These Frozen Spicy Mango Margaritas are the perfect drink to enjoy in the summer by the pool, beach or on the patio with friends!
If you love tropical drinks give this fruity margarita a try. The mango gives it the perfect amount of sweetness and the spice of jalapeno adds the perfect kick!
This drink is made with frozen mango chunks, but you can also use fresh mango and freeze it ahead of time. The key is to make sure it's very ripe so it adds enough sweetness and mango flavor.
The best part of these drinks? You can freeze them! Make a big batch in a blender and freeze them in a large container to enjoy later.
I LOVE a good classic lime margarita on the rocks, but sometimes you just want a frozen marg. Ya know what I mean? Especially in the summer. It just feels right!
When I make classic margs, I love them to not be overly sweet so that they're more limey and refreshing. My personal favorite margarita recipe is this spicy margarita recipe by Well Plated by Erin. I swap the orange juice for triple sec but keep the rest of the ingredients the same - it's delish!
In these mango margs, I didn't want as much zesty lime juice as I typically like in a traditional margarita. So, I cut back on the lime juice so the mango has room to shiiiine! There's a bit more sweetener and triple sec since it complements the mango flavors well.
There's nothing like a sip (or slurp) of a frozen margarita by the pool. Make these fruity drinks for your next summer event!
How to Make Frozen Margaritas
Frozen margs are super easy to make! While I usually opt for margaritas on the rocks, frozen margs honestly take less time....plus, making a large batch it easy with a large blender!
I typically use 1 cup of ice per frozen margarita in recipes plus the frozen fruit. The texture is the consistency of a Slurpee so perfect to put a straw in and slurp or use a spoon and scoop up!
To get the spiciness, I finely dice the jalapeno before adding it into the blender. It'll blend up into fine little parts and give the drink the perfect amount of kick!
My personal preference when making frozen drinks is to add the liquid ingredients first. Mainly, to minimize the time of the ice and frozen mango in the blender to prevent melting as much as possible.
Using Fresh vs Frozen Mango
You can use fresh mango if you don't have frozen mango. The main thing to remember with fresh mango is that you want to wait to cut it until it's very, very ripe.
You'll know it's ripe enough when you press the flesh and it's a little soft. If your mango is a pale yellow when you chop it, then it's too unripe. I wouldn't recommend using it in the recipe since the sweetness and mango flavor will be off - just an FYI!
When you do chop your beautifully ripe mango, you'll want to chop them into somewhat equal-sized chunks. I do about 1-inch square cubes.
Place the mango cubes on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once the fruit freezes solid, you can place the chunks in a bag for storage. If you have leftover frozen mango use it in a mango strawberry banana smoothie!
The benefit to freezing the fruit on the baking sheet before putting it in a baggie is to prevent it from freezing into one large mass of mango chunks. You'll be able to measure the 1 cup much easier rather than throwing a giant lump of mango in the blender!
If you're someone who loves using frozen fruit, my kefir overnight oats are a great meal prep option. The recipe uses frozen fruit as a way to save time, and it makes for a delish and filling breakfast!
Rim the Glass
I like to keep the rim simple with just salt in this recipe since there's so much flavor going on in the drink. Plus, the salt goes perfectly with the sweet and spice!
However, if you're wanting to jazz it up - try a chili-lime salt rim! Mix chili spice, salt and lime zest for a fun twist on the drink.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
Yes! Make a blender full of margarita and store it in the freezer until you're ready to serve it. The margarita won't completely freeze, thanks to the alcohol. The texture will be more on the frozen slushy side, which is perfect! You might need to put it back in the blender to get it smooth or you can use a spoon to mix things up before serving.
Yes, you definitely can use other frozen fruit in place of the mango to create different flavor variations. Just know the amount of frozen fruit may vary since the sweetness of fruits varies. I'd add less than you think you need, test try, then add more if needed! Let me know if you come up with any delish combos!
Spicy Mango Margaritas
- 4 ounces silver tequila
- 2 ounces triple sec
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 4 teaspoons simple syrup
- 2 tablespoons diced jalapeno (about 1 jalapeno)
- 2 cups chopped frozen mango
- 2 cups ice cubes
- Wipe a lime wedge along the rim of two glasses and coat the rim in salt.
- Add all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour the drink in the glass and garnish with a slice of jalapeno or lime wedge.
- I add the liquid ingredients first before adding the frozen ingredients to prevent the mango and ice from melting sooner than necessary.
- You can freeze the margaritas by storing them in the freezer. The texture will be more slushy rather than completely frozen. Mix the drink up well in a blender or with a spoon before serving to remix all the flavors together.
- You can use pre-packaged frozen mango or fresh mango. If using fresh mango, freeze it on a baking sheet with space in between each cube so that they don't freeze together into a block. Once frozen, you can transfer the mango chunks to a bag and freeze until you're ready to use them in the recipe.
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