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Mango Margarita Recipe (on the rocks)

It’s Friday… Can you dig it? I know I can. This weekend is packed with awesomeness. Not just here in New Orleans (Jazz Fest) but everywhere (Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo). Great holiday weekend – for not really being “holidays.” They’re more just reasons to drink and celebrate with friends. What more could you want?

Mango Margarita on the Rocks Recipe with Tajin seasoning on the rim

Alrighty, so today I present you our last recipe for this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration – a tall, cool mango margarita recipe. It’s on the rocks because that’s how I like to roll with margaritas. I find them to be less sweet overall and more like what I prefer to drink in a cocktail. I think people are in either camp – either you like frozen or rocks. I suppose there’s a class that likes both. There’s really no wrong answer here… It’s booze!

Mango Margarita on the Rocks Recipe with Tajin seasoning on the rim

Probably my favorite thing about margaritas is that they are so easy to make. Below you see the basic ingredients – just mango juice, tequila, orange liquor and some lime juice. Easy-peasy. I like to combine mine in a cocktail shaker and shake it up real good. Not sure if that’s the bona-fide way, but I like what it does for the drink.

Key Ingredients for a Mango Margarita

So when you’re making frozen margaritas, everything gets thrown in the blender and liquified. Hence, it’s possible to use fresh mangoes and not really be tripped up. Well since I don’t have a juicer yet, I can’t make my own mango juice. So I did purchase some. Thankfully, it’s 100% mango juice with no added sugar. I love the beautiful yellow/orange color it has. Just stunning!

Mango Juice for Mango Margarita

Let’s talk briefly about tequila. To me, the best tequila for margaritas is blanco tequila. It’s also called white or silver tequila. This tequila is light in color and unaged. Blanco tequila can be a little “harsh” when the tequila is from 100% agave (as it should be). But mixing it with the rest of the margarita ingredients helps to mellow the flavor. While the reposado and anejo tequila are more complex in their flavor profiles, I find they get lost among the other flavors of the margarita.

Blanco (aka Silver) Tequila - my favorite tequila for margaritas!

So you might be wondering what that seasoning is on the rim of my cocktail. It’s actually Tajin seasoning – a lemon/chile flavored spice mix that tastes great sprinkled on fresh fruit like mangoes and pineapple. I kinda got the idea from Food and Wine except that they used chili powder. I like the Tajin because it’s got the lime flavor and a little salt in it too. Perfect balance. You should be able to find this a Mexican speciality stores or at larger national grocery chains. Or if you live in Texas, you can probably get it anywhere!

Mango Margarita with Tajin Seasoning

I hope that you’ll make one (or more) of these margaritas this weekend. Take some time and relax, slow the daily grind a bit and enjoy the simple things in life. I know I plan on spending my weekend that way. We’re only doing one actual day of Jazz Fest so the weekend should mostly be spent relaxing and enjoying the people-watching.

Mango Margarita on the Rocks Recipe

Now that you’re chilled out, let’s get to that recipe…

Yield: 1 cocktail

Mango Margarita Recipe (on the rocks)

This mango margarita recipe is served on the rocks (my favorite way). As a bonus, we've lined the rim of our glass with Tajin seasoning for a salty/spicy contrast. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 2 ounces mango juice
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur (e.g. Gran Gala, Cointreau, Triple Sec)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/4 cup Tajin seasoning in a small bowl or on a small plate

Method:

  1. Add the tequila, lime juice, mango juice and orange liqueur to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake for about 10 seconds until mixture is chilled.
  3. Run the lime wedge around the rim of a glass then gently press the glass into the bowl of Tajin seasoning. Coat the rim well with the seasoning.
  4. Fill that glass with ice then pour the margarita carefully into the glass.
  5. Serve with cocktail straws and an additional lime wedge (if desired).

Prep:7 minutes

Total:7 minutes

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