A Mango Margarita on the Rocks is the perfect warm-weather drink. It combines the zing of Tequila with the sweet freshness of mangos, the citrusy tartness of lemon, and a hint of bitterness from orange liqueur to balance it all out.
This recipe sets the mood for summer instantly. And that's all it takes:
About the drink
You need Mangos, Tequila, Triple Sec, and lemons. Using fresh, ripe Mangos is the key to the perfect Mango Margarita on ice. Juices or nectar won't bring enough flavor to your cocktail, and you won't get the summer-mood freshness either.
And getting 100% Mango juice in stores seems to be an impossible task anyway. Looking at the back of a container, you usually see stuff like "apple juice from concentrate" or "pear juice from concentrate". -Even if the label on the front gives you the impression you would buy 100% mango juice, you're usually not.
So, if you want to do a Mango Margarita on the rocks, juicing fresh mangos is your best option - the same goes for the lime juice, by the way.
Once you have your fresh Mango juice, get your cocktail shaker. Add all ingredients to your shaker, and add plenty of ice. Shake until the outside of your cocktail shaker feels ice cold, then strain the content over ice into a (chili) salt-rimmed glass.
Usually, we like to use Silver Tequila for Margaritas, like, for instance, with a Coconut Margarita or also the classic version. But in this particular case, I prefer a Reposado or Añejo. The sweet and rich flavor of mangos goes extremely well with the aroma of aged spirits. For instance, Patrón offers good value for money. But a Blanco or Silver Tequila works, too. Only make sure to buy one of decent quality because a cocktail can only be as good as the base spirit used. -Even if you add a flavor as intense as mango.
How to pick the perfect fruit
If you don't buy mangos regularly, you might find it hard to tell the ripe ones, the premature, ore the overripe ones apart. -The nice red cheeks won't tell you anything except which side was facing the sun. However, these three things will:
- a ripe mango has a very fruity smell,
- it has plump flesh on the stem,
- and it will give slightly when you gently squeeze it with your thumb. Don't press too hard, though. Otherwise, you will cause dents that will rot quickly.
I like to buy my mangos a few days earlier. They continue maturing at room temperature and are usually last long. -Even if bought quite ripe already. But don't store them in the fridge. They will only lose their beautiful flavor.
How to skin a Mango
To remove the pit from a mango, hold the fruit with one hand, stem down. Then take a sharp knife to cut from the top of the mango down one side of the pit. Do this on both sides. Use your knife to cut off the fruit flesh close to the skin and dice the halves.
And if your fruit is already quite ripe, simply scoop out its flesh with a tablespoon. The middle part might look as if there's a lot of fruit left, but it is mostly pit and unusable.
-You may have seen people crosscutting and then inverting mango halves into fruity hedgehogs or something. But, unless it is for garnish, don't bother. With ripe mango, it's not even half as easy as these clips make it look.
There are multiple ways to approach this drink, and if juicing your fresh mangos first seems like too much of an effort, you can also make a frozen Mango Margarita by using frozen, diced mangos. To make a frozen Mango Margarita, you will need a blender instead of a cocktail shaker.
The second is, making it a not frozen Mango Margarita. It's a refreshing, slightly smoothie-like drink with mango puree from fresh fruits. This one can be made in a shaker or in a blender.
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 Jigger
- 1 Hawthorne Strainer
- 1 Juicer
- 1½ oz Tequila - Reposado or Añejo
- 1½ oz fresh mango juice
- ¾ oz fresh lime juice
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- 1 tsp agave syrup - optional
- Moisten the rim of your glass with a lime wedge.
- Dip the rim of your glass in chili salt and set it aside while preparing the Mango Margarita.
- Combine Tequila, Triple Sec, mango juice, and lime juice in your shaker and shake with plenty of ice. If you want a bit of extra sweetness, add a teaspoon of agave or simple syrup.1½ oz Tequila, 1½ oz fresh mango juice, ¾ oz fresh lime juice, ½ oz Triple Sec, 1 tsp agave syrup
- Use a strainer to pour the drink over fresh ice into your prepared glass.