When we go out for Mexican, I am a creature of habit. I order a margarita on the rocks, no salt. I make an exception at one particular Mexican restaurant, where I order a prickly pear margarita. I have no idea what a prickly pear is, but it makes a darn tasty margarita!
So even though I'm a boring margarita patron at restaurants, I love experimenting with fun new flavors at home. Blackberry-Thyme is a good one. Peach is a summer favorite, and cranberry and pomegranate are mainstays during the fall. But one thing is pretty constant - always on the rocks. So these mango margaritas were most definitely outside of my comfort zone. And I liked it!
On our honeymoon, the resort in St. Lucia made the most delicious mango daiquiris. It was basically just mango puree, rum, and lime juice. Nothing else. I definitely enjoyed my fair share. These margaritas reminded me a bit of those wonderful drinks in paradise. Mango, lime, and tequila are the stars, with a subtle sweetness from the triple sec and the tiniest bit of sugar.
I used frozen mango to keep the flavor even more pure (and because I had some in the freezer already), but feel free to use fresh and just add a bit more ice.
And if you are looking for more fun margaritas, check out my friend Shawnda's blog. She is the margarita queen, and not to be sacrilegious, but I'm pretty sure that Cinco de Mayo is her Christmas. Bottoms up!
Frozen Mango Margaritas
adapted from The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks, via Cook Like a Champion
- 3 oz silver tequila
- 1 1/2 - 2 oz triple sec
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks
- spent lime wedges, for rimming the glasses
- 1 tsp sugar + 1/2 tsp kosher salt for rimming the glasses
Combine all the ingredients through the mango in a blender and blend until smooth. Check the consistency and add lime juice, more tequila, or ice as needed.
Use a spent lime half to moisten the rims of the glasses. On a small plate, combine the sugar and salt and dip the glass to coat the rims in the mixture. Divide the margaritas between the glasses and serve immediately.