Smoky Mango Margarita with Cilantro

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Author Notes: This began life as a grilled mango pizza, as in "Hey! For this week's contest, let's grill some mango and make a pizza out of it!" Like a few - well, more than a few - of the ideas we come up with after a couple of cocktails, this was not outstandingly successful. One day I will tell you about "Gas Up and Get Down," the Spouse's idea for a combination gas station and dance club. But not now. Anyway, the grilled mango part of the pizza recipe was terrific (but why on earth did we think it would go well with cheese?). We had some leftover grilled mango, and what better use for a mango than in a margarita? The excess cilantro we incorporated into a simple syrup, and the remaining red onions, well, we didn't use them.

Makes 2 cocktails

Cilantro simple syrup

  • small handful of cilantro leaves, bruised
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Bring ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and strain into a jar.

Mango Margarita

  • 1 nice, ripe mango, peeled and cut into slices and/or wedges (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces Grand Marnier or other orange liquer
  • 3 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 2 ounces cilantro simple syrup
  1. Fire up your grill. Heat up one of those non-stick perforated pans you put on the grates for things like shrimp and veggies. When nice and hot, add the mango slices/wedges in a single layer and grill for a couple of minutes per side, or until it takes on a nice color. Remove and let cool in the fridge.
  2. In a blender, combine the grilled mango, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, orange juice and cilantro simple syrup and whiz until blended. Pour into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, shake, and strain into two Margarita glasses that you have rimmed with salt, or sugar, or Aleppo pepper, depending on whether your guests are the sweet or spicy type.
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about 3 years ago meganvt01

This looks phenomenal - a summer staple!

about 3 years ago wssmom

I know I will be wanting one of these on a snowy January day, just to remind me of the summer!!


about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

This is simply awesome! You should throw a big food52 cocktail party!

about 3 years ago wssmom

When you come to town HLA will surely do!!!


about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Yes, thank you, first seat alongside the pool. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to the story of The Gas Up and Get Down. Lovely, yes, I'd adore another.

about 3 years ago wssmom



about 3 years ago gingerroot

Yes, please! Fill 'er, I think I understand the appeal of Gas Up-Get Down : ) This sounds dangerously good.

about 3 years ago wssmom

I will not let the Spouse know, it would only encourage him! Thanks!


about 3 years ago LE BEC FIN

love your sense of humor; and you have such a good sense of timing with it!

about 3 years ago wssmom

Haha, if you can't laugh, it's so not worth it! Thanks!


about 3 years ago EmilyC

Love your headnote just as much as the drink you've created! : )

about 3 years ago wssmom

Thanks, EmilyC!

about 3 years ago wssmom

LOL what's not to like, right?


about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You are the Queen of great cocktails, another beauty. So love the idea of rimming with aleppo pepper.

about 3 years ago wssmom

I was so thinking of you when I added that!


about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You know I am going to make a pitcher of these for Memorial Day!


about 3 years ago Bevi

Cilantro simple syrup? Grilled mango? Fresh juice and booze? I'm yours.