If I am being honest, I really don’t need a special reason to drink margaritas. It is my favorite cocktail and you will see me share a version almost every weekend on the ‘gram. I spend many days dreaming of summers in India, when the most important task of the day was eating an Alphonso mango. There is a reason people are crazy about this particular kind, well IT. IS. THE. BEST. There is no debating this fact and if you’ve ever eaten one, you will agree with me.
A few years ago they were hard to come by in America because of some agricultural laws that forbid the import of this fruit from heaven. But things have changed and I was told by a reader that we are in fact able to order them online. I guess I’ve been living under a rock!
Anyway, I used the next best thing, Alphonso mango pulp. I live near an ethic grocery store and luckily they are well stocked so I was able to get my hands on a jar. We are in times of covid-19 so I am keep my ordering to essential items only and so should you. I suggest you use regular mangoes for now and order the pulp or fruit online when this is over? Until then I keep myself entertained and have a cocktail during at home happy hours with friends. On one these occasions I happened to combine two of my favorite things, made a margarita, and I am so glad I did because it is damn delicious!
Lastly, if this is not your jam try this Passion Fruit cocktail instead.
Mango Chilli Margarita
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce Alphonso mango puree or regular mango puree
- 1/2 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce triple sec
- 1 green chilli spilt in half, optional
- Lime wedges for garnish
- Tajin spice mix for garnish
- Rub lime wedge around rim of cocktial glass. Spread Tajín on a plate and rub rim in seasoning.
- Close the shaker and shake vigorously until well chilled, 2 minutes. Double strain the cocktail into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with green chili and serve immediately
Alphonso mangoes are actually easily available online in the USA – except this year as due to a CoVid related lockdown in India there has been no export! We buy boxes of them each year (delivered to us in Manhattan) – either online or from desi stores in Jersey. Pulp is the next best thing, so yes, this year we may skip them entirely and hope that we ll get our box next year!
Rachel Gurjar says
Thank you Shweyta for that very important update!! I will def be ordering a box next year 🙂