Icy Spicy Margarita

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Author Notes: This is a drink that can be adjusted to your taste, but combines the heat of a hot pepper with the cooling fruit of the mango, and the interest of a fresh herb. A tiny bit of milled pepper further accents the fruit. Use a jalapeno or fresno if you want less heat than the serrano. If you don't have lemon verbena, you can substitute basil or cilantro. The hot and cold combo is confusingly wonderful. At first I thought I would want a frozen version of this drink, but I have decided that this version is best.Sagegreen

Serves 1

  • 2 small chunks of bitesize fresh ripe peeled mango
  • a few small pieces of serrano pepper sliced thin (to taste, @ 1/2 inch) Sub a jalapeno or fresno for less heat
  • 2 lemon verbena leaves, divided
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounces tequila (blanco)
  • 6 cracked ice cubes, divided
  • lime wedge and mango peel for rim rubbing
  • coarse Himalayan pink salt mixed with a hint of Aleppo pepper for rim
  • lime wheel for garnish
  1. Muddle the mango, chili, and herb leaf really well with the lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour in the Cointreau and tequila. Add half the cracked ice. Cover and shake really well for a good minute.
  2. Run a lime wedge and a piece of mango peel along the rim of a well-chilled glass and then salt with the coarse salt/Aleppo pepper combo. The color and flavor effects are brilliant. Add the other half of the ice to the glass. Strain and pour the drink into the glass. Fish out some of the muddled mango and chili to add to the drink. Garnish with a fresh herbal leaf and lime wheel. Cheers.

Tags: hot, icy, salty, sweet

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over 3 years ago lapadia

Love the use of pepper in this recipe, the photo is so mouthwatering and refreshing!


over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, lapadia. I do love the crisp hot pepper with the sweetness of the mushed mango.


almost 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Love the lemon verbena in this - so refreshing


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, KB!


almost 4 years ago gingerroot

Oh yum! I want to sip this poolside too!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, gingerroot. Wouldn't it be amazing to have a huge meet up just for poolside cocktails?


almost 4 years ago wssmom

I know I am going to love with with ginger, for sure, and can't wait to try with the jalapeno! You are AMAZING!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, wssmom. You sure have some pretty amazing drinks in your repertoire!


almost 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

you amaze me.


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

You are so kind, drbabs! Thank you.


almost 4 years ago SKK

Although it is cool and cloudy again here in Seattle, we will be serving this wonderful connoction this week-end!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Great, SKK! Let me know how you like it!


almost 4 years ago lorigoldsby

I love the pink peppercorn! Just when I thought there wasn't a new twist...you delight as usual!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, lori!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

In sampling, it seemed like it could use just a bit!


almost 4 years ago Lizthechef

Wow - love the mango and jalapeno!!


almost 4 years ago Sagegreen

Thanks, Liz. Pictures later this weekend. I will show both the frozen and an on the rocks version.