A mango daiquiri is a tropical cocktail that screams summer fun.
The classic version is a simple mix of rum, lime juice, and mango. Here, we’re tossing in a secret ingredient (triple sec) to take it to the next level.
Trust me, one sip will transport you straight to the tropics. If you have a blender, you’re already halfway there.
It’s so easy to make this drink your own, too. Switch up the liquor, play with garnishes, and swap in different fruits.
A mango daiquiri isn’t just a drink. It’s an experience you’ll want to relive again and again.
What is a Mango Daiquiri?
A mango daiquiri is a cocktail that combines mango, lime juice, and rum.
Unlike a basic daiquiri that uses solely lime and rum, this one brings in the tropical flavor of mango.
The drink is blended with ice, making it smooth and easy to sip. It’s a cold and refreshing drink, perfect for hot days.
Jennings Cox, an American engineer in Cuba, made the original daiquiri. He ran out of gin at a party and turned to rum, lime, and sugar instead.
While he didn’t have mangoes in his version, I’ll bet he’d give a thumbs-up to this tropical twist.
Here’s what you need to whip up a killer mango daiquiri.
- Rum – Bacardi’s a solid pick, but coconut rum, like Malibu, can also be a game-changer.
- Mangoes – The riper they are, the sweeter the daiquiri. One large, ripe mango gets you about 1 ½ cups.
- Lime juice – Freshly squeezed, please. Keep some extra limes for garnish.
- Triple sec – This orange liqueur adds that extra kick of citrus flavor.
- Sugar – Other recipes call for simple sugar, but you can use plain sugar here; it’ll blend just fine.
- Ice cubes – To keep the drink chilled.
Best Rums for Daiquiri
Your mango daiquiri deserves the best rum, so let’s get to it.
- Aged rum brings flavors like vanilla, coconut, and caramel to the mix.
- Dark rum adds deep, spiced caramel vibes.
- White rum keeps it clean and fruity.
- Coconut rum is your wildcard. It’s sweet but can be a fun twist.
Choose wisely, and enjoy that daiquiri!
How to Make a Mango Daiquiri
This recipe is so easy, but you’ll feel like a bartending pro!
1. Prep: chill the glasses. This recipe makes two servings. Place two cocktail glasses in the fridge for 30 minutes.
2. Blend the ingredients. Throw all the ingredients into a blender. Be sure to add the ice cubes last to avoid burning out your blender motor. Puree the mixture until smooth.
3. Serve and enjoy! Pour the mango daiquiri into the chilled glasses. Garnish it as you please. I like mine with a simple lemon wedge on the glass. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Tips and Variations
Do you want the best mango daiquiri ever? These tips should do it:
- Chill your glasses first. Pop some martini glasses in the fridge to keep your drink cool for longer.
- Pick the right rum. Bacardi Superior and Plantation 3 Stars are solid choices, but any Caribbean white rum does the trick.
- Add the ingredients in the right order. Save the ice for last so you don’t burn out your blender motor.
- Add some flair with a liqueur. A splash of coconut rum makes everything more tropical.
Let’s talk about some fun variations to keep things interesting.
- Add extra lime and agave. Replace the sugar with agave nectar and add extra lime to make it tangy and sweet!
- Dark vs. light rum. Use light rum for a sweet touch or dark rum for a smoky flavor.
- Go alcohol-free. Swap out the rum for tropical juice or sparkling cider for a virgin daiquiri.
- Spice it up. Want some heat? A pinch of red pepper flakes will do the trick.
- Fruit medley. Throw in some blackberries, peaches, or strawberries. Add banana or pineapple chunks for extra tropical vibes.
- Add veggies. Yeah, you heard me! Celery or cucumber can make it refreshing in a whole new way.
- Swap the liquor. Not a rum fan? Try gin, vodka, or even bourbon.
- Daiquiri colada. Include some coconut cream for a colada twist.
- Garnish suggestions. A wedge of mango, a slice of lime, and a cocktail umbrella if you’re up for it.
How to Serve
Here’s how you can level up your daiquiri:
- Keep it simple. Serve your mango daiquiri with a mint sprig garnish and a slice of lime on the glass.
- Throw in some mango chunks right before serving. It kicks up the mango flavor big time.
- Top your daiquiri with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. It’s like a tropical dessert in a glass.
- Mix any leftover daiquiri into a smoothie. Trust me, a splash of daiquiri in a cherry smoothie is a game-changer.
- Add more fruit toppings. Why stop at mango? Add sliced strawberries, raspberries, or even guava for a fruit explosion.
- Pair the daiquiri with grilled food. Sipping a mango daiquiri while snacking on some grilled corn is a summer dream come true.
How to Store Leftovers
Here’s how to keep your daiquiri tasting fresh for up to a week!
To Store: Pour the mango daiquiri into a sealed jar or bottle and refrigerate it for up to 1 week.
To Freeze: Because of the alcohol, a daiquiri won’t freeze solid. So, you can store it in the freezer in a freezer-safe container for up to a month.
When you’re ready to serve it, pull it from the freezer. There’s no thawing needed. Give it a quick stir, and you’re good to go.
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