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how to make mango margaritas

Mango Margarita Pitcher Recipe: How to Make Blended Frozen Margaritas

Learn how to make a frozen mango margarita recipe with real mango to enjoy with your favorite dishes or when entertaining guests. This mango margarita pitcher recipe is perfect for summer parties and makes a refreshing summer cocktail.

how to make mango margaritas

Frozen Pitcher Mango Margaritas

In the summer, I like to switch to fruity drinks, like this frozen mango margarita recipe. Even though this has calories from alcohol, there’s no added sugar. Instead, it gets its sweetness from real mangos. Therefore, it’s a great choice if you’re watching your carbs. 

You can use either fresh or frozen fruit to make these delicious blended frozen margaritas. This sweet and tangy drink is extra refreshing on hot summer days, and it’s perfect for outdoor barbeques and entertaining. You can also pair this cocktail with your favorite Mexican dishes for an enjoyable night in!

This drink recipe makes a full pitcher of blended frozen margaritas, so it’s perfect for a party or a girl’s night in. You can rim the edge of the glasses with sea salt for a more traditional blended frozen margarita recipe, or use chili powder for a bit of a spicy kick, depending on your palate.

I like to serve this frozen mango margarita recipe with Mexican food and snacks. However, it is also delicious with most meals — those outdoor cookouts included. This cocktail is refreshing and cooling, so it pairs well with spicy foods just as well as it does chicken or barbeque.

For guests who don’t like extra heat, offer sea salt for rimming the glass rather than chili powder. I recommend letting each guest choose what to rim their margarita glasses as not everyone handles heat on the same level.

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What is a Pitcher Mango Margarita Made Of?

Learning how to make mango margaritas is fairly easy. This cocktail recipe is made using several ingredients.

A frozen pitcher mango margarita is made of fresh or frozen mangos and two kinds of alcohol. You’ll also need ice and either sea salt or chili powder to rim the glasses. You can add a wedge of fresh lime for garnish or for rimming the glass if desired.

What is the Difference Between Classic Margarita and Frozen Margarita?

A classic margarita is served over ice cubes, or on the rocks. This makes the drink cold, but it’s not ice cold. A blended frozen margarita recipe, on the other hand, is made by blending the ingredients with ice. This makes a very cold drink, similar to a frozen slushie, that’s refreshing on a summer day.

The drawback to making a blended frozen margarita recipe is that it will melt quicker since the ice is broken up and has more surface area. The drink can get watered down, so you want to drink it quickly.

A classic margarita will have more fruit flavor because the flavor isn’t diluted with the blended ice. There may also be less alcohol in each cup of blended frozen margaritas compared to making them by the cup.

In the summer when it’s hot, I prefer a frozen mango margarita recipe as it’s nice and cold. I pour a small glass, then pour more as needed so it doesn’t melt and taste watered down.

mango margarita recipe

What is the Best Alcohol to Use in Pitcher Margaritas?

Traditionally, margaritas are made with tequila. I also added Cointreau, which is an orange liqueur.

Since this frozen mango margarita recipe only has a few ingredients, I highly recommend using quality tequila and Cointreau. If you use a low quality product with an inferior taste, there aren’t many other flavors to cover up the flavor.

Is Gold or Silver Tequila Better for Margaritas?

Silver tequila is bottled as soon as it is distilled, so it doesn’t age more than two months before it’s bottled. It is clear in color. It has a strong and harsh flavor, which is why people use lemon to neutralize the flavor.

Gold tequila is darker in color. It’s color can range from dark to light, and it’s usually amber or caramel colored. Gold tequila is distilled in barrels, which is what gives the drink it’s hue. The longer it sits in the barrels, the darker it will be. Generally, the longer it ages, the more expensive it is.

You can use either gold or silver tequila to learn how to make a mango margarita. However, silver tequila is preferred. This is because it has a pure tequila flavor that doesn’t complicate the flavor of this blended frozen margarita recipe.

Best Tequila for Making Blended Frozen Pitcher Margaritas

Since there are only a few ingredients in this mango margarita pitcher recipe, it’s important to use a quality tequila. I recommend using one of the following tequilas to make margaritas:

  • Olmeca Altos
  • Espolon Blanco
  • Don Julio Blanco
  • Casa Noble Crystal
  • Villa One Silver Tequila
  • Del Maguey Vida Mezcal
  • Herradura Silver Tequila

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Which Orange Liqueur is Best for Margaritas?

In addition to tequila, you’ll also use an orange liqueur to make a blended frozen margarita recipe. I recommend one of the following orange liqueurs in this cocktail recipe:

  • Cointreau
  • DeKuyper 03 Premium Orange Liqueur
  • Magdala Orange Liqueur
  • Grand Imperial Orange Liqueur
  • Patron Citronge Orange Liqueur
  • Agavero Orange Liqueur
  • Drillaud Orange Liqueur

Is Cointreau the Same as Triple Sec?

Cointreau is a type of Triple Sec, which is a type of dry orange liqueur. Triple Sec is a lower quality orange liqueur. However, Cointreau is smoother and stronger with a more complex flavor. Cointreau is more expensive, but it has a higher alcohol content.

Which is Better for Making Pitcher Margaritas, Cointreau or Grand Marnier?

Cointreau is smoother than Grand Marnier. Grand Marnier is more expensive and often used in higher end cocktails. You can use either one, but if you’re buying alcohol to make this mango margarita pitcher recipe, then Cointreau is preferred.

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How Do You Make Mango Margaritas in a Pitcher From Scratch?

You will need to start with frozen mangos to make this frozen mango margarita recipe. I simply buy frozen mangos from the freezer section of my local grocery store. However, you can also prepare your own margaritas from scratch using fresh fruit and frozen ice cubes.

In addition to the fruit and ice, you will also need tequila and an orange liqueur, such as Cointreau.

How Do You Make a Frozen Mango Margarita That Doesn’t Separate?

Homemade blended frozen margaritas tend to separate after they’ve been sitting. This mango margarita pitcher recipe helps combat this by using frozen mangos so the ingredients are very cold.

You can also blend the ice into small pieces first and then add your frozen fruit and alcohol. This can help the drink combine better.

Restaurants make an almost smoothie-like drink. They bring their ingredients almost to freezing and don’t use ice, which prevents separation.

How Do You Make a Mango Margarita on the Rocks?

This frozen mango margarita recipe is made in a blender with ice, so it’s a blended frozen margarita recipe. There’s no need to serve this on the rocks because it already has ice in it.

However, to serve this frozen margarita on the rocks, simply omit the ice and use mango juice in place of the fruit. Then mix the mango juice, alcohol and lime juice together as called for in the mango margarita pitcher recipe. Stir to combine. Then pour the cocktail over ice cubes into a rocks glass.

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Substitutions and Variations for This Mango Margarita Pitcher Recipe

There are substitutions and variations you make this mango margarita pitcher recipe to make it your own. Here are some ideas:

  • Use strawberries or peaches in place of the mango.
  • Use mezcal instead of tequila for an earthy flavor.
  • Add chile liquor for some extra heat. Be careful to add a little at a time because it can get hot quickly.
  • Try using blue Curacao liqueur for a blue hue.
  • Use a Mexican beer in place of the alcohol.
  • Add fresh mint, basil, rosemary or thyme to your mango margarita recipe.
  • Infuse the tequila with cilantro or jalapeno before making this blended frozen margarita recipe.
  • Add melon liqueur, raspberry liqueur, ginger liqueur or amaretto or use in place of the Cointreau.

Mango Pitcher Margarita Recipe Tips

Here are some tips to help you learn how to make a great tasting mango margarita:

  • This mango margarita pitcher recipe will be very thick. If it’s too thick to blend, let it sit for a few minutes to thaw a little big.
  • You can taste it and adjust the amount of alcohol as you make it. You can add more alcohol to your blended frozen margaritas.
  • Rub a lime around the edge of the glass and rim with sea salt or chili powder.

What Do You Serve With Frozen Pitcher Mango Margaritas?

Here are some party food suggestions for your blended frozen margarita recipe you can serve when entertaining guests:

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Mango Margarita Pitcher Recipe Ingredients

To make this mango margarita pitcher recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Mangos: You can use fresh mangos, but you’ll have to freeze them first. I recommend just buying frozen mangos.
  • Lime juice: You can use bottle lime juice, but fresh lime juice is better.
  • Tequila: You can use your favorite tequila. I recommend a high quality silver tequila.
  • Cointreau: This is an orange liqueur.
  • Ice Cubes: Blend these before adding the other ingredients.
  • Sea salt or chili powder: Use either sea salt or chili powder to rim your glasses, if desired. You can also spice things up with cacao chili powder.

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How to Make Mango Margaritas in a Pitcher

Follow these steps to make your frozen mango margarita pitcher recipe:

cube and freeze mangos for blended frozen margarita recipe

1. If you are using fresh mango for this mango margarita recipe, you first need to prepare the mangos. To do this, cut the mangos 1-inch cubes. Then place the mango chunks onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. (Make sure the pieces aren’t touching or they will freeze together and create a large chunk.) Freeze the mango pieces for at least 3 hours, or until frozen. (If you are using mango that is already frozen, you may skip this step.)

how to make blended frozen margaritas

2. Place the ice cubes into the blender. Then blend the ice using the pulse setting on the blender until it has been broken down into small pieces

3. Next, add the chunks of frozen mango, lime juice, tequila and Cointreau to the blender. Blend the margarita ingredients until smooth. If the mixture is too thick to blend, simply wait several minutes then try again.

blended frozen margarita recipe

4. Now use a lime wedge to wet the edge of the glasses. Dip the glasses into either sea salt or chili powder, as desired.

5. Finally, pour the blended frozen margarita recipe into margarita glasses and enjoy.

Yield: 4 servings

Mango Margarita Pitcher Recipe

blended frozen mango margarita pitcher recipe

Make this mango margarita pitcher recipe for a refreshing summer cocktail. These blended frozen mango margaritas are perfect to serve at summer parties or to enjoy with your favorite Mexican dishes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes


  • 20 ounces Frozen mango, cubed
  • 2 ounces Lime Juice
  • 3 ounces Tequila
  • 2 ounces Cointreau
  • 2-3 handfuls Ice cubes
  • Sea Salt or Chili Powder, optional


  1. Place the ice in the blender and blend until it is in small pieces.
  2. Add frozen mango, lime juice, tequila and Cointreau to the blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Use a lime wedge to wet the edge of the glasses. Then dip the glasses into sea salt or chili powder, if desired.
  4. Pour the blended frozen margarita recipe into margarita glasses and enjoy.


You can also use 4-5 fresh mangos to make this blended frozen margarita recipe. If using fresh mango, cut the mangos into 1-inch chunks. Then place the fruit onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet taking care to ensure the pieces aren’t touching. (Otherwise they will freeze together.) Freeze the mangos for 3 hours. Then, once frozen, follow the recipe as directed.

If the margarita ingredients are too thick to blend, allow them to rest for a few minutes in the blender, then try again.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 26gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 3gSugar: 23gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g

For a non-alcoholic version of this mango margarita pitcher recipe, be sure to try my mango and pineapple mocktail recipe. Or discover more party ideas here.

This frozen mango margarita recipe originally appeared on Becca Ink.

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