Since Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow and Mother’s Day is on Sunday, Drink of the Week and I decided to come up with a cocktail that could go with either holiday: the Mango Margarita.
As you probably guessed by the name, this is a margarita with fresh mango added to it. We enhanced the mild flavor of the mango with some fresh-squeezed citrus and a good-quality tequila, making a drink that is refreshing and tropical tasting, but not too sweet or cloying.
I have to say, this is one of our more versatile drinks. It would be great with either spicy Mexican food or a pleasant Sunday brunch. You could scale it up and make a pitcher for guests or just have one while relaxing in the backyard. What makes this drink so tasty is that it uses a lot of fresh fruit–roughly one mango per drink. That may sound like a lot, but it’s worth it, especially if you get the mangoes on sale. The recipe:
(makes one drink)
3 oz mango puree, approximately one mango
1 1/2 oz tequila
1/4 oz cointreau or triple sec
1 oz orange juice, freshly squeezed
1/4-1/3 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
Lime twist for garnish
Peel the mango. Slice the fruit and put it into a blender of food processor. Discard the skin and the pit.
Run the blender until the fruit is thoroughly mashed and juicy. Meanwhile, juice the orange and lime.
In a cocktail shaker, combine all the ingredients and the ice. Shake hard to integrate. Remove the lid from the shaker (carefully–it can be messy) and pour all, including the ice, into a glass. Garnish with a lime twist, if desired. Enjoy!