This Mango Jalapeño Margarita on the rocks is made with mango juice, jalapeno pepper, tequila blanco, triple sec, angostura bitters, tajin, and limes.
After living in Mexico for many years, I have seen that they have different margarita variations all over. Apart from the traditional margarita, this was always one of my favorites. Mango is my favorite fruit so I have always wanted to try a margarita with mango instead of lime.
The trick to a good margarita is to use good quality products. I love this recipe because of the tart flavor of the mango mixed with the bitters and the sweet triple sec is so perfect. You get a bitter, sour and sweet flavor, and of course, I had to add a jalapeno to make it spicy as well. I prefer my margaritas on the rocks, but you could totally make this frozen as well with some ice. Blend the mango juice, tequila, triple sec and bitters to make a frozen mango jalapeno margarita.
- What is a Spicy Mango Margarita?
- Why you will love this recipe
- Spicy Mango Margarita Ingredients
- How to make a Mango Jalapeño Margarita
- Jalapeño-Mango Margarita Recipe Variations
- How to store a Mango Jalapeño Margarita
- Mango Jalapeño Margarita Recipe Top tips
- Mango Jalapeño Margarita Recipe
- Food safety
What is a Spicy Mango Margarita?
A mango jalapeno margarita is a type of cocktail that typically contains tequila, lime juice, mango puree or juice, jalapeno peppers, and a sweetener such as agave nectar or simple syrup. The ingredients are usually combined in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strained into a salt-rimmed glass filled with fresh ice. The result is a refreshing and slightly spicy drink with a tropical twist. The level of spiciness can be adjusted to personal preference by adding more or less jalapeno pepper. It's a popular cocktail for those who enjoy a little heat with their sweet.
Why you will love this recipe
- Unique Flavor Combination: The combination of sweet mango and spicy jalapeno creates a unique flavor profile that is both refreshing and exciting to the taste buds. This unexpected pairing is what makes the drink stand out from other margaritas.
- Versatility: Mango jalapeno margaritas are versatile and can be enjoyed year-round. They are perfect for summer sipping by the pool, but also work well as a winter cocktail with their warm and spicy kick.
- Balance of Flavors: The sweetness of the mango helps balance out the spiciness of the jalapeno, creating a well-rounded and balanced cocktail that is not too sweet or too spicy.
- Nutritional Benefits: Mangoes are rich in vitamins A and C, fiber, and antioxidants, while jalapenos contain capsaicin, which is known to have anti-inflammatory and metabolism-boosting properties.
Spicy Mango Margarita Ingredients
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
- Mango juice
- Jalapeno pepper
- Tequila blanco
- Triple sec
- Angostura bitters
See recipe card for quantities for Mango Jalapeño Margarita on the Rocks.
How to make a Mango Jalapeño Margarita
In a shaker filled with ice, add the mango juice, tequila, triple sec, and angostura bitters. Shake vigorously until the outside shaker is very cold, about 30 seconds.
Place Tajin in a small plate. Rub the rim of a glass with lime wedge, and dip the rim in the plate of Tajin.
Fill the glass with fresh ice. Strain the shaken margarita over the fresh ice. Garnish with a slice of lime and a thin slice of the pepper. Serve immediately.
Hint: Make sure the shaker feels cold before pouring.
Mango juice: There are many to go about make this mango juice. You could make the juice yourself, or buy store bought mango juice. Alternatively, you could use mango puree.
Jalapeno: I love using jalapenos for this recipe, but I have made the same recipe using serrano peppers too.
Tequila: It is important to use a good tequila brand like Casamigos, Espolon, or Yave. These Tequilas are good quality for not a super expensive price.
Triple sec: I would use Cointreau or grand mariner for a good quality liquor if you don’t have triple sec.
Jalapeño-Mango Margarita Recipe Variations
Cooking is a chance to be creative! Have fun with it and feel free to make your own variation.
- Spicy - add more jalapeno slices if you like a spicer margarita.
- Deluxe - serve with some apps like these Vegetarian Nachos.
- Kid friendly - Check out this Margarita Mocktail if your kids feel left out!
To make a mango jalapeno margarita, you will need the following equipment:
- Blender or Cocktail Shaker: A blender or cocktail shaker is essential for mixing the ingredients together. I love using this Shaker set from Amazon.
- Knife and Cutting Board: You will need a knife and cutting board to prepare the mango and jalapeno peppers.
- Strainer: A strainer is necessary to remove any pulp or seeds from the drink when pouring it into a glass.
- Margarita Glasses: Margarita glasses are traditional for serving margaritas, but any tall glass will work.
- Ice: You will need plenty of ice to keep the drink cold.
How to store a Mango Jalapeño Margarita
Mango jalapeno margaritas are best enjoyed fresh. Mango jalapeno margaritas can be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Keep in mind that the longer the drink sits, the more the flavors will meld together and the spiciness may intensify.
Mango Jalapeño Margarita Recipe Top tips
- Use fresh ingredients: For the best flavor, use fresh mangoes, lime juice, and jalapeno peppers. Avoid using canned or pre-packaged ingredients, as they may have added sugars or preservatives that can alter the taste of the drink.
- Adjust the spiciness to your liking: The amount of jalapeno peppers you use will determine how spicy the drink is. Start with a small amount and add more to your taste. You can also remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeno peppers for a milder flavor.
- Use a high-quality tequila: A high-quality tequila will make a big difference in the taste of your margarita. Look for a 100% agave tequila for the best flavor.
- Blend the ingredients well: Whether using a blender or cocktail shaker, make sure to blend the ingredients well to ensure a smooth and consistent drink.
- Rim the glass with salt: For a traditional margarita presentation, rim the glass with salt before pouring in the drink. To do this, rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip the rim in a shallow dish of coarse salt.
- Garnish with lime and jalapeno: For a finishing touch, garnish the drink with a fresh lime wedge and a slice of jalapeno pepper.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove