Inspired by a frozen treat that confectioner Fany Gerson of LaNewyorkina introduced to New Yorkers a couple of summers ago. The classic Mexican street snack is a cup of mango ice drizzled with chamoya (a spicy-tart pickled plum-flavored sauce), sprinkled with Tajín (salted chili powder) and garnished with a stick of salt and chili-coated tamarind candy. I’ve always thought it had the makings of an exciting cocktail.
You can find chamoy in some specialty markets or online. Almost all are made with artificial flavors, and some with high fructose corn syrup. But you can make your own by blending apricot spreadable fruit with hot sauce and lime juice.
Tajín is the brand name of a mixture of salt, chili powder, and citrus. It’s easy to replicate with salt, chili powder and fresh lime zest. —Adriana
For the Margarita Mix
mango juice, chilled
fresh lime juice
For the DIY Tajín
Chamoy (for coating glass and garnish)
Tamarind candy sticks, like Betamex or Tamarrico (for garnish)