Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Fifty-Four: Cooking from the Hip

by Cat Cora

                  Mango Margaritas

So I was looking for something to make for dinner when I came across this recipe for Mango Margaritas. I love mangoes, I love margaritas - gotta try em!

The color and aroma of this drink was absolutely wondrous! I actually felt like I knew what I was doing. However I did not expect them to have the bitter taste that they had. The only thing I can think of was maybe too much lime juice? I did trade out the Triple Sec for Grand Marnier since that is what I had on hand. Tasting everything on its own, the lime is the only thing that I can think of that may contribute to the bitter flavor. Any bartenders out there? Feedback is always welcome and appreciated!

I served these in martini and old fashion glasses. You would think that someone who loves margaritas as much as I do and drinks them often enough would have the appropriate margarita glasses, but alas, I do not. I just may have to splurge for a set; I can justify the need by using them as dessert vessels as well!


Success meter (1-3): 2

As for bought California Rolls.

Mango Margaritas
Makes 4 drinks

1 ½ cups cubed mango (about 4 large mangoes)
¾ c tequila
½ cup Triple Sec
½ cup fresh lime juice (from 7-10 large limes); reserve 4 thin slices of lime for garnish
4 cups crushed ice
2 Tbl superfine sugar
4 mango chunks, peel left on, for garnish (optional)
4 grapes, for garnish (optional)
2 wooden skewers, snapped in half (optional)

Puree the mango in a blender. Add the tequila, triple Sec, lime juice, and crushed ice. Blend until smooth.

Pour the sugar into a saucer. Run a small wedge of lime around the rim of each glass and dip the rim into the sugar. Carefully divide the margarita mixture among four glasses and serve.

For the garnish: Thread each half-skewer with 1 mango chunk, 1 thin slice lime, and 1 grape. Rest each skewer on a glass and serve.

Cooking from the Hip/Cat Cora



  1. You absolutely used too much lime juice you should usually squeeze the juice from half a fruit per two drink pour. Though, the lime shouldn't have made it bitter, just a little more pucker!

  2. the way when do I get to come over for one of those drinks?

    1. Just as soon as I perfect it! Thanks for the tip! ;)


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