Tomorrow is my little brother’s 21st birthday, which makes him my not-so-little brother. For my sister’s 21st birthday I made adult hot chocolate with peppermint, gingerbread, and eggnog marshmallows. To this day, that is one of my favorite posts on the blog, partially because I love all things Christmas, and partially because that combination is ridiculously delicious. But, since hot chocolate and marshmallows is more appropriate for her December birthday for than my brother’s warm July birthday, a new “adult” recipe is in order! Mango margaritas are much more fitting for the heat of July and are perfect for a summer celebration.
Fresh mango makes the base of these delicious drinks, and when combined with the lime each sip is so fresh! You can pour this over crushed ice or add more water (or tequila) to thin it out, but I love the thicker consistency the mangos give it. It almost has a smoothie vibe when you first make it, but after a few minutes it does melt a bit into a sip-able drink like the typical margarita.
One of my favorite parts of this mango margarita is the spicy salty rim combined with the sweet and tangy drink. The rim gets its color and spice from chile powder, and a classic flavor from the salt that would typically adorn a margarita rim. A sip of the sweet mango margarita tones down the spice of the thin salt rim and creates a great flavor combo. If you or your friends don’t love spice, leave out the chile powder and just stick with salt. You can’t go wrong either way.
On top of the amazing flavor and smooth texture, these are super easy to make for a crowd. The recipe can easily be multiplied to fill a pitcher. Now the only question – when is the party?
2 medium mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 cups ice
6 ounces tequila
4 ounces grand marnier (or other orange liqueur)
4 ounces fresh lime juice
agave or simple syrup, to taste (optional)
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
In a blender, puree the mango chunks, ice, tequila, grand marnier, and lime juice. Taste and add a little more tequila, agave, or a little simple syrup, as desired. I like to taste it before adding any sweeteners because I often find that the mango is sweet enough. If yours is not sweet enough, add agave or simple syrup (1/2 cup sugar dissolved in 1/2 cup water) to taste.
Mix the chile powder and salt on a plate. Wipe the rims of each glass with lime juice. Dip them in the chile-salt mixture and twist to coat the rim. Pour the mango margarita in each cup and garnish with a lime wedge to serve.