Hey it’s Joe, and mangoes are in season here in SWFL. If you don’t have some growing in your backyard, you have a friend who does. Our locally grown mangoes are delicious, and, mixed with tequila, they become absolutely amazing. So, for #NationalTequilaDay here’s my recipe for Mango Margaritas.
A shot glass chilled in the freezer
Two tablespoons of sugar
40 ounces of mango. Using very ripe mangoes makes it sweeter, using firmer mangoes will add a little tartness.
1 1/2 cup tequila (I use Don Julio Blanco, it works very well in this recipe)
1 1/2 cup Triple Sec
1 1/2 cup sugar (just regular sugar – nothing fancy)
****** Before we get started, this recipe is for my large blender. If you have a smaller, or even normal size blender it’s best to start off with a half batch. 20 oz of mango, 3/4 cups each of tequila, triple sec, and sugar)
Step 1: Pull the shot glass out of the freezer and do a shot of tequila.
Step 2: Zest the limes. This is when you grate a lime until the colored part comes off. Don’t get too much of the white part. Mostly the green part. add those two tablespoons of sugar and mix it up. Set this to the side, you’ll be using it later for the rim of the glass.
Step 3: Put the mango, tequila, triple sec, and sugar into the blender. Top it off with ice. Squeeze the juice of the limes into the blender. Set the squeezed lime pieces to the side, you’ll use them again.
Step 4: Fire up the blender. Try to hold a conversation with someone over the noise of the blender. Fail at this.
Step 5: Moisten the rim of the glass with the lime and dip the rims into the lime zest/sugar combo you made earlier.
Step 6: Drink. Share. Enjoy.