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.
Cilantro simple syrup
small handful of cilantro leaves, bruised
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 nice, ripe mango, peeled and cut into slices and/or wedges (about 3/4 cup)
Bring ingredients to a boil in a small saucepan, stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and strain into a jar.
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.
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.