These Spicy Mango Margarita on the Rocks is an elevated version of the popular Chili's mango margarita with a delicious spicy twist.
Every time we dine at a Mexican restaurant, and we do so quite often, I always order a margarita, so I have tried many over the years and this mango one is at the top of my favorite's list.
Classic Margaritas are a blend of blanco tequila, lime and agave syrup (or sugar). They are citrusy and refreshing and you can’t go wrong with this cocktail.
I love to add fresh fruits to make different versions of classic margaritas. They can be frozen like this Frozen Strawberry Margarita or on the rocks.
- Tequila: The best tequila for Margaritas is a white tequila (blanco) because it has not been aged, this tequila has a strong flavor so its perfect for mixed drinks.
- Mango: You can use fresh or frozen. Mango is sweet when ripe so it adds a great flavor to your margarita.
- Lime: They need to be fresh and cut up to order. Nothing worst than a bitter Margarita because the limes have oxidized. Also, never ever use store-bought lime juice, it tastes like straight citric acid and that’s no bueno.
- Simple syrup or agave: You can use either a simple syrup or use agave. I like agave syrup because it adds a depth of flavor and to the Margarita.
- Salt rim: You can make your margarita rim with salt, sugar, tan or a combination of all of these. I personally love a classic salt rim.
- Spicy bitters: You can find spicy bitters at specialty liquor stores or you can add a couple slice of jalapeño to your tequila and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. This will give the spicy taste to the drink.
- Mint: I use mint as a garnish and to amp up the mango flavor. This is optional but highly recommended.
Tips and tricks
You can use fresh or frozen mango for this recipe and make it on the rocks or frozen. To make it frozen just add ice and blend the ingredients in a high power blender such as Vitamix.
I like a hint of spicy in my drink so I let the tequila infuse with a couple slices of jalapeño for about 15 minutes. I remove the jalapeños and then make the margarita.
To add another layer of spice you can add tajin which is a Mexican chili powder with lime flavor, it is not too spicy but gives the drink a nice punch.
Cut your limes when ready to use them, pre cutting them will make them oxidize and turn bitter.
Spicy Mango Margarita on the Rocks
For the simple syrup
- ½ cup Sugar
- ½ cup Boiling water
- 1 ounce Tequila silver
- 2 Limes
- 1 cup Mango diced
- ½ cup Ice for serving
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup recipe follows
- Mint for garnish
- 2 Jalapeno slices To infuse tequila
Make the simple syrup
- Mix the sugar and boiling water, whisk well and let it sit at room temperature.½ cup Sugar, ½ cup Boiling water
- Add the 2 jalapeño slices to your tequila and let it sit for about 15 minutes, remove the jalapeños and discard.
- Add mango, lime juice, tequila and simple syrup.1 ounce Tequila, 2 Limes, 1 cup Mango, ½ cup Ice
- Blend well until fully combined and serve immediately