Mango Shrub Margarita

May 2, 2017 By Cathy — 8 Comments
A sharp and sweet mango shrub gets shaken up with a classic margarita just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Mango Shrub Margarita

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.

Mango Shrub Margarita


Mango Shrub Margarita

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.

Mango Shrub Margarita

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


Mango Shrub Margarita

Mango Shrub Margarita
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
A sharp and sweet mango shrub gets shaken up with a classic margarita just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
Course: Cocktail
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: Cathy |
  • 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
  1. Spicy Rimming Salt: Combine all the ingredients and set aside.
  2. Mango Shrub: Combine the diced mango and the sugar in a small bowl. Mash and stir well, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour the shrub into a sealable container and store in the refrigerator.
  5. To make the cocktails: Combine the tequila, shrub, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker over ice and shake well.
  6. Rub a lime wedge along the rim of each glass and then dip them into the spicy salt mixture to coat.
  7. Fill the tumblers with ice cubes and strain the margaritas into each glass.
  8. Dip the edge of two mango wedges into the salt mixture. Garnish each glass with a wedge of mango and lime.


Mango Shrub Margarita

A sharp and sweet mango shrub gets shaken up with a classic margarita just in time for Cinco de Mayo.

Related Post

Filed Under: Cocktails/Drinks, Recipe


8 responses to “Mango Shrub Margarita”

  1. […] Mango Shrub Margarita from What Should I Make For […]

  2. […] Mango Shrub Margarita from What Should I Make For […]

  3. […] Mango Shrub Margarita from What Should I Make For […]

  4. Love this one Cathy! So pretty and sounds just wonderful. Can’t wait to check out the whole list. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks so much Mary Ann! Thankfully it’s the weekend so we can spend a little time working through all these fabulous margaritas!

  5. Such a beautiful Margarita Cathy. I remember back in the a day that it was near impossible to get a nice fresh margarita. Everything was made from mixes. I sure am glad that has changed because I can’t stand overly sweet mixes. As for shrubs. . .I haven’t worked with them at all. Margarita week has inspired me to get my cocktail shaker out and better my cocktail making.

    • Cathy says:

      UGH. Those sweet mixes can be so cloying and overwhelming. Cheers to fresh and get your shrub on girl!

  6. […] I made a saucy pulled chicken for these bad boys and layered it with black beans and cheese. I was kicking myself after cooking the chicken because I should have doubled the recipe. Not for these nachos, but so we could have it on hand for later in the week. It’s awesome for tacos, enchiladas, sandwiches or straight out of the tupperware after too many margaritas. Check out my Mango Shrub Margarita that pairs perfectly with these nachos. […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *