It's officially Margarita Month, so that means it's time to break out the tequila and celebrate! This Spicy Mango Margarita with Tajin is a spicy, fruity twist on the classic Mexican Margarita Cocktail! Bursting with tropical flavors and spicy and pizazz, it's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.
I don't know about you, but when the weather starts to warm up I start to crave a good margarita. I love how versatile they are - you can make them sweet or spicy depending on your mood. This delicious margarita is the perfect combination of sweet with a hint of spicy. Now you don't have to wait for the next time you visit a Mexican restaurant- you can easily make it at home!
This easy recipe is perfect for spring and summertime because it features mango, which is in season right now. Plus, the addition of Tajin gives it a nice zing and added spiciness from the chili powder. So if you're looking for a new twist on the classic margarita, this Spicy Mango Jalapeño Margarita is sure to knock your socks off!
WHY WE LOVE THIS SPICY MANGO MARGARITA
- Perfect summer cocktail-This margarita is spicy, sweet, and tart, this Spicy Mango Margarita is the perfect summer cocktail! The mango and jalapeno give it a delicious spicy sweetness, while the lime juice and tequila give it a classic margarita flavor and the perfect balance.
- Always a hit with friends-These margaritas are always a hit with our friends. Plus, they're perfect for sipping by the pool or enjoying at a backyard cookout.
- Easy to make-You can whip these margaritas up in no time at all. All you need is a blender.
- Customizable- Want to swap out the mango for another fruit? No problem! I've made this with passion fruit puree, strawberries, and even pineapple. Depending on the sweetness of the fruit, you may need to add a bit more honey or a dash of regular simple syrup to the mix.
- Ripe Mangos- or mango juice
- Fresh Lime juice
- Silver tequila
- Cointreau or any orange liquor
- Ice cubes
- Tajín seasoning
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
- Tajin is optional: You can rim your glass with Tajin, kosher salt, sugar, or nothing at all. It’s all totally up to your preference and how much of a spicy twist you are looking for.
- Mango: You can use frozen mango chunks or 4 small mangos cut into cubes. I think fresh mangoes are best, but you can use whichever you prefer.
- Choose your tequila: I prefer using 100% agave Tequila Blanco or silver tequila. Although expensive, Reposado tequila is a delicious addition. Gold tequila can be used too, however it is known for giving hangovers because it blend tequilas and used additives.
- Jalapenos are optional: If you prefer a sweeter cocktail over spicy drinks, leave the jalapeno out. For a higher spice level, keep the seeds in!
- On the Rocks: if you prefer your spicy margarita on the rocks, blend the mango until smooth, them mix all of the drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over ice.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS TO MAKE THIS MANGO MARGARITA RECIPE
- Glasses or margarita glasses
HOW TO MAKE THIS SPICY MARGARITA
This spicy jalapeño mango margarita is super easy to make. Whip up just a glass or make it for a crowd. Follow the steps below for homemade spicy mango margaritas in just under 5 minutes!
- First, place the mango, lime juice, tequila, and cointreau in a blender.
- Then, blend everything until smooth.
- Add your ice and blend to desired consistency.
- If desired, use a lime wedge to moisten the rims of the glasses and then dip the rims in a small plate of salt or Tajin.
- Finally, pour the mango mixture into the glasses. Garnish with a lime.
Serve and Enjoy!
TIPS AND STORAGE
- If the mixture is too thick to blend, let it sit and melt for a few minutes.
- Use fresh mangos. For a sweeter, bolder taste, use fresh yellow sweet mangos.
- Pour leftover margaritas into an airtight container.
- Place it in the refrigerator.
- Leftover margaritas will last in the fridge for up to four days.
- Mason jars work well.
WHAT FOOD TO SERVE WITH MARGARITAS
Here in Southern California, you can never have a margarita without chips and salsa, it's basically a moral imperative. If you want to get fancy, you can serve it with a side of guacamole or any type of Mexican food. These margaritas also go great with a sweet and salty BBQ sauce and taste even better while you're grilling up some hamburgers and hot dogs!
Some other ideas include-
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much tequila should I use?
We recommend using 1 ounce of tequila per person. You can use more or less depending on your preference.
What if I don't have Cointreau?
Cointreau is an orange liqueur that gives a well balanced, smooth taste to the margarita. If you don't have any on hand, you can substitute it with any triple sec, Grand Marnier or simply fresh orange juice would be a good option.
What kind of mango puree should I use?
We recommend using fresh or frozen mango puree for the best flavor. However, you can also use canned mango puree or mango nectar if that's what you have on hand. Another option would be to use mango sorbet for a frozen margarita blend!
Can I make this margarita without the jalapeño?
Yes, you can! If you don't like things too spicy, you can leave out the slices of jalapeño or just add a little bit. You can also add more jalapenos if you like things extra spicy.
What is Tajin?
Tajin is a spicy blend of chili peppers, dehydrated lime juice, and salt. It can be used in many different ways from sprinkling on fresh fruit to using on the rim of your glass for a little kick!
OTHER RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY
- 3 cups mango chunks fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1 teaspoon diced jalapeno optional
- 3 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Cointreau
- Ice Cubes
- Lime wedges
- Tajin or Sea salt for the glass rims optional
Place the mango, lime juice, jalapeño slices, tequila, and Cointreau in a blender and blend until smooth.
Add about ½ cup of ice and blend until smooth. Add more ice if you would like it a thicker consistency.
If desired, use a lime wedge to moisten the rims of the glasses and then dip the rims in a small plate of salt.
Pour the mango mixture into the glasses and garnish with a lime slice.