Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Home | Mango Habanero Margarita

by Carolee Chanona

Cinco de Mayo is usually the time to head to your favorite taco restaurant and order a bundle of food to celebrate the Mexican celebration. But with many restaurants remaining closed for dine-in services, Belizeans will have to celebrate differently this year at home. Coincidentally, this year’s Cinco de Mayo also falls on Taco Tuesday. Commemorating the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico. This day celebrates our neighbor’s culture, from its cuisine and music to the traditional crafts. While you’re at home, try this Mango Habanero Margarita recipe for a Belizean twist with mangoes in season!

Mango Habanero Margaritas

habanero simple syrup

pc: Macheesmo

These Mango Habanero Margaritas pack a serious punch and are addictively spicy. You can’t drink them too fast, making them the perfect balance of sweet and heat. If you have enough guts to try the habanero mango syrup by itself, you’ll agree it’s basically a dare. But, it does chill out once you mix it with other ingredients and it gets watered down a bit.

Habanero Mango Syrup:

  • 1 cup mango, cubed
  • 2 fresh habanero peppers, halved and de-seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 to 1 ½ cup sugar (depending on sweetness of mango, and spiciness of habanero)

For Two Margaritas:

  • 4½ ounces tequila
  • 3 ounces mango habanero syrup
  • 1½ ounces triple sec
  • 3 ounces fresh lime juice
  • Salt for rim (or Tajin, if available)



  1. Add all the simple syrup ingredients to a pot and simmer over low heat until sugar is melted. Let cool completely and blend until smooth. Strain, and set aside.
  2. On a plate, layout your salt (and Tajin, if using). Rim your glass with lime before dipping it into the salt mixture. Set aside.
  3. If using a shaker or blender, add all margarita ingredients until mixed throughout. Pour the mango margarita mix into the rimmed glasses, and serve immediately!
Feature photo via Macheesmo.

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