Candy shots are always special but these chile mango Mexican candy shots absolutely take things to another level altogether! This Mexican candy shot recipe includes the flavours of chamoy and chile-lime tajín. They’re ideal for any girly get-together, for Cinco de Mayo or even just whenever you’re in the mood for a Mexican candy inspired drink or spicy mango tequila shots. After all, Mexican candy is certainly unique.
If you’re a fan of south of the border flavours, these spicy mango tequila shots are going to rock your world! Boasting chile, lime, orange, chamoy, and mango, your taste buds are going to be buzzing with these amazing flavours.
Chile Mango Mexican Candy Shots Ingredients
Let’s take a closer look at what you need to make this Mexican candy inspired drink. Some of the ingredients, such as chamoy and chile-lime tajín, might not be ones you know.
The sugared rim is made with sugar, chile-lime seasoning and some lime juice. The shot itself calls for mango, mango-orange juice, tequila, agave nectar, chamoy, and dried mango (which is optional).
The chile-lime seasoning gives a beautiful Mexican flavour to the drink. I love chile-lime tajín, which is a readymade seasoning comprised of chile, lime and salt. There are other brands too. Perhaps you have your own favourite.
Frozen mango chunks work fine for this Cinco de Mayo Mexican candy inspired drink although fresh would also work of course. As for the mango-orange juice, check to see what your grocery store carries. There are different brands of this also. If you can’t find one, just use a mixture of orange juice and mango juice.
Silver tequila is nice for this Mexican candy shot recipe. You are going to want to use something that’s smooth enough to make a good cocktail but not fine tequila which deserves to be savoured as a shot.
Agave nectar adds sweetness although liquid artificial sweetener drops can be subbed. As for the chamoy, it’s a savoury condiment which you can use for cocktails, for drizzling over nachos or as a topping for fresh fruit. It’s also a nice sauce to dip meat. Chamoy is actually Asian in origin but it got a south of the border twist.
Chamoy is made with apricot, mango or plum as the base along with lime juice and salt. It comes as a liquid, powder or paste. Unlike chile-lime tajín, which is a brand, chamoy is a food. Tajín is always powder while chamoy comes in different formats. Also, chamoy’s main ingredient is fruit. Both chamoy and chile-lime tajín work beautifully in chile mango Mexican candy shots but it’s nice to know how they’re different from each other.
How to Make a Mexican Candy Shot Recipe
It’s easy to make spicy mango tequila shots. In fact, you’ll definitely want to make these more than once! First of all, make the sugar rims. Combine the sugar with the chile-lime seasoning then wet the rims of your shot glasses in lime juice and roll in the tajín mixture.
Now put the frozen mango in a blender with the fruit juice, tequila, and agave nectar. Blend these ingredients together until you have a smooth result. Add a couple of teaspoons of chamoy in each shot glass topped with the blended mango mixture.
Optionally you might want to dip some sweetened, dried mango in tajín and use this as a garnish. Serve right away and enjoy or, as they say in Mexico, salud (which means ‘to your health’!)
Why this Mexican Candy Inspired Drink is So Good
The reason Mexican candy is so good is a lot of it is fruit-based and that also applies to Mexican drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. In true south of the border style though, fruit isn’t served just as it is, as a sweet snack.
Contrasting flavours such as salt and chile are added to the fruit to really showcase that sweet fruit flavour. Unless you’ve tried Mexican candies it’s hard to explain how good they are. You just need to make chile mango Mexican candy shots and find out for yourself!
Spicy Mango Tequila Shots FAQs
As you’d expect, chile mango Mexican candy shots are best if you serve them straight away. However, you can store them in a sealed container for a day or two and then just give the mixture a good shake before pouring.
You probably want to use coarse sugar to make the sugared rims because it offers a nice crunch and the texture is similar to that of tajín so it will mix better. Turbinado or demerara are two examples of coarse sugar, either of which would be fine.
Chile Mango Mexican Candy Shots Recipe
Chile Mango Mexican Candy Shots
For the Tajín-Sugar Rim:
- 2 Teaspoons sugar coarse, such as turbinado or demerara
- 2 Teaspoons chile-lime seasoning such as Tajín Clásico Seasoning
- 1 Wedge lime or lime juice
For the Chile-Mango Mexican Candy Shot:
- 4 Ounces mango frozen chunks, about 1 cup
- 2 Ounces orange juice mango-flavored, such as Simply Orange Juice with Mango
- 2 Ounces tequila silver, such as Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila
- ½- Ounce agave nectar such as Tres Agaves Organic Agave Nectar
- 3 Tablespoons chamoy such as Tajín Chamoy Mild Sauce
- Wedge mango Sweetened dried, for garnish, optional
For the Tajín-Sugar Rim:
- On a shallow plate, mix together sugar and chile-lime seasoning.
- Dip the rim of your shot glass into lime juice or swipe a lime wedge around the rim of your glass. Dip the dampened rim of the glass into the prepared Tajín-sugar, assuring the mixture covers the entire rim.
For the Chile-Mango Mexican Candy Shot:
- To the pitcher of a blender (or the cup of a handheld immersion blender), add frozen mango, mango-flavored orange juice, tequila, and agave nectar. Blend until smooth.
- Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of chamoy along the inside of your shot glass. Immediately fill glass with mango mixture. If you wish, run a lime wedge along the edge of a piece of sweetened, dried mango and dip it into the chile-lime seasoning. You can place it on top of the shot glass as a garnish.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Consider these amazing chile mango Mexican candy shots for your next Cinco de Mayo party or get-together. The chamoy and tajín pair beautifully with the tequila and fruit juice, making these spicy mango tequila shots something extra-special.
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I must try these! They sound delicious
This looks amazing, I love the colours and it looks delicious
I could use a shot like this! I must try it!
Saving this for our next family get together. I bet everyone is going to love them!
How much fun! I made these for a girls night and they were a hit. So creative!