No beach vacation planned? You don’t have to wait for your next warm-weather escape to enjoy a tropical cocktail. This quick and easy Mango Margarita recipe is like chillin' poolside at your favorite resort - all from the comfort of your home.
What makes this recipe special
- While we all love a good frozen cocktail, sometimes quick and easy is the way to go. This drink does not require a blender to make magic in a glass. It's served on the rocks, which means all you need to do is measure, shake and pour.
- Not a fan of peeling mangoes? Me neither. Get all the same luscious tropical mango flavor by using inexpensive mango nectar in this cocktail instead of fresh fruit.
This Mango Margarita has only 5 ingredients:
Note: Mango nectar and mango juice may be used interchangeably in this recipe but mango nectar easier to find in the grocery store (and less expensive, too). I also like that you can buy it in individual cans for less waste.
It takes just a few minutes to whip up a margarita on the rocks. Super easy!
Rim a cocktail glass with lime juice and dip rim in salt. Set aside.
Add all ingredients to ice-filled cocktail shaker or mason jar.
Shake vigorously and strain into salt-rimmed cocktail glass filled with ice.
Blanco or silver tequila is perfect for this Mango Margarita. Be sure to select bottles that are 100% agave. Otherwise, you might be drinking "tequila" that is mixed with other "stuff" and likely responsible for nasty hangovers.
This is a personal preference and really up to your budget.
Triple sec is basically a generic orange liqueur. We really like Drillaud triple sec. Cointreau and Grand Marnier are common top-shelf brands of orange liqueur.
Traditional margarita glasses are wide-rimmed and stemmed. But we prefer this margarita on the rocks served in a lowball glass.
Omit the tequila and orange liqueur, slightly increase mango nectar, and add a bit of lime or mango flavored seltzer water (or even plain club soda) to the remaining ingredients.
Multiply the recipe by the number of guests and pour all ingredients into a large pitcher. Stir and refrigerate for a few hours. Set out a salt rimming station and a bucket of ice for self-serving.
Expert tips for making mango margaritas
Don't have a cocktail shaker? Use a large mason jar instead!
Fresh lime juice is always best in cocktails. Bottled lime juice contains preservatives that dull the flavor and can create an imbalanced drink.
Serving a crowd? Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of drinks needed and serve in a pitcher instead of shaking drinks individually. You can even make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for a few hours. Set out a salt rimming station and a bucket of ice for self-serving.
Make your own simple syrup! It's cheaper and so easy to make at home. For a small batch, just bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil. Once the sugar melts, turn off the heat and allow to cool completely. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to a month.
Want to learn more? Check out our complete guide for how to make simple syrup, including infused syrups!
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Easy Mango Margaritas
- 2 ounces mango nectar
- 2 ounces silver tequila
- 1 ounce Cointreau or other orange liqueur
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- lime wedges and kosher salt, for rimming the glasses
Rim the glass:
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass. Invert glass and dip rim in a shallow plate of kosher salt until entire rim is covered in salt. Set aside.
Make the margarita:
- Place mango nectar, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
- Pour margarita into prepared glass. Garnish with additional lime wedge, if desired.
Nectar vs juiceMango nectar and mango juice may be used interchangeably in this recipe but mango nectar easier to find in the grocery store (and less expensive, too). I also like that you can buy it in individual cans for less waste.
Batch cocktail recipeWant to make more than one margarita? Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings needed.
Make Ahead InstructionsMake a pitcher of these mango margaritas ahead of time (without ice) and store in the refrigerator until guests arrive. Don't forget to give the pitcher a good stir before serving.
Make a virgin margaritaOmit the tequila and orange liqueur, slightly increase mango nectar, and add a bit of lime or mango flavored seltzer water (or even plain club soda) to the remaining ingredients.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.