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Mango-ritas with Spicy-Sweet Lime Salt

Okay, so this recipe has little to do with the Fourth of July…

Mango-ritas with Spicy-Sweet Lime Salt | #recipeI mean…it’s bright orangey-yellow and includes neither red, nor white, nor blue, buuuuut, it is super delicious, and absolutely perfect for Summer! (And I can promise you that no one at your Fourth of July get-together would turn one of these babies down.)

Remember the incredibly delicious Strawberry Key Lime Margaritas that I made a couple months ago (that are ironically a far better fit for Friday based on color)? These are based off that recipe, and they are just as tasty, but a bit more tropical. I guess I’m getting in the mood for my Caribbean cruise, this month!

Mango-ritas with Spicy-Sweet Lime Salt | #recipe Mango-ritas with Spicy-Sweet Lime Salt | #recipeThe mango in these makes them so super creamy, not near as icy-tasting as typical margaritas. It’s almost like a smoothie! Except…an alcoholic smoothie, which is arguably the best kind there is 😉

These are sweet, a tad sour, and pack just a tiny kick from the special mixture that rims the lip of the glasses. What’s in that mixture? Flaky sea salt, granulated sugar, fresh lime zest, and classic Tajin. Tajin is a spice mixture of chili flakes, salt, and lime that I found at my grocery store after they were handing out fresh pineapple with the stuff sprinkled on it—holy crap SO good! I immediately purchased a bottle. It’s kinda incredible, and apparently is very popular in Mexico, but is just making its way here.

Oh, and just FYI, Tajin has zero idea I’m talking about their product, nor did they compensate me in any way. It’s just a discovery I made at my supermarket that I’m a bit too excited about, haha!

It’s really important to use a nice, ripe mango for this, because we want it to add in an awesome sweetness, not any sourness that an underripe mango will bring. Of course, if your mango *does* end up being a bit underripe, you can add in a bit more agave to temper things a bit.

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Mango-ritas with Spicy-Sweet Lime Salt

Yield: 2 margaritas


  • 1 soft and ripe mango
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp triple sec
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup silver tequila (depending on taste)
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • a good handful of ice

for the salt:

  • 1 tbsp flaky sea salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • zest from 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 tbsp classic Tajin


  1. Peel and slice your mango into chunks. Add the mango, lime juice, Triple Sec, tequila, agave, and ice to a blender, and blender until smooth.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the ingredients for the salt mixture, using your fingers to pinch and press to infuse all the flavors together.
  3. Rub a lime wedge on the rims of your glasses, roll them in the spice mixture, and fill with the margarita. Garnish with a lime wheel, if desired.

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2 Responses to “Mango-ritas with Spicy-Sweet Lime Salt”

  1. Sarah — July 2, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I have a gloriously ripe mango sitting on my counter as I speak (type?) Soo yeah, these amazing-looking drinks are SO happening here. Love your photos too, Rachael! Mind-blowing gorg! 😉

    • Rachael replied: — July 2nd, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

      Yes! Perfect! Frozen mango drinks are my very favorite way to use them up 😀

      And thank you! You're so sweet!

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