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(Icy) Mango Margaritas
@recipe The Pioneer Woman: Food From My Frontier Pages 116-117
@image and story Marla Cantrell
I needed this recipe. This week I’ve been spending the hottest part of each day taking ice to my chickens. Yeah, I didn’t see myself as an ice runner either, but then I got six chickens: Ulysses, Gilead, Atticus, Elvis, Velta and Honey.
Okay, I kind of fell in love with them, and then I found out they won’t drink water that isn’t cool, so I filled every bowl I have with water, froze it, and now spend my 105 degree days making sure my little flock is not expiring.
So when I had a chance to make something with ice, mangoes, and let’s face it, alcohol, I was ready. When I handed a glass of this magic to my husband, he sniffed it and then said, “This isn’t chicken ice, is it?” That’ll take the spark out the moment.
The recipe is EASY, and only takes about 10 minutes to make. Native Forest mangoes from Ozark Natural Foods, zest from a lime, a LOT of alcohol, and enough ice to keep a good-sized chicken cool for an hour (Did I just say that?).
Makes eight drinks
2 Tbsp Coarse Sugar (I couldn’t find this, so I used regular sugar and it was fine.)
2 − 20oz. jars Mango Chunks, drained (You could use about 5 fresh mangoes)
1 1/2 cup Tequila
1 1/2 cup Triple Sec
1/2 cup Sugar
1. Zest limes
2. Pour the 2 Tablespoons of sugar over the lime zest and toss with your fingers. Set aside.
3. Throw the mango chunks into the blender.
4. Top off the blender with ice.
5. Pour in the tequila
6. And triple sec
7. Add ½ cup sugar
8. Squeeze in the juice of the limes
9. Blend until completely smooth, adding more ice if necessary to get the consistency you want
10. Use a piece of one of the limes to moisten the rim of the glasses
11. Dip the rims of the glasses in the lime sugar
12. Pour the drinks and serve immediately.
Leftovers? You have leftovers? Freeze them in a storage bag!