Tuesday, May 5, 2009

!Feliz Cinco de Mayo!: Have a Mango Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy Mexican culture and food today. Here's a recipe for a yummy Mango Margarita (make mine non-alcoholic please!):

For the Mango Margarita Mix:

* 1 1/4 pounds fresh mangoes (it's warm now, so they should be cheap)
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup sugar
* Gray salt

For the drink:

* 3 cups ice
* 1 1/2 cups Mango Margarita Mix
* 4 ounces tequila (skip the tequila if you're making it non-alcoholic)
* 2 ounces triple sec (skip the triple sec too and substitute diluted pineapple juice, yum!)
* Lime wedges
* Mint Salt, recipe follow
o 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
o 1 cup of gray or course sea salt


For the drink:

* Peel the mangoes and cut them into large chunks
* Place cut mangoes in a blender with the water and sugar and blend until smooth
* Then, fill the blender with the ice, mango mix, tequila, and triple sec; blend until smooth

For the mint salt:

* Clean and dry the mint leaves
* Chop the mint leaves up
* Mix chopped leaves with the salt and use a big spoon to grind it all together
* Rim your glass edge with lime wedges and dip into the Mint Salt

Recipe from The Food Network online: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/mango-margarita-recipe/index.html

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