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National Margarita Day is February 22nd – Learn to make Chef Maven’s Jalapeno Mango Margaritas

February 21, 2010

freshly made margaritas

freshly made margaritas can really make a dinner party extra special

National Margarita Day is February 22nd.

I thought I would have some fun with this one and share a new recipe with you for fresh jalapeno and mango frozen margaritas in light of February 22nd being National Margarita day…

I was just in fact last night, at a web client’s of mine’s restaurant and learned he had created a new ‘drink’ called the mango margarita and I knew I could do my own twist on this new drink of his… so here is not one, but two recipes.

One for the classic margarita recipe, and two, my recipe for fresh jalapeno and mango margaritas. Oh yeah, let’s get started!

Classic Margarita Recipe


  • Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec) (you may use Triple Sec, and yes it is cheaper, and it will be slightly sweeter in tastes as well)
  1. If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened paper towel, then dip in salt.
  2. I like to personally chill the glasses before adding the drink mix, so add fresh water and ice cubes while mixing up the cocktail, then once ready to serve, empty the glass, dip the edge in the dish to coat edges of glasses with the salt, then fill with your cocktail, then add garnishes at your whim.
  3. Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; and stir a few times until chilled. Serve immediately.
  4. P.S. – you can also mix the liquid ingredients in a pitcher, then serve accordingly versus making one drink at a time…
Now how easy was that? Want them frozen? Add ingredients to blender and give it a whirl! Serve immediately. This recipe makes for one large drink, multiply accordingly to the amount you may need. You will need to double the alcohols since you are adding 1 cup of ice cubes – this will make two large frozen drinks.
Chef Maven’s Fresh Frozen Jalapeno and Mango Margarita recipe:
Yes you read that right, we are going to use fresh Jalapenos and Mangoes in our drinks – along with some cayenne pepper – now who wants some spice in their life?
Equipment needed:
Good strong blender, strong enough to crush up ice…(Chef Maven Tip: try the blender’s strength on crushing up ice before making these drinks if you never blended ice in your blender before  – just to be on the safe side at the start of your next party)
For the salt on the rim of your glasses, you are going to ‘season’ the salt.
Seasoned Salt Ingredients:
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less)
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar (white or raw)
  • Place ingredients in a bowl, stir then place in a shallow dish, set aside until ready to use.
  • The nice mixture of salt and sugar help balance the fresh jalapeno adding a nice twist to a fresh drink.

fresh jalapeno

Yes, fresh jalapenos are great for margaritas - who knew!?

Fresh Jalapeno and Mango Margarita Drink Recipe Ingredients – this makes for four to six large drinks or roughly a pitcher…
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, ribs removed – diced fine. (Use half of the jalapeno if you are a bit hesitant on the heat factor – and I won’t call you chicken) (chicken – ok I lied) lol
  • 2 ripe mangoes, peeled, cubed. Use the fresh mangoes here people, I would not suggest using mango pulp juice – it’s too sweet.
  • 6 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave suggested)
  • Fresh Juice of 2 to 3 limes
  • 3 ounces Cointreau (not Triple Sec) (you may use Triple Sec, and yes it is cheaper, and it will be slightly sweeter in tastes as well)
  • 1-2 cups of ice
  • Sprigs of fresh mint and fresh slices of lime for garnishing drinks
  1. Add cubed mango, lime juice and diced jalapeno to blender, and give it a whirl until well blended into a pulp.
  2. Chill glasses accordingly, and coat rims of glasses with salt mixture.
  3. Add 1 cup of ice to blender and whirl once again.
  4. Add alcohol to blender and additional ice if wished for, then serve immediately.
  5. Garnish with fresh lime slices and a sprig of mint.
  6. (You can substitute fresh pineapple for the mango if you would like – both of which make for delicious combinations when added to the fresh jalapenos.)
Now how’s that for a fresh drink with a slight bite? Yummers for sure! To make ahead, you can make the pulp mixture minus the alcohol, and keep the pulp mixture in the refrigerator until your guests arrive. Then whirl it up with the added alcohol and ice when ready to serve.
Would love to hear how you enjoyed making these for your next dinner party! Do share and tell!


Also on this day in history:
1403 Charles VII of France was born. His mistress, Agnes Sorel, was a celebrated cook who created several dishes, and had several culinary creations named in her honor.. (Agnes Sorel soup garnish, Agnes Sorel Timbales, etc.

1630 Supposedly, Quadequina, an American Indian, introduced English colonists to popcorn. He had brought some to their first Thanksgiving dinner. (Some sources say 1631).

1879 Woolworths, the first chain store, opened in 1879 in Utica, New York.

1920 The first artificial rabbit is used at a dog racing trace in Emeryville, California.

1925 Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt died. An English physician, he invented the short (6 inch) clinical thermometer. Before this, a foot long thermometer was used that took 20 minutes to determine a patient’s temperature. Ouch!

1971 ‘One Bad Apple’ by The Osmonds is #1 on the charts.

1987 Andy Warhol died. American painter of the pop art movement. In the  1960s he made paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products.


So enjoy your February 22nd Margarita Day! Bottoms Up!

Chow Ciao for Now ~Chef Maven

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