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Celebrate with a mango jalapeno margarita

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If you’ve grown bored of your basic Margarita, try firing up your taste buds with the sweet heat of a Mango Jalapeno Margarita. The sweetness from the mango provides a refreshing respite from the spicy kick of muddled jalapenos. Class it up with Casa Noble blanco tequila; the floral heat ties in beautifully with the complementary contrast of flavors from the sweet mango and fiery jalapeno.

Mango Jalapeno Margarita

  • 2 1/2 oz. (Casa Noble) blanco tequila
  • 3 oz. mango juice (I used Naked, great flavor and brilliant color)
  • 3 oz. sweet and sour mix (*recipe follows)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a jalapeno, muddled

Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lime juice(from about 2 limes)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice(from about 2 lemons)

Combine the sugar and water in a pot and boil until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Add the lemon and lime juice. Strain the pulp and seeds from fresh-squeezed lemons and limes, or use store-bought lemon and lime juice (use 100% juice). For best results, store the sweet and sour mix in the refrigerator and use within a week.

Rim a Margarita glass with a combination of coarse salt and smoked paprika. Cut a jalapeno into small pieces and add to a cocktail shaker. Leave the seeds and membrane for a spicier kick. Add tequila to the shaker and muddle. Add mango juice, sweet and sour mix and a handful of ice. Shake well and strain into rimmed Margarita glass. Garnish with a jalapeno slice, if desired. Enjoy!

Feel free to adjust the ratio of tequila to mango juice to sweet and sour mix as well as the amount of muddled jalapeno to suit your tastes. As my Mom always says, recipes are only guidelines.

Incidentally, National Margarita Day is on Saturday, February 22nd, so spice it up this year with a refreshing Mango Jalapeno Margarita.

*Author was provided a sample bottle of Casa Noble tequila.

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