Spicy Chili Pepper Mango Margarita
I have this habit of taking photos of the menus at restaurants and bars we go to so I can try to recreate the meals or drinks at home. I seriously have a folder of iphone photos of restaurant menus on my computer. Some are hard to read since restaurants aren’t always that brightly it, I am not the best iphoneographer and I try to be somewhat sly in case menu photography is frowned upon. Either way – I have some awesome inspiration to try to recreate and adapt some of the amazing meals I have had in my life. Including this awesome mango margarita that I am sharing just in time for Cinco De Mayo. I know it is SO cliche to post a margarita for Cinco De Mayo, but this is too good not to share. Plus I am a sucker for tropical themed drinks and these mango margaritas are amazing.
When I first had this drink at an awesome Mexican restaurant near my house, Cantina Laredo, I thought there was a touch of spice to it. Turns out there wasn’t. My mouth was still on fire from the salsa and it lingered as I sipped my cocktail. The restaurant makes the marg with red bell peppers only, I decided to add HOT red peppers as well as the bell peppers because the spice really makes it. I love a sweet/spicy/salty combo in a cocktail. I also loved that these were served on the rocks. Typically fruity margaritas, like a mango margarita, is served blended and I am a 100% on the rocks girl.
When we first moved to Vegas my husband and I got a rare date night out and we went to the Chandelier bar at the Cosmopolitan for drinks before dinner. I asked the bartender what was their specialty and she said ” our blood orange cosmopolitan”. It was amazing and she told me what all was in it and one liquor I had never heard of , Solerno Blood Orange, was the ” secret ingredient”. I bought a bottle to try to recreate the cosmo at home and I have yet to make it. 2 years later I have yet to make it. I ended up using it in place of orange curacao/triple sec/ grand marnier in margaritas. When I saw that this mango margarita on the menu had Solerno in it, I knew I would love it. I still need to recreate those cosmos. Amazing cocktail.
After I found out that their margarita didn’t have spicy peppers in it, I was faced with two choices. Either include a really spicy salsa recipe to eat with chips and wash down with the mango margarita OR include a spicy red pepper. I went with the latter. I was cruising through Whole Foods and I saw these red peppers, Fresno Peppers, to be exact so I bought a couple to see how they were. I had my husband take a bite of one to see how spicy it was. He loved it and thought it would be perfect for the cocktails. So I muddled together some fresh mango, fresno pepper slices, red bell pepper chunks and I think these are even better than the restaurant makes.
- 1/2 fresh mango, diced (About 1/2 cup)
- 4 Tbsp diced red bell pepper, divided
- 2 Tbsp diced spicy red pepper ( I used Fresno peppers), divided
- 3 ounces silver tequila ( I used El Padrino Blanco
- 2 ounces Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
- 1 Tbsp simple syrup**
- 2 ounces mango juice (I used Ceres)
- salt for rimming glasses
**Simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a pan. Bring to a boil and then let simmer 10 min. Let cool completely. Keep in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, in the refrigerator. This will last for many drinks, er, weeks.
You can always add more or less ingredients to your liking. More tequila, less spicy peppers.
I hope you enjoy these spicy chili pepper mango margaritas as much as I do!!