If you’re ever having trouble selecting a signature cocktail for an event, do yourself a favor and go with a margarita. If made well, even the world’s biggest tequila haters will want a second round— and I will volunteer myself as proof. Kyle and I spent an incredible weekend with his mom in Rhode Island, and before we could even set our bags down in their Narragansett beach condo, we were each handed a Cilantro Lime Mango Jalapeno Margarita. I wouldn’t call myself the world’s biggest tequila hater; I just really really really don’t like the stuff, so I politely accepted in hopes that I could slip it to Kyle without her noticing. I took one small sip, waited in anticipation for my non-triggered gag reflex to kick, then proceeded to down the entire mason jar in under ten minutes. The cilantro-lime-mango-jalapeno combo is the perfect mixture of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy, and the intensity of the jalapeno can be adjusted per drink, which is convenient.
Deb was kind enough to share her incredible Cilantro Lime Mango Jalapeno Margarita recipe with us, so I figured it’s only fair to spread the wealth and share it with y’all, as well. I personally guarantee that it’ll be one of the most incredible things you’ll taste all season. As you’ve probably gathered from the culinary skill required in my previous recipe posts, I’m not a seasoned chef or bartender. Ergo, instead of formal cocktail measurements, I’ll be communicating in mixology layman’s terms. You’re welcome. Here’s what you’ll need per cocktail:
Ingredients (per cocktail):
|1/4 pepper||Jalapeno Pepper (Sliced)|
|1/2 lime||Lime (Squeezed)|
|3-4 sprigs||Fresh Cilantro|
|1/4 cup||Margarita Mix or Simple Syrup|
|1/2 cup||100% Mango Juice|
Mango Jalapeno Margarita Directions
- Fill up a mason jar or large cup about a quarter way with ice.
- Squeeze in half a lime’s worth of fresh lime juice. If you don’t already have a handy lemon or lime squeezer, try this one; you’ll never go back to store-bought citrus juice again.
- Add 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons of Margarita Mix or Simple Syrup. We used Trader Joe’s Margarita Mixer; it doesn’t have any high fructose corn syrup or nasty artificial stuff in its ingredients, and it costs under $3. It is rather sweet, but paired with real mango juice, it offsets the bitterness of the tequila nicely.
- Splash in a jigger (fancy word for shot) of tequila. For a stronger cocktail, throw in two.
- Fill the glass with 100% mango juice and stir. Depending on the generosity of your pours, it should be around 1/4 or 1/2 a cup.
- Add in sprigs of cilantro and thin slices of fresh jalapeno pepper. Try to de-seed the pepper slices before throwing in the mango jalapeno margarita, elsewise you’ll feel a few surprise throat burns.
- Garnish glass rims. You can use salt, fresh lime slices, or leftover sprigs of cilantro.