Mango Jalapeño Margarita

You don’t have to be a bartender to make amazing drinks at home! This insanely bright and fresh margarita is bursting with tangy mango and a hint of spicy jalapeño. It’s the perfect cooling drink for a scorching summer day. Try it with some tacos or get some chips and dip it in our own guacamole recipe!

I have included both a detailed step-by-step process at making this drink, with some general tips about cocktail making, as well as a quicker version of the recipe at the end!

For a non-alcoholic alternative, try Ritual’s tequila alternative in place of alcohol tequila. You can also forego using a spirit altogether, and top the drink with more mango nectar and a bit of mango seltzer to even out the drink.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces of tequila
  • 1 oz of fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz of Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • ~2 tablespoons of fresh mango, diced
  • fresh jalapeño, minced (start with about 1/4 of a jalapeño and then if you like it on the spicier side, add more than that)
  • Splash of mango nectar juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish ideas: lime wheel, salt rim, Chile-lime rim, mango chili lollipop

Equipment you will need: a cocktail shaker, a cocktail strainer, a citrus juicer, a jigger*, a muddler, one good knife for slicing

*A measuring cup with ounces will also work if you don’t have a jigger.

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How to Make the Mango Jalapeño Margarita

Making cocktails at home is not as difficult as some make it look! You can make a cocktail out of so many different things found in your fridge. I was inspired to make this recipe after looking in my fridge, seeing a ripe mango I needed to use, and some leftover jalapeños from a recent grilling day with friends.

The three main elements for most cocktails are a spirit (tequila, bourbon, etc.), a sweet (liqueur, simple syrup), and a sour (lime juice, lemon juice). If you have those three elements in your drink, chances are, you are going to have something tasty. Learning to balance those three can take time, but I find that following recipes can be helpful for learning this. There’s also a lots of room for your personal taste–I am someone who likes acidity in drinks, so I tend to add a little more of the sour element when I make cocktails. If you stick to it, you will learn how to balance the flavors in your drinks to suit your unique flavor pallette!

To make this margarita, start by preparing your glass. If you have had a margarita at a restaurant before, usually, the glass comes with a salted rim. Whether you like the salt or not, the rimming step is fun and can be changed to sugar or even chili-lime salt for some extra flavor. On a small plate, pour a small layer of salt (or other) into the center and flatten it out. Grab your glass, slice a lime wedge, and rub the lime all around the rim of the glass. Turn over the glass, and gently dab the rim all around the salt. Put the glass in the freezer to chill.

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Now it’s time to make the margarita!

Start by dicing your mango and mincing the jalapeño. Jalapeño is delicious in this drink, and a little goes a long way. It is SPICY, so if you are not someone who usually drenches their food in hot sauce, go a little easy on the jalapeño this time around. Then, if you make this recipe again and needed a little more of that spicy bite, add some more.

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Next, juice some limes! It’s true no matter who you ask–fresh lime juice is the best and only way to get a really astounding margarita even with the most basic ingredients. Look for the softest limes at the store when choosing limes, and don’t put them in the fridge at home. Room-temperature limes yield more juice. If you accidentally did put your limes in the fridge, submerge them in a bowl of hot water for twenty minutes before making this margarita.

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After you have juiced the limes, it is time to build the drink! Drop your mango and jalapeño into the cocktail shaker. Muddle them well for a good ten seconds or so. Add in your tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice next.

Now is the fun part! Drop a few ice cubes into the cocktail shaker. Secure the lid onto the shaker, and put one hand on the bottom and one hand on the top. Shake vigorously for twenty seconds or so. Shaking cocktails looks fancy in the bar, but the whole reason for doing so is to force ingredients of different kinds together. In a margarita, you have a two alcohol liquids and lime juice. Shaking them will allow them to mix better and more evenly. That is why drinks that are all alcohol (like a Negroni, for example, which is gin, Campari, and vermouth) are stirred. Since they are all alcohol liquids, stirring them is enough to mix the ingredients sufficiently.

After shaking, briefly set down the shaker, and grab your glass out of the freezer. Drop some ice cubes into the glass. Strain out your margarita into the glass. Add a splash of mango nectar and stir everything together well.

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While a garnish is not required or necessary, it sure is a fun way to add some art to your drink! And that’s the fun of cocktails, right? It is an artistic beverage experience. I just made up my own little garnish extravaganza for this drink: I used a toothpick and made a rectangular piece of orange peel, then I twisted the peel onto the toothpick in a spiral shape and added a lime wedge. Then, I had some leftover mango chili lollipops. I sort of mushed them together in a way that made sense and set them on top of the drink. But you can also simply make a lime wheel or wedge and dress the top of the glass with it in so many ways. You can place the lime wheel flat directly onto the drink, or you can slice it half way and stage it on the rim, the classic lime wheel look. Or, make up your own garnish using mango and jalapeño!

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Now you’re ready to get your summer buzz on! Let me know what you think in the comments down below.

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Mango Jalapeño Margarita


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  • Author: Noela
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

This makes enough for one drink. Just double everything for making drinks for two!


Ingredients

Scale

2 ounces of tequila

1 oz of fresh lime juice

3/4 oz of Cointreau or other orange liqueur

~2 tablespoons of fresh mango, diced

fresh jalapeño, minced (start with about 1/4 of a jalapeño and then if you like it on the spicier side, add more than that)

Splash of mango nectar juice

Ice cubes

Garnish ideas: lime wheel, salt rim, Chile-lime rim, mango chili lollipop rim


Instructions

*Before you start, pick your glass. Pour your rimming stuff (salt, sugar, or chili-lime salt) onto a small plate. Using a cut lime wedge, run the lime wedge over the rim of the glass. Dip the rim of the glass in a the stuff until you reach desired thickness. Set the glass in the freezer to chill.

Now you’re ready to make the cocktail!

1. On a clean cutting board, dice the mango and mince the jalapeño. Set aside.

2. In the cocktail strainer, add mango and jalapeño. Muddle well for about 10 seconds.

3. Add the tequila, cointreau, and lime juice to the shaker.

4. Add ice to the shaker. Put on the top of the shaker tightly and shake the mix vigorously for about 20 seconds.

5. Fill the pre-chilled glass with ice. Strain out drink into the glass.

6. Add a splash of mango nectar, stir, and garnish.

Enjoy!

Notes

Equipment you will need: a cocktail shaker, a cocktail strainer, a citrus juicer, a jigger or measuring cup with ounces, a muddler, one good knife for slicing

  • Prep Time: <5 mins
  • Category: Cocktails

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