When we drink tequila, 98% of the time we sip it slow and straight. But every once in a while (the remaining 2%) it’ll take the form of a margarita. There are two margaritas that we like best, the “Pure Margarita,” and “Charlie’s Famous Mango Margarita.”

Charlie is the happy, smiling bartender at the Quinta Don Jose Boutique Hotel, in Tlaquepaque, Mexico – our favorite hotel in the Guadalajara area.

His mango margarita is sweet, smooth, fruity, refreshing, and the tequila is still the star ingredient (it’s not hiding beneath other flavors.)

During a recent visit, I convinced Charlie to give up his recipe – and I even created a video of the process (above).

Mango Margarita Tequila Drink Recipe

  1. Start with 1/4 of a fresh mango, cubed
  2. Add approximately 1 1/2 cups of ice to a blender
  3. Add the juice of 1/2 of a large lime (he says “lemon” in the video, but he means “lime.”)
  4. Add 1 ounce of Cointreau
  5. Add 1 ounce of simple syrup (sugar water)
  6. Add 2 ounces of 100% agave tequila (Charlie uses Siete Leguas blanco, or if that’s not available, Siete Leguas reposado)
  7. Add the mango cubes to the blender
  8. Blend until smooth
  9. Wet the rim of a wide glass with a lime wedge
  10. Add Tajin seasoning to the rim of the glass
  11. Add a thin slice of mango to the rim for garnish
  12. DRINK UP!

Thanks, Charlie! And if you’re ever in the Guadalajara area, consider sitting poolside at the Quinta Don Jose while sipping on one (or more) of these.