This Mango Mezcal Margarita is sweet and spicy at the same time, with the sweetness of mango juice and the bite of cayenne pepper.
Usually a margarita has tequila in it, along with lime juice and orange liqueur like Cointreau. This cocktail strays a bit from the norm. We love Mezcal and are always looking for new ways to enjoy it. So this Mango Margarita uses mezcal instead of tequila.
You can learn all about Mezcal in this post. It’s made from agave that is roasted underground, which gives it a wonderful smokiness in both aroma and taste. The smoky flavor goes really well with sweet fruit, like mango and pineapple.
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Another aspect of this cocktail that really kicks it up a notch is the addition of cayenne pepper. If you don’t like spicy things, this might not be for you – in which case you can just leave it out.
I only use a small sprinkle of cayenne in the drink and another in the rim salt. It doesn’t take much to impart the flavor and spiciness you’re looking for. When it comes to cayenne, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
About the Spicy Rim Salt
You can make your own spicy rim salt by combining kosher salt with a sprinkle or two of ground cayenne pepper. I like this combination and it’s easy to make. You can also buy a premade rim salt, especially if you plan to make these cocktails often.
You can purchase a rim salt, like this Bloody Mary Salt from Food52. It’s made with sea salt, celery seed, black pepper, garlic, chile, and other spices. Or you can mix up your own.
Here are a few other options you might like.
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This spicy Mango Mezcal Margarita is a fun twist on a classic, with sweet and fruity mango, smoky Mezcal and a touch of heat.
- 1 tsp spicy rim salt
- 2.5 oz mango juice
- 2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1.5 oz mezcal
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Pour the rim salt onto a flat plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your preferred glass. Dip the rim into rim salt mixed with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
Mix the mango juice, lime juice, mezcal, agave syrup, and one shake of cayenne pepper, with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well chilled. Pour the cocktail into the prepared glass, with ice. Garnish with fresh mango.
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Amount Per Serving:Calories: 174Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2331mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g