Mango Chipotle Margarita
Happy National Margarita Day. Yup! That’s today! And I have a savory, salty, sweet Mango Chipotle Margarita that will knock your face off. Oooo yeah.
Are you a savory cocktail person? You know, like, do you like Bloody Mary’s and Dirty Martinis? And do you just plain love the salted rim on a Margarita? I do. Loooooove. Drinks that are not sweet. That are tangy and/or salty. That’s where it’s at for me. Which is why I came up with today’s savory Mango Chipotle Margarita. It is so so so good.
Before I tell you more about this margarita I want to let you know about something pretty cool. My sister site, The Cookful, has an entire series devoted to making perfect margaritas. There’s info on how to choose the right tequila, how to rim a glass with salt, a taste test for which salt to use on the rim (yes, it really really matters), lots of recipes (like for my perfect classic margarita) and so much more. Check it out, and you can also get our free 30 page margarita ebook, Margaritas, Fully. Everything you need to know about making perfect margaritas all in once convenient book.
O.K., now that you know everything you need to know about making margaritas, you’re ready to try today’s recipe out. It’s a frozen margarita. You’re going to need a good blender to make this since it has to chop through ice. If you have that, you’re sorted. I use this one. Yeah, I know it’s pricey but it’s an amazing machine. Not only does it get through the ice for drinks like this, it also is amazing for making soups and sauces. It even heats them up as it blends them. Very very cool. I use it way more often than I ever expected to.
Once you’ve got your blender, you add your ingredients. The delicious and unexpected flavor in this margarita is smoked chipotle. How do you get smoked chipotle flavor into a margarita? You open up a small can of Chipotles in Adobo Sauce (look for them near the refried beans and other Mexican foods in your grocery store). Add the liquid from this can, just a tiny bit of it, to the ingredients in the blender. It gives so much smokey spicy flavor.
The other ingredients are lime juice, tequila, simple syrup (or agave nectar), frozen mango chunks and ice. Blend it all together. Depending on your blender, you may need to add a drizzle of water to get things going. Pour it into a glass with a salted rim, add a straw and taste. Sip slowly. Woo hoo! There really is a bit of heat in there!
- 1 lime wedge
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 1 and 1/2 oz. tequila
- 1 and 1/2 oz. simple syrup or agave nectar
- 1/4–1/2 tsp. (to taste) of the sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce
- 1 cup frozen mango cubes
- 1 cup ice
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass. Put salt on a plate and rub wet glass rim in salt.
- Measure remaining ingredients into a strong-working blender. Puree. If it isn’t moving around well, add a drizzle or two of water until it can really blend up. Puree until smooth. Pour into prepared glass.
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