Ilise has been on a flavored simple syrup kick lately and I wholeheartedly approve, especially when these fruity and/or herbal sweeteners get added to lovely spirits and served up at happy hour on the patio.
Today’s featured ingredient: Mango
The Occasion: Why the hell not?!
The recipe recommends pressing the rim of the glass into a citrus-chile spice blend called Tajin, similar to the salt rim on a regular margarita. You won’t see it in the photos, but we picked some up at the local Hispanic market – ready for next time. And there will definitely be a next time – this is delicious!
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Recipe source: Ilise Goldberg
Makes 2 servings
- 3 oz Blanco Tequila
- 1.5 oz Cointreau
- 1.5 oz Lime Juice
- 3 oz Mango Simple Syrup
- Tajin seasoning (a lemon/chile flavored spice mix)
- Combine the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, & mango simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until mixture is chilled.
- Fill glass with ice then pour the margarita into the glass, serve with cocktail a lime wedge and straw (optional).
- For an extra taste sensation run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass then gently press the glass into the bowl of Tajin seasoning. Coat the rim well with the seasoning.
- Then add ice to the glass. Pour the drink. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Mango Simple Syrup:
- 3 Mangoes – cut up
- 2/3 Cup of Water
- 1/3 Cup of Sugar
- Combine the water and sugar in a pan over high heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the mango chunks and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
- Once the fruit is nice and tender use a potato masher and mash the fruit to release as much juice as possible.
- Remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool completely.
- Strain the syrup into a container, and store it for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. If making far in advance the simple syrup freezes well.
- I was able to get about 16 oz of simple syrup with this recipe – the mangoes were nice and juicy.
Bonus: Here's a photo of Tajin, the optional citrus spice mix for the rim of your margarita glass.