A frozen Mango Margarita is a fabulous drink for a summer holiday. It's best enjoyed during the day when the sun is shining. It follows the basic principle of a traditional Mexican Margarita but adds some bold fruit flavor to the mix. It has a frothy texture, is ice cold, and combines the refreshing, sweet taste of mango with the punch from the popular Mexican spirit.
Ingredients for a frozen Mango Margarita
Basically, you need all ingredients you would for a classic Margarita, plus some mango. Meaning, Tequila, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, salt, and the star of the show: frozen Mangos. And that's also the beauty of this cocktail. As opposed to a Mango Margarita on the rocks, it works with frozen fruit. And that makes the whole mixing process pretty straightforward.
Even though I prefer to make the effort and use fresh fruits if I have the time. -Getting fresh, ripe mangos, dicing, and then freezing them yourself creates a sweeter and more intense mango flavor than frozen fruits do. But it's also a lot of extra work and not necessary to make a great Mango Margarita.
So, if you decide to use fresh mango, the drink works beautifully without an additional sweetener. With frozen fruit, I prefer to add a sweet component to enrich the sweet taste of the mangos. You can go with simple syrup or agave syrup, which complements the flavor of the agave-based Tequila nicely.
How to make a frozen Mango Margarita
Start with squeezing some fresh lime for the lime juice. Then continue with the salt rim for your glasses. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim and dip it in chili salt. For a classic Margarita, I prefer fleur de sel, but with the texture of a frozen drink, I -like many others- somehow find the chili salt a better match.
Once done with salt-rimming your glasses, you can start with the actual drink. Because you have to use a blender for this frozen Mango Margarita, it's easier to prepare it in a larger volume. Therefore, as an exception from our other recipes, the measurements below are for four servings instead of one only.
Using frozen mango will save you the time for freezing and cutting them, as they usually come in small dices already. So all you need to do, really, is grab your food blender and combine all ingredients plus some ice cubes until you get a thick, smooth, and silky texture. Your drink is now more of a sorbet than a cocktail. So if you want to, you can let it water down a bit simply by waiting until some of the frozen water melts and makes your cocktail more liquid.
Unfrozen versions of a Mango Margarita
If you don't like frozen drinks, in general, but love the idea of a Mango Margarita, you can also make unfrozen versions. One would be a Mango Margarita on the rocks, prepared with the juice from fresh mangos.
But in case you don't have a juicer handy, you can also achieve a great result with fresh diced fruit instead of frozen mangos. Just substitute the frozen mangos in the recipe below with fresh ones and add another handful of ice cubes - but make sure your blender can handle them. You will get a beautiful, smoothy-like drink with a boozy kick of Tequila.
The best Tequila for a Mango Margarita
Usually, I use Silver Tequila for Margaritas, but for the Mango version, a Reposado or Añejo adds a nice layer of flavor. The sweetness from the mangos goes perfectly with the sweeter notes of aged Tequila.
As with all cocktails, you should use a spirit base of decent quality to achieve great results. If you're looking for good value for money, Patrón is a nice mid-shelf choice. But a silver or other types of Tequila work, too. So you don't need to hurry to the shops and buy an aged one if you have a good bottle of unaged Tequila at home.
For more inspiration on the Tequila part check our list of Tequilas that work great in a Margarita.
- 1 Food Blender
- 1 Jigger
- 3 cups frozen, diced mango
- 6 oz Tequila Reposado or Añejo
- 2 oz Triple Sec
- 3 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz agave syrup
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Moisten the rim of four cocktail glasses with a lime wedge
- Dip the rims of your glass in sea salt and set it aside while preparing the Margarita.
- Use a blender to combine Tequila, Triple Sec, diced frozen mango, ice, lime juice, and agave syrup.
- Pour directly out of the blender into your prepared glasses and enjoy.
- If the consistency is too thick for your liking, let the drinks sit for a few minutes. The water will melt and create a more liquidy cocktail.