A sharp and sweet mango shrub gets shaken up with a classic margarita just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
I love that the art of the cocktail has made such a resurgence in recent years. See ya sickly sweet mixers and uninspired bartenders. And hello to freshly squeezed juices, inventive techniques and skilled mixologists.
Whenever we go out to dinner, especially in NYC, I love to take a look at the cocktail menu and choose something exciting to kick off our meal. I gravitate toward more tart than sweet, spicy if they’ve got it, and a bright, refreshing cocktail to wake up my palate. The options are wonderfully endless and always inspiring.
I’ve been on a bit of a shrub kick lately because they add just enough sweetness balanced with a shot of acidity from a glug of vinegar. While shrubs are delicious paired simply with a splash of club soda, they’re also my new secret weapon behind the bar. And today a mango shrub is turning a classic margarita on it’s toes just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
This is no cloyingly sweet frozen mango margarita that you would drink like a slurpy strolling along the boardwalk at the shore. No sir. This margarita is all grown up and sophisticated. This cocktail is packed with flavor from fresh mango and limes and be sure to use your best tequila blanco to allow those flavors to really shine.
I’ll be mixing up a big batch of these come Friday to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and of course serving them alongside some tasty Mexican inspired dishes like grilled guacamole, skillet nachos or my outrageously tasty pork carnitas that I’ll be bringing to the blog this Friday.
And while we’re on the subject of talented mixologists and sophisticated margaritas, boy do I have a list for you. Kate from Hola Jalapeño has rounded up a whole week of margaritas from food bloggers and influencers around the web and the world. I’m so happy to be included in Margarita Week and I can’t wait to get started shaking, blending and stirring some up this week. Be sure to check them out and cheers!
- Mango Shrub Margarita
- 4 oz tequila blanco
- 3 oz mango shrub recipe follows
- 2 oz orange liqueur Cointreau
- 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
- Mango Shrub
- 1 cup fresh mango diced
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup white wine vinegar
- Spicy Rimming Salt
- ½ cup kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp celery salt
- 1 tsp chipotle chile powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp chili powder
- *mango and lime wedges for garnish
Spicy Rimming Salt: Combine all the ingredients and set aside.
Mango Shrub: Combine the diced mango and the sugar in a small bowl. Mash and stir well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Add the vinegar and stir well. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl, pressing on the solids. Discard the solids.
Pour the shrub into a sealable container and store in the refrigerator.
To make the cocktails: Combine the tequila, shrub, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake well.
Rub a lime wedge along the rim of each glass and then dip them into the spicy salt mixture to coat.
Fill the tumblers with ice cubes and strain the margaritas into each glass.
Dip the edge of two mango wedges into the salt mixture. Garnish each glass with a wedge of mango and lime.