I feel like I know a lot of people with a “tequila story”. You know the types of stories I mean, right? They usually start out innocently enough. But typically end in some kind of twisted tequila-induced misery, with the storyteller swearing off tequila for life. Sound familiar?
Fortunately, I don’t have one of these stories. Tequila has always been good to me. And to this day, it’s still one of my favorite spirits. Tequila has a firm place in my kitchen and in my heart. And I love being able to enjoy it in everything from cocktails to fruity salsas.
So needless to say, Margarita Week is a week that I get REALLY excited for. The brainchild of Kate from Hola Jalapeño, #margaritaweek is the celebration of all things margarita. Last year, I crafted some perfectly pink Rhubarb-Raspberry Margaritas for the occasion. And this year, I’m bringing these Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil to the party.
These boozy popsicles are all grown up. And I’m not just saying that because of the alcohol content. The flavor profile is rather sophisticated, too, thanks to that herby basil swirl (a flavor combination inspired by Heather Christo). And these popsicles aren’t overly sweet. Which is exactly how a good margarita should be. Those insanely sugary margaritas sold in chain restaurants are for amateurs. But that’s just my humble opinion.
Champagne mangoes (also sometimes called honey mangoes) are my favorite variety of mango. And they are currently in season, so buy and use fresh ones if you can. Although I may beat you to the grocery store and buy them ALL before you have a chance to get there. Seriously. I’m obsessed with champagne mangoes. So in that case, use frozen mangoes for this recipe. It works well either way.
For more margarita inspiration, be sure to check out Kate’s Margarita Week webpage, which will be updated throughout the week with all the other bloggers recipes. Hooray!
Creamy Coconut Mango Margarita Popsicles with Basil
For the Coconut-Mango Base:
For the Basil Swirl:
These look delish Liz. Perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Loving that basil swirl!
Thanks, Mary Ann! I’m ready to celebrate!
Ooo, Oooo, Oooo!! How wonderful are these?!! Not to mention drop dead gorgeous. Thank you so much for contributing a recipe to Margarita Week, I LOVE it!!
Thanks for hosting one of my favorite weeks of the year! 🙂
Oh my YES! All the Yaaas!! These are gorgeous and that sophisticated flavor profile? You couldn’t get this anywhere but homemade! Just stunning Liz! I’m somewhat of a newbe to fresh margaritas.. that’s why I avoided them for so long. All I’d ever had was that sugary pre mix stuff – yuck. Really. But since discovering tequila and craft concoctions, I’m all in.. IN! It’s way too chilly for popsicles yet up here, but I’ve been seeing those mangos and need to just go ahead and whip up a batch of these for when things get warm (you know, in the 60s – hehe!). Delicious work, Liz!!
Oh it’s cold here too. We have had a handful of warm days, but today it’s 45 degrees. Definitely not popsicle weather. But I’ll gladly throw on an extra sweater so I can enjoy these!
Tequila has always been good to me too but vodka is another story. 🙂 I love the idea of making boozy margarita popsicles and that basil swirl is so pretty!
Ha ha. Ok, we will stay away from the vodka for now then!
These popsicles are OMG AMAZING. I can’t get enough of basil, and I am with you on the whole “tequila has always been good to me” front. Trying these as soon as I get my #margaritaweek recipe list sorted 😉 xoxo
Yay! I hope you love them! I am always down for tequila no matter which way I can get it! Lol.