Chilli and mango margarita recipe

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  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare, plus cooling time
  • 207 calories / serving
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Transform your Christmas party into a Mexican fiesta with this fiery chilli and mango margarita. A quick vanilla and chilli sugar syrup adds heat to the sweet mango juice, while tequila and lime work together to make a Christmas cocktail that really packs a punch. 

Start by making the syrup. Halve the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds. Put the seeds into a small, heavy bottomed pan along with the sugar and 125ml (4fl oz) of water. Add the halved chilli. Heat the pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and boil vigorously for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and leave to cool completely. Strain the syrup into a jug.

Put a handful of ice cubes into a large cocktail shaker; and add 4 tbsp of the syrup (you may not need all the syrup but it will keep well in a jam jar in the fridge for 3 months). Add the vodka, tequila, mango juice and the lime juice. Put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously to combine.

Strain the cocktail into 4 chilled martini glasses and garnish with curls of chilli – to make these, use a potato peeler to peel strips of the whole chilli down its length. Curl around a pencil or a chopstick and add one to each drink.

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  • Ingredients

  • ice cubes
  • 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) vodka
  • 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) tequila
  • 400ml (14fl oz) mango juice
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 150ml (1/4pt) prosecco or sparkling wine
  • For the vanilla and chilli syrup

  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 125g (4oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 long red chillies, 1 halved
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  • Energy 864kj 207kcal 10%
  • Fat 0.2g 0%
  • Saturates 0g 0%
  • Sugars 17.4g 19%
  • Salt 0g 0%

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Carbohydrate 17.6g Protein 0.3g Fibre 0g

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