Summertime is one of my favorite times of year. I hate the heat, but I love the carefree feeling that comes along with summer. Weekends spent working on outdoor projects, lots of grilling and cookouts with friends, visitors from back home (it helps that the past two places we’ve lived are near major tourist destinations), longer days, popsicles, etc. Summer kind of makes me feel like a kid again, and sometimes I miss being out of school and having the entire summer to play. However, one perk of growing up is that I get to enjoy fabulous adult drinks such as this one. I love mangoes and often use them in smoothies, which means my freezer is always stocked with them. A few weeks ago, Eric and I were having a Tex-Mex type dinner and decided on a whim to make margaritas. We’ve been enjoying this recipe ever since, and I think it would be perfect for the upcoming long weekend.
This recipe is pretty straight forward – mango, tequila, ice, lime juice – and it can be adapted to suit your personal tastes. We’ve successfully made it with strawberries, and I’m hoping to try it with pineapple soon. The mango (or whatever fruit you use) is the most dominant flavor, but the tequila doesn’t get lost. The tart lime juice helps bring out the drink’s fruity flavor and keeps it from tasting too sweet. Of course, the best thing about margaritas is enjoying them with friends. This weekend would be a great time to do so, and I completely understand if you want to test out the recipe this week before making it for party guests. :)
Frozen Mango Margaritas
Lime wedges for rimming
Coarse salt and/or sugar for rimming
3 ounces silver tequila
1 1/2 ounces triple sec
1 cup crushed ice
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups frozen mango chunks
Moisten the rim of two margarita glasses with a lime wedge and roll in salt, sugar or a mixture of both. Combine the remaining ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Check for consistency and add more ice or mango if needed. If using fresh mango, you will likely need closer to 2 cups of ice. Pour mixture into prepared glasses and serve immediately.
Adapted from The Complete Book of Mixed Drinks