Spicy Mango Margaritas are a fiesta in a glass! Why long for your next visit to your favorite Mexican restaurant when you can bring the party home?
It's January 2021 and the dumpster fire that was 2020 has yet to leave my anxiety bank. Does anyone else wish they could fast forward to summer so we can at least break free of our chilly households and catch some sun? Hit up one of our favorite restaurants that we haven't been to in a year? Maybe pretend that s*it isn't about to hit the fan all over again?
If all we can do is daydream about sun, warmth, good dining, and some semblance of normalcy… let's share our wishful thinking.
What do you picture when you think of summer? Is it BBQs on a hot afternoon? Swimming at the beach? Reading on your back porch? Being cooked FOR (and not doing the cooking)? Patio drinks with your best gal pals?
For me, it is a combination of all of the above. And all of the above can be paired with a refreshing margarita – the quintessential summer drink!
It's no secret that I love a good cocktail (and this one may surpass my favorite Cool Gin and Cucumber Cocktail). Oh, how I wish I could have one of these bad boys right about now. But alas, I am 6 months pregnant, and spicy mango margaritas are a thing of the past – at least for now. Guess you'll have to have one for me as well (oh please, like you're complaining).
Spicy Mango Margaritas
Spicy margaritas are one of those drinks where, when you hear one of your friends order it, it's like a lightbulb goes off in your head reminding you of how much you like them, and how *oh so good* it sounds right about now.
“Oh, yea, I'll have one of those too please!”
Well, what if I told you that you could take all the spicy bliss you get at your favorite Mexican restaurant and have your own fiesta at home?
Hello, Cinco de Mayo – at home! Bring on the chips and salsa!
But, while you're at it… why limit yourself to just spicy margs when you can add some fresh sweetness to your glass as well? Enter, spicy mango margaritas.
The beauty of this blessed cocktail is that they are super customizable and can work well with just about any blended/pureed fruit. For this recipe, I pureed fresh mango (with a dab of water for consistency) ahead of time, but you can use store-bought mango puree if that is easier for you. .
I mean, there are times when all we need is the cocktail in hand, amiright?
How to Make a Spicy Margarita
I am always looking for twists on your standard spicy margarita recipe. But, what makes it spicy in the first place?
For one, fresh jalapenos. Believe it or not, adding a few slices of jalapenos to your drink mixer before giving it a shake can offer enough of a kick for the fan of spice. It's amazing how far such a small dabble of flavor can go.
But, if you're like me and prefer to burn off your taste buds, that extra spice mixture on the rim offers the perfect kick to your sip.
Our rim consists of cayenne pepper and salt – simple yet delish. Why?
If you've ever visited Africa or a Caribbean island, there is a good chance you've stumbled across a street stand or seller handing out fresh mangoes with a bag filled with – you guessed it – cayenne pepper and salt. For some reason that I cannot describe, this sweet and savory mash-up is to die for.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
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For the Cocktail
- 2 shots Tequila (1.5 - 2oz)
- 1 shot Fresh Mango Puree (add more if you like a creamier texture)
- 1 shot Triple Sec
- 1 shot Lime Juice
- 1/4 Jalapeno, sliced
- 1 tsp Agave
For the Garnish
- 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 slice Lime
- Add the tequila, mango puree, lime juice, triple sec, jalapeno, and agave to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice to chill, and shake vigorously until well-blended. Adjust the strength of alcohol as desired. Add more mango puree if you prefer a creamier texture or sweeter taste.
- Mix cayenne pepper and salt together and spread on a plate or flat surface. Swirl a slice of lime around the rim of the glass and then press the rim into the mixture on the plate. Sub sugar if you prefer a sweeter rim.
- Add a handful of ice to your prepared glass and fill with margarita cocktail. Garnish with a few slices of fresh jalapeno and a lime wedge.
[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Spicy Mango Margaritas – – For the cocktail: tequila ((1.5 – 2oz)), fresh mango puree (Add more if you like a creamier texture.), Lime Juice, triple sec, jalpeno (sliced), agave, For the rim & garnish: Cayenne Pepper, salt, Lime, , Add all of the margarita ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice to chill, and shake vigorously until well-blended. Adjust the strength of alcohol as desired. Add more mango puree if you prefer a creamier texture or sweeter taste. ; Mix cayenne pepper and salt together and spread on a plate or flat surface. Swirl a slice of lime around the rim of the glass and then press the rim into the mixture on the plate. Sub sugar if you prefer a sweeter rim.
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