Taste of the Tropics Li Hing Mango Margarita

A tasty Hawaiian treat – sweet and salty li hing mango – makes this margarita recipe a cut above any other. It’s festive and bright both in flavor and color and is sure to be the talk of the town at your next fiesta!

This Li Hing Mango Margarita makes a beautiful cocktail out of a classic Hawaiian snack. It's sweet, salty and tangy all in one! #margaritaweek #margaritarecipes #lihingrecipes

Boy, do I have a great cocktail recipe for you today! It’s just the right amount of sweet, salty and tangy and looks as beautiful as it tastes. This Li Hing Mango Margarita is sure to knock your socks off.

I’m so excited to be participating in Hola Jalapeño’s fourth annual #margaritaweek today. With Cinco de Mayo and lots of fun summer festivities right around the corner, it couldn’t come at a better time! I’ve already been drooling over all of the #margaritaweek recipes of years past, and this year I’m so excited to contribute my own.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of enjoying li hing mango, you’re in for a treat. I typically only snack on it whenever we’re in Hawaii, but it’s also sooo easy to make on your own as long as you have two ingredients on hand: a deliciously ripe fresh mango and li hing mui powder!

This Li Hing Mango Margarita makes a beautiful cocktail out of a classic Hawaiian snack. It's sweet, salty and tangy all in one! #margaritaweek #margaritarecipes #lihingrecipes

But wait, I know what you’re thinking: What the heck is li hing mui powder? Well, let me tell you.

What is li hing mui?

In a nutshell, li hing mui is a dried Asian plum, and the powder is simply these same plums ground into a fine dust. It’s quite popular in the Hawaiian islands, most often used to give a salty twist to sour gummies or dusted over fresh or dried tropical fruit. The third most popular use of li hing mui? You guessed it – in cocktails!

While you may be able to find li hing mui powder at a good Asian grocery store, I’ve found that simply ordering it via Amazon Prime is the most surefire way to get a hold of it, and it lasts forever because just a little bit goes a long way. You can find my favorite li hing mui powder here[affiliate link]

How to Make a Li Hing Mango Margarita

Aside from the li hing powder and mango, this recipe very closely mirrors a typical margarita recipe. You’ll need both fresh mango (for garnish) and mango juice (for the cocktail), but other than that we’re looking at the usual suspects: tequila, orange liqueur and limes.

Now, before we get into the actual cocktail-making, we need to prep our glasses. Since the li hing powder is already a tad salty, I decided to rim my margarita glass with a combo of lime juice, sugar and that bright red salty stuff. I simply ran a lime wedge around the rim of my glass, and then dipped it in the sugar-li hing power mixture. Then you’ll want to load up your glass with ice to make sure your margarita is nice and frosty as soon as it’s poured.

Once that’s done, we can get into the good stuff. We’re going to throw our tequila, mango juice, orange liqueur and some more li hing powder into a cocktail shaker with more ice, and give it a good rattle or two. After that, simply strain into your prepared glass, garnish with a lime wheel and mango wedge and, voila, you’re ready to sip on the tastiest margarita in town.

This Li Hing Mango Margarita makes a beautiful cocktail out of a classic Hawaiian snack. It's sweet, salty and tangy all in one! #margaritaweek #margaritarecipes #lihingrecipes

You can check out all of the official #margaritaweek recipes here (and be sure to check back, because new recipes will be posted all week!), but I’ve also gone ahead and put together my own little margarita recipe roundup from here on the site. If nothing else, I hope it inspires you to get in the kitchen and whip up your own favorite margarita (or two) this weekend!

More Margarita Recipes to Try

If you prefer your margie blended rather than on the rocks, give these Frozen Watermelon Peach Margaritas a shot!

If you’re into margaritas in the neon color family, this bright pink Prickly Pear Margarita is definitely one for you.

Looking for something different that will bring out your newfound taste for mezcal? You’ll want to try these Smoky Pickled Strawberry Margaritas.

A great wintertime margie? This Pomegranate Margarita fits the bill!

This Li Hing Pineapple Margarita is for you if you want to try li hing with alllll the tropical fruits.

Get it while you can: this Blood Orange Margarita always speaks to me when I can find those elusive blood oranges!

More pineapple with a shot of extra acidity – If you’re a fan of grapefruit, you’ve got to try these Pineapple Pummelo Margaritas!

This Li Hing Mango Margarita makes a beautiful cocktail out of a classic Hawaiian snack. It's sweet, salty and tangy all in one! #margaritaweek #margaritarecipes #lihingrecipes

Taste of the Tropics Li Hing Mango Margarita
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A tasty Hawaiian treat – sweet and salty li hing mango – makes this margarita recipe a cut above any other. It’s festive and bright both in flavor and color and is sure to be the talk of the town at your next fiesta!

Course: Drinks
Keyword: cocktails, drinks, Hawaiian, mango, margarita, tequila
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 309 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
For the rim:
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon li hing mui powder
  • 1 lime wedge
For the cocktail:
  • 1 1/2 ounces white tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Triple Sec or Cointreau)
  • Juice of 1-2 limes (depending on how tart you like your margie)
  • 2 ounces mango juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon li hing mui powder
To garnish:
  • Lime wheel
  • Mango slice
  • Cocktail pick
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or ramekin, mix together the sugar and li hing mui powder for the rim. Once mixed, pour onto a small round plate in a circle the size of the rim of your glass.

  2. Take the lime wedge and run it along the rim of whatever glass you are using, then dip the rim in the sugar-li hing powder mixture. Add ice to fill the glass and set aside.

  3. In a cocktail shaker halfway filled with ice, add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, mango juice and li hing mui powder. Seal tightly and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, then strain into your prepared glass.

  4. Slide the lime wheel and mango slice onto the cocktail pick and use it to garnish your drink, then enjoy!

Frozen Watermelon Peach Margaritas

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Or as those of you who love cocktails as much as I do may call it, Cinco de Drinko! I am beyond stoked to bring you today’s cocktail because (a) it is only the second frozen cocktail I’ve ever posted on the blog (second only to this delicious Frozen Cantaloupe White Wine Sangria, which would also be perfectly fitting for this occasion) and (b) it is the ultimate spring-summer hybrid, so perfect for this time of year! Yes, this Frozen Watermelon Peach Margarita I’m sharing with you today is so refreshing and tasty, you’re going to have to seriously pace yourself because you’re just going to want to be drinking these non-stop today and all through the weekend.

Unfortunately, seeing as I’m busy learning and hobnobbing with the big names at the Everything Food Conference in SLC today, I won’t be able to enjoy any of these for this festive holiday, but I’m sure I’ll be able to find some way to celebrate, and there will be plenty of time to enjoy a Frozen Watermelon Peach Margarita down the road as the weather gets even warmer in sunny California!

And since I won’t be making my normal rounds to all of the Mexican restaurants/bars with the hubs and his work crew this year, I’m dying to live vicariously through all of you. Tell me, what fun things are you up to today to celebrate? I’ll probably even be jealous if your plans amount to no more than making huge vats of Kimchi Bacon Guacamole and Spicy Homemade Salsa (and maybe some Frozen Watermelon Peach Margaritas?) and enjoying them in front of the TV in the comfort of your own home. Ain’t no shame in that game and you’ll probably find me doing the same once I’m done with the conference for the day.

Frozen Watermelon Peach Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

So, about this Frozen Watermelon Peach Margarita, there’s really nothing genius about it, just a whole lot of really fantastic flavor. Now, I’m not one for frozen drinks that are made “frozen” by a heavy scoop of ice, as I find this just makes them incredibly watered down as they melt. Instead, I prefer to freeze my fruit (or any other solid ingredients you’ll be using) so it both makes the cocktail icy but also imparts a whole lot of flavor whether you drink it all right away or want to nurse it a bit (which is always a good idea with tequila!) That being said, I froze both the watermelon (seedless, mind you) and peaches before adding them to the blender with all of the other ingredients.

And speaking of “all the other ingredients,” we’re talking the classics that you see in just about every margarita recipe. So tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Like I said, nothing fancy! I want to keep this as easy as possible for you so you have no excuse to whip some of these up because they are sooooooo tasty.

Frozen Watermelon Peach Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Throw all of the ingredients in a blender and pour into frosty margarita glasses. Maybe garnish with a lime wheel and/or give those glasses a salt rim if you’re feeling fancy (or need some sodium in your life…haha!) No judgment here. These recipes are for YOU.

Speaking of, I’m working on my summer content calendar right now and would love to hear from you regarding what you’d like to see more (or less of) on the blog in the coming months, anything you’ve really enjoyed that I posted, any other topics you’d like me to cover more of (traveling, eating out, or working out, for example,) etc.  After all, this blog would be nothing if it weren’t for all of you lovely readers out there 😉

I hope you have a fun, fabulous and safe Cinco de Mayo, filled with plenty of Frozen Watermelon Peach Margaritas!! Xo

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Frozen Watermelon Peach Margarita
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This fun frozen cocktail is the perfect spring-summer hybrid, with both watermelon and peach amping up your everyday margarita flavors.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces frozen peach slices
  • 8 ounces frozen seedless watermelon chunks
  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces Cointreau q
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. If you like your margaritas with salt, rim two chilled margarita glasses with lime juice and salt before preparing the cocktails. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into two chilled margarita glasses, whether with salt or without. Garnish with a lime wheel, if desired.

Frozen Watermelon Peach Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Prickly Pear Margarita

From here on out, I think every Friday’s going to need to involve a hot pink cocktail!

Prickly Pear Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

I’ve discovered the deliciousness that is prickly pear syrup and I’m not sure I’m going to want to make any cocktails other than Prickly Pear Margaritas ever again.

But seriously, how fun is this color?? I absolutely love it, and once you give a Prickly Pear Margarita a shot you’re going to love it too. Promise.  It’s the perfect sweet and sour combo, with just FOUR ingredients. And since the prickly pear syrup is available on Amazon Prime, the hardest ingredient to track down just might be the Pear William Liqueur (although a quick trip to your local liquor store should do the trick.) If that doesn’t sound like the perfect drink to make this weekend (Oscar-viewing party cocktail, anyone?) I don’t know what does.

Prickly Pear Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Speaking of this weekend, we’re up in NorCal again today because the hubs had some work stuff to take care of, so naturally we decided to turn it into a little vacation. We apparently didn’t get enough of Wine Country in our short 24 hours there last weekend, so we’re heading to St. Helena today after my man is done with work and going to continue our fun. We’re so lucky to have so many friends and places to stay up there, it makes it so much easier for all of these quick, last-minute trips. We’re pretty tuned into the Napa Valley scene since we’re up there so much, but if you have any special suggestions of things we should do or places we should go, please send them my way!

But back to this Prickly Pear Margarita, because I certainly don’t intend to glaze over the fact that this cocktail is just soooooo good. I was reading an article recently in one of the many food magazines I subscribe to (I think it was Bon Appetit) and they were going on about how prickly pear (which is actually a cactus, not a fruit at all) is a hot new ingredient, especially in the health/wellness/spa scenes is dry, arid areas like Arizona. I was instantly intrigued, and of course turned to my trusty Amazon to see if any sort of prickly pear flavoring was something I could get a hold of. I was in luck! This prickly pear syrup showed up at my doorstep two days later and I was giddy with excitement when I saw the neon pink hue.

Prickly Pear Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

As I mentioned, this cocktail is SUPER easy and low maintenance once you have all of the ingredients on hand. Of course we need tequila (because you can’t have a margarita without tequila), and I prefer the clear version as opposed to golden (I find it gives me a little less of a headache after drinking.)

After that, we’ll need our prickly pear syrup, and in place of the usual Triple Sec or Cointreau, we use the aforementioned Pear William Liqueur. Like I said, you should be able to find this at any legit liquor store and, once you buy it, it should last quite a while.

The final touch is a squeeze of fresh lime juice, which again is a must for any margarita. A quick shake in the cocktail shaker, and your Prickly Pear Margarita is ready in less than 20 seconds. I opted to leave my glass rims bare (save for a wedge of lime) because I’m not a huge salt fan, but you certainly could add some for an additional dimension of flavor.

I love that this cocktail is so simple, yet such a stunner and sure to be a crowd pleaser. You certainly don’t need an occasion to mix up a batch, but I’m certain some Prickly Pear Margaritas would go over just fine at any number of events…bridal showers, baby showers, bachelorette parties, you name it.

Prickly Pear Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Whether you make it now or later, you’re definitely going to want to keep this recipe and some prickly pear syrup in your arsenal, ready to mix up at a moment’s notice!

Prickly Pear Margarita
Prep Time
5 mins
 

The most vibrant margarita you've ever seen! Prickly pear syrup lends the perfect fruity and colorful touch to the classic Mexican cocktail.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces white tequila
  • 1 ounce Pear William liqueur
  • 1 ounce prickly pear syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds and pour contents (including ice) into a margarita or rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can purchase prickly pear syrup here.

Prickly Pear Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Pomegranate Margarita

Because we’ve got weekends on our mind.

Pomegranate Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

The hubs and I are en route to Napa as we speak and getting ready to indulge in way too much wine and delicious food, but last week I was living and breathing Mexican food. After my FEED Supper on Thursday night (which was a smashing success BTW, check out my recap here!) all I could think about was enjoying a stiff, ice-cold margarita. On Friday, I got my butt out of bed and to the store to make my own seasonal take on the drink, and this Pomegranate Margarita was born!

Although I usually reach for bourbon when I’m making a cocktail, living in the heavily Hispanic-influenced town of Santa Barbara (and growing up in California in general) has given me a great appreciate for a good margie. Where else, after all, do they have a week every year that’s completely devoted to Old Spanish Days?

There’s certainly no shortage of margarita recipes here at CGC:

I made these Pineapple Pummelo Margaritas way back in January when I was trying to find ways to use up all the cool winter citrus…

I made this Blood Orange Margarita once winter had officially ended but I could still find my favorite messy fruit in stores…

And I made this Li Hing Pineapple Margarita in the heat of summer to pretend like I was in the tropics.

Pomegranate Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Well, I think it’s about time for a fall rendition! Enter, this tasty, tart Pomegranate Margarita. I have to say, I came up with the idea to use pomegranate for my fall-themed margarita because I thought (a) apple cider would be way too obvious and (b) a pumpkin margarita did NOT sound appetizing to me at all.

BUT, once I was sitting down to edit these photos, I realized that said Pomegranate Margarita would also make a fabulous winter-y cocktail – just look at all the red and green!

Pomegranate Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

The ingredients are simple, there are only four!

Tequila
Cointreau
Pomegranate juice
Lime

If that doesn’t just scream “easy like Friday afternoon” at you, I don’t know what will.

So here’s the deal, you can make and enjoy a Pomegranate Margarita now when you can’t look at another pumpkin or apple again AND you can make it in December for your office holiday party, or White Elephant Party, or Christmas Eve dinner. The possibilities are endless!

I’m going to keep things short this week, as we obviously have a busy day ahead of us with lots of wine to drink! Be sure to follow along with my adventures on Instagram and stay tuned for a super-fun post coming at you on Monday! XO

Pomegranate Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Pomegranate Margarita
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 
A festive margarita made with fresh pomegranate juice, perfect for the holidays.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ ounces blanco tequila
  • ¾ ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge.

 

Pomegranate Margarita | CaliGirlCooking.com

Chin chin!

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash

The air is heavy with anticipation.

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash | CaliGirl Cooking

We’re at that yearly crossroad of enjoying the last glorious days of summer yet secretly anticipating the arrival of fall and all of its delicious, comforting foods…Longer nights, cooler weather, home-cooked meals…But wait! We’re not quite there yet. The temps are still easily reaching the 80-degree mark these days. We’ll get to the mid-60’s in due time (sorry, had to rub that in for all my non-Californians out there.)

In the meantime, we need to go to our local Trader Joe’s or Farmer’s Market and stock up on as many fresh figs as we can possibly eat and then some because, well, we’ll figure out something to do with them (not like I’m speaking from experience or anything) Maybe we should make a Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash? I think that sounds like a great idea.

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash | CaliGirl Cooking

Surprisingly, the fresh figs in this cocktail should really only qualify for “Best Supporting Ingredient.” The REAL star of the show here is the date tequila. That’s right folks, I’ve stepped into the infused booze world and I’m not turning back. I was first introduced to the idea of date tequila when Matt Biancaniello held a little event here in Santa Barbara to promote his latest book, “Eat Your Drink” (which you should totally order if you like inventive and super tasty cocktails featuring farm-to-table ingredients.) He had made some and was kind enough to offer us a taste, even though it wasn’t an ingredient in any of the drinks we ordered. I was immediately hooked and knew that this was the fate of the huge Ziploc full of dates we had in the refrigerator from our last trip to Palm Springs.

So I knew I wanted to make date tequila and share the awesome combination with you all, but I couldn’t stop there. I wanted to show you how to turn said date tequila into an incredibly tasty, refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for this “It’s still summer but I secretly wish it was fall” thing we’ve got going on. Oh hey, flats on flats of fresh figs that I have sitting in my refrigerator, want to jump in a cocktail? How about you, fresh rosemary that I have sitting outside our front door? Our Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash was born.

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash | CaliGirl Cooking

This is how we do it…

We get our dates marinating in our tequila at least five days before we want to whip up said Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash. Since alcohol is shelf stable, no need to worry about our concoction taking up valuable real estate in the refrigerator.

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash | CaliGirl Cooking

We go to whatever store or Farmer’s Market has our city’s best selection of fresh figs at this time of year and stock up. We’ll figure out what to do with the other five flats later…

We quickly cook up some rosemary-infused simple syrup. We’re already infusing tequila, so why stop there? We let it cool just a bit before we add it to our cocktail (or just make the syrup a day in advance and store in the refrigerator.)

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash | CaliGirl Cooking

We grab a lemon and some club soda and then we’re ready to roll!

First step is to muddle the date tequila, figs, rosemary simple syrup and lemon juice in the bottom of our cocktail glass.

Next step is to add a substantial amount of ice.

Don’t forget to top off with the bubbly club soda!

Give the cocktail a stir and finish it off with a sprig of fresh rosemary for a little extra flavor, aroma and flourish.

Serve a Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash to all of your nearest and dearest and watch them come flocking to you for more.

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash | CaliGirl Cooking

Did we just figure out a way to get rid of the surplus of figs in our refrigerator?

Rosemary, Fig & Date Tequila Smash
Prep Time
10 mins
 
A late-summer cocktail recipe featuring date-infused tequila, fresh figs and rosemary simple syrup.
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Date Tequila recipe below
  • 2 fresh figs quartered
  • ½ ounce Rosemary Simple Syrup recipe below
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Top with club soda
  • Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig
Instructions
  1. Combine Date Tequila, figs, Rosemary Simple Syrup and lemon juice in the bottom of a rocks glass and muddle everything together.
  2. Fill rocks glass about ¾ of the way full with ice.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig.
Recipe Notes

To make the Date Tequila:
Cut 12 dates in half, removing the pit from each one, and add to large resealable glass jar (I used something like this.) Add one 750mL bottle of white tequila to jar, seal, and let sit for at least five days (up to 10 days) before enjoying.

To make the Rosemary Simple Syrup:
Combine one cup granulated sugar, one cup water and one large sprig of fresh rosemary in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool before using a funnel to pour syrup into a glass bottle with a stopper for storage. Refrigerate up to one week.

 

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Did someone say cocktail?

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