If you love a good Mangonada, you’re going to love this recipe. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s known by several other names you might recognize it for like Mangoneada, Mangonanda or Chamango. Basically it’s a Mexican fruit drink that is made with Chamoy, fresh Mangos, Lime juice and Chili Powder or Tajin. Make it a Cocktail by adding Tequila and Triple Sec and garnish with a Tamarind candy straw and a slice of lime.
The main ingredient for this Mangonada recipe is obviously mango but do you know everything else that goes in and out of your drink? The secret to my recipe is sorbet. If you use Mango Sorbet in this drink you’re practically guaranteeing success. Next you need Chili powder or Tajin to “salt” the rim of your glass. Tajin is nice because it adds a salty and spicy lime taste instead of just heat. Chamoy sauce is added to the inside of the glass and creates a fiery red and orange tone to the Chamango with a hint of sour. So, add to you’re specific tastes, caution or confidence. Then, of course, garnish with a slice of lime and the Tamarind candy straw or lollipop, if you have one.
The Lime Margarita is, by far, one of my all time favorite cocktails. It’s the basic foundation for all Margaritas, from Strawberry to Mango and even a fantastic Watermelon or Blueberry Margarita because you’ve got to add Lime. So starting out with that foundation, I’m going to show you a real simple and basic way to make a frozen Margarita and a Margarita on the Rocks using my Lime Margarita Mixer recipe.
Virgin Lime Margarita
If you want to make a virgin Lime Margarita, it’s easy to do. Just leave the Tequila and Liqueur(Triple Sec) out. Triple Sec provides an orange flavor that helps balance out the bitter taste in the drink, so I would recommend adding orange juice to the mix, instead. If you didn’t get a chance to read the Lime Margarita Mixer Recipe I posted, you should because there are a lot of different things you can do to tweak your Margarita’s until they are absolutely perfect for you.
When it comes to Tequila, you’re going to drink what you can afford or what you’re willing to pay for. But, like any Alcohol, the quality goes up the more money you’re willing to spend and a Lime Margarita is no exception. This drink gets better with higher quality booze. Personally I land right in the middle. When I buy cheap, I regret it and I regret it bad. My personal favorite is Cazadorez, which runs around $30 a 5th. Which, of course compared to the almighty Patron, is a great price. But I’d be lucky to see a bottle of either one of those even on my birthday. Cuervo is alright but I really don’t prefer it. For the same price and in this video I used Lunazul. I’m not affiliated with them and I don’t make a dime for talking about, for or against any of these brands, it’s just my personal opinion. So you do what you want and my the Margarita Gods smile upon you!
If you’ve ever purchased a Margarita Mixer from the store, you know that they are both pricey and usually crap. So, why do we buy them? Because we LOVE Margarita’s! Right? Damn straight! But if you’re like me, you wouldn’t mind a cheaper alternative and maybe even a better tasting cocktail and that’s what I aim for when I’m mixing a beverage with spirits. But there are a few things you need to consider before you attempt this recipe because there aren’t just several different ways to make this. You have to consider variable ingredients as well as apposing temperatures, as well.
Margarita Mixer Variance’s
All Margarita Mixer recipes are different and I don’t just mean swapping out fruits like Strawberries, Mango’s or Watermelon to make a Margarita. Store bought bottles literally contain 0% juice. And, if you try one brand to the next, both Lime Flavored for example, they’ll taste completely different from one another. But they also have all of that shelf life crap they have to endure, with all of the ingredients, created to preserve the product, all the while trying to maintain flavor. But the only 3 ingredients you need to worry about today are Water, Sugar and Lime Juice.
I make my Margaritas with Triple Sec in them. Which, if you don’t know, is a sweet orange liqueur. But, if you’re not adding that, you might want to consider squeezing in an Orange with all of the freshly squeezed Limes. This, along with the sugar, will help balance the citrus and citric acid.
Sweetening and Heating the Margarita Mixer
This Margarita Mixer can be tweaked in several other ways and it’s important that you consider these options and understand you might like your Mixer better if it’s heated or unheated, Sweetened with Corn Syrup or Simple Syrup and made with granulated Sugar or Honey.
If you choose to make Simple Syrup, which I recommend, there’s no avoiding heat to fuse and bond the sugar or honey to the water. Simple Syrup is, of course, 1 part water and 1 part Sugar but you can substitute honey, if you like, but consider cooling it down first before mixing the other ingredients at room temperature. The flavor will be different than how it would taste after the ingredients are heated on the stove. To prove my point, think about fresh salsa vs. cooked salsa.
Using the Limeade to make a Margarita Mixer is a quick fix but, once again, you may want to consider mixing the ingredients at room temperature.