- If you'd like a spicy kick to your mango margarita, you can rim the glass with tajin. To do this, run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in the tajin. If you prefer your mango margarita a little more chill (or a little less caliente), you can skip this step.
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice, mango tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and agave.
- Shake to chill.
- Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
- Garnish with lime wedge.
Variations and Substitutions
Mango tequila can be difficult to locate at times; here are a few ways to still get that much-desired mango margarita.
- Muddle a cup of diced fresh mango with a splash of tequila until the mango is well juiced and pulpy.
- Skip the flavored tequila and muddling in favor of mango liqueur, aiming for about an ounce.
- Increase the amount of agave for a sweeter mango margarita. You can use simple syrup or honey as well.
- Muddle a jalapeño coin or two for a spicy kick in your mango margarita.
- Make yourself a smokey margarita using mezcal instead of silver tequila. On the other hand, you can make yours even more tropical by using coconut tequila.
- Use cinnamon-infused tequila for a spicy kick.
There's no need to feel cornered by a traditional lime wedge garnish in a margarita. To punch up your mango margarita, incorporate fresh mango into your garnish. You can do this with mango slices, peeled or unpeeled, or piercing several pieces of mango with a cocktail skewer. A rim can give your margarita that traditional look, and you can do this with sugar, salt, or tajin, depending on your preference.
About the Mango Margarita
The mango margarita is easily one of the most tropical margaritas. But if you're looking for ways to level up, mangoes pair well with many other fruits and herbs, too. You can add these flavors by muddling fresh ingredients or adding liqueurs. A few flavors to choose from include blueberries, coconut, honey, papaya, pineapple, raspberries, or strawberries. For an even more unique mango margarita, consider adding vanilla or cayenne.
If you're muddling any ingredients, do so with a splash of tequila before adding the other ingredients and shaking with ice. If you're adding liqueurs or syrups, start with three-quarters of an ounce.
Mango for the Gusto
Using mango in a cocktail may have you thinking of tropical rum drinks before it has you thinking of tequila and margaritas, but that's no reason not to give it a try. Go for the gusto! Stray from your usual classic or strawberry margarita path in favor of that tropical flavor.