The Speckled Palate
April 27, 2016

Cantaloupe Mint Margarita

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this twist on the classic margarita: Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas! Light, fruity and refreshing, this chilled cocktail will become a warm-weather favorite!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this twist on the classic margarita: Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas! Light, fruity and refreshing, this chilled cocktail will become a warm-weather favorite!

Margaritas and me have a 10-year history together.

In case you were wondering, I was that person who didn’t taste a sip of alcohol until she was 21. And yes, I was totally a stick in the mud about it. However, I loosened up eventually and learned that I liked some boozy beverages, so it all worked out.

It was love at first sip… but we had a few years that were touch-and-go.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this twist on the classic margarita: Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas! Light, fruity and refreshing, this chilled cocktail will become a warm-weather favorite!

I won’t go into the details of what happened. All that I’ll say is we all know how it ends when you give someone who has a sweet tooth a cocktail that doesn’t taste like it has alcohol. It’s not pretty. Because of this, I swore off margaritas for a few years.

This worked out just fine for me.

But when we moved to Texas, I decided to try my luck with margaritas again. Because while my go-to alcohol of choice is beer, I cannot resist a good margarita.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this twist on the classic margarita: Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas! Light, fruity and refreshing, this chilled cocktail will become a summertime favorite!

This Cantaloupe Mint Margarita is the kind of marg I’d surpass beer for.

It’s a little bit sweeter than the average margarita, and it boasts just a hint of that gorgeous, light cantaloupe flavor. Combined with the mint, this drink is out-of-this-world.

Summertime is just around the corner — so is Cinco de Mayo — and cantaloupe and mint are going to be abundant so soon!

Just think of all the margaritas you can make with the summer bounty!

An added bonus? This recipe makes three margs… so you can have enough to share with friends by the pool or lake or grill or wherever y’all might be hanging out! Or if you’re feeling dangerous, you can drink ’em all yourself, but I do not recommend that. (Please take what I’ve learned the hard way and make it easier on yourself.)

Here’s how you can make your own:

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this twist on the classic: Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas! Fruity and refreshing, this cocktail will be a summertime favorite! #cocktail #drink #margarita
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Cantaloupe Mint Margarita

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this twist on the classic margarita: Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas! This refined sugar-free recipe comes together quickly and easily with just a few ingredients. Cantaloupe chunks, mint leaves, agave nectar, tequila, orange liqueur and ice are blended together to create this one-of-a-kind cocktail. Light and refreshing with hints of mint and cantaloupe, this drink is perfect for any warm weather get together. The Cantaloupe Mint Margarita is sure to become a favorite!
Course Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 margaritas
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cantaloupe , chopped
  • 1 oz . orange liqueur
  • 3 oz . tequila
  • 2 oz . freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz . agave nectar
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Lime , mint and granulated sugar, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the cantaloupe, orange liqueur, tequila, freshly-squeezed lime juice, agaze nectar, mint leaves and ice cubes.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Run a sliced lime over the rim of your glasses, and dip in sugar.
  4. Pour the margaritas into the glasses.
  5. Serve with a mint leaf as garnish, and enjoy cold!

Now who’s ready for even more Cinco de Mayo recipe goodness!?

I’ve teamed up with several of my blog friends to bring y’all this glorious round-up of recipes that are perfect for a celebration!

34 of the best Cinco de Mayo inspired recipes! Everything from cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, salsa recipes and dinner ideas for Cinco de Mayo. Pin for later!

Margarita Granita by Feast + West
Cinco de Mayo Party Inspiration and Recipes by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Poblano & Mushroom Tosadas by The Mexitalian
Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb Agua Fresca by Will Frolic for Food
Street Corn-style Roasted Potatoes by A Little Gathering
Pork & Black Bean Stew by think fruitful
Tequila Lime Tart by Love & Flour
Crispy Fish Tacos with Cajun Mayo by Winstead Wandering
Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca by A Savory Feast
Shredded Chicken Gorditas by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Carne Asada Fries by Tornadough Alli
Mexican Carrot Dogs with Chunky Salsa Verde by Strength and Sunshine
Raspberry Lime Rickey Margaritas by Feed Me Phoebe
Slow Cooked Carnitas Style Chicken by Simple and Savory
Chicken Fajita Sandwich by Brunch-n-Bites
Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas by The Speckled Palate
Brussel Sprout, Wild Mushroom, Avocado and Feta Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa by Arthur Street Kitchen
Spiced Chocolate Ice Cream with Roasted Pepitas by Bethany Grow
Roasted Veggie Salsa by Living Well Kitchen
Seared Scallop Tacos with Spring Mango Salsa and Avocado Cream by Domesticate ME!
Blackberry Mint Agua Fresca by the Grant life
Traditional Homemade Flour Tortillas by Sustaining the Powers
Nightshade Free Southwest Salad by I Say Nomato
Southwestern Orzo Salad by Family Food on the Table
Cheesy Southwest Egg Rolls by Pink Cake Plate
Watermelon Mint Margarita by Gold & Bloom
Mix-Your-Own Guac Bar by Hey There Sunshine
Blood Orange Margaritas by Glisten and Grace
Veggie Stuffed Chiles Rellenos with Avocado Cream by Hello Little Home
Slow Cooker Red Chicken Enchiladas by Sustaining the Powers
Margerita Poke Cake by Pink Cake Plate
Mojito Cupcakes by The Rustic Willow
Margarita Shrimp Tacos by Macheesmo
Pineapple Cilantro Salsa by Feast + West
One Pot Taco Soup by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Sizzling Texas Fajitas by Sustaining the Powers
Tequila Lime Cupcakes with Margarita Buttercream by Sugar Dish Me
Slow Cooker Chipotle Turkey Tacos by Two Places at Once
Margarita Bar by Mixplorology

Are you planning to make any dishes for Cinco de Mayo?

24 Comments

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  9. Carlee

    I know exactly what you mean about sweet drinks that hit you hard before you know it! I love them, but they are dangerous. These look delicious!

    • Erin

      I feel like we’ve all got a story about drinks like this! They’re so delicious but soooo dangerous. If you give them a try, enjoy!

  10. Elaine @ Dishes Delish

    Oh Wow! This looks delicious! I’m all about the margarita! And what a fun mix of fruit and mint. This is a must try for me! Thanks for sharing.

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Elaine! These margaritas are totally delicious. If you give it a shot, I hope you enjoy it! A great way to use seasonal produce!

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  12. Amber | Loves Food, Loves to Eat

    I love this combo!!! That looks so refreshing! I had a few early, bad tequila experiences (in high school…whoops). I couldn’t even stomach a margarita until I was maybe 25!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Amber! The combo is pretty darn delicious! And I’m sorry that you had a few early, bad tequila experiences that made it to where you couldn’t stomach a margarita until your mid-20s! I’m glad you can enjoy one now, though!

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    • Erin

      Thanks, Keith! I hope you enjoy this!

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