Mango Margarita Sorbet

The simplicity of this Mango Margarita Sorbet makes it a perfect hot-weather frozen dessert! With just 5 ingredients – fresh mangoes and lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and agave – it comes together so quickly with the help of your ice cream freezer.

A close up of mango margarita sorbet in a green bowl.

“Simon went over to Jace and dropped the soup can into the cart. “So what was all that about?”

“I think,” Jace said, “that she asked if she could touch my mango.” 

~~ Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – Recipe Inspiration

I have a love-hate affair with mangoes. First the good: Mangoes taste AMAZING! I love them in savory dishes like my mango chicken and tropical buddha bowls, and in sweets as in coconut mango custard, dehydrated mangoes, and tropical tapioca parfaits.

Second: The good. The bad. The Ugly. I have yet to find a method that doesn’t make me scream and result in a mess. Usually, I try to pass the breaking down of mangoes to my helpful sous chef and husband. Haha. He doesn’t mind as he adores them!

Need help? See How to Cut a Mango.

We love this Mango Margarita Sorbet so much, I decided to use it as the base for my boozy mangonada paletas – a fabulouse frozen summer treat of mango sorbet layered with homemade chamoy recipe and tajín.

🥭 About Mangoes

Throughout the year (in the US), you should be able to find at least 1 variety of mango in your grocery store or produce market. Here in south Texas, we can almost always find 2 varieties year ’round. Yay!

Mango Varieties

My preference is for the smaller honey/ataulfo/champagne mango. When I shopped for the Mango Margarita Sorbet batch on photo day, they were all overripe. I don’t like breaking down mangoes to begin with, and overripe ones are even worse!

As you will see in my ingredients photo, I chose large green mangoes with just a bit of give when pressed. They are actually ripe. The color doesn’t change much as they ripen. The mangoes had a layer of green flesh that wasn’t really pretty but it didn’t affect the flavor. From the list of mango varieties on, I’m guessing they were “Kent” mangoes.

Any variety of mango will work in this recipe. You will want to taste the mango mix for sweetness and adjust if it doesn’t suit you. If your mangoes are a very sweet variety, or if they’re really ripe, you won’t need much agave. It’s best to start with less and add!


Are Mangoes Healthy?

Yes. 1 serving of mango is equal to about 1 cup of flesh, and contains just 100 calories. It provide 100% of RDA vitamin C, 35% vitamin A, and 10% vitamin B6. You’ll get 12% of the RDA of fiber, about 20% of your daily folate requirement, and 10% of your daily copper requirement.

So, YES, mangoes are healthy!

Mango Margarita Sorbet in 2 square bowls with copper spoons on a burl wood cutting board. Gluten and dairy free, and vegan!

📋 Ingredients Notes

2 mangos, 3 limes, a knife, measuring spoons, tequila, triple sec, agave on a wood cutting board.
  • mangoes – Choose any variety, but they’re easier to break down if they’re not too ripe. Time saving tip – May grocery stores now carry fresh mango chunks.
  • fresh squeezed lime juice
  • tequila – You don’t need a “top shelf tequila” for the sorbet.
  • orange liqueur – There are many different orange liqueurs available. Some are inexpensive (triple sec), and some are expensive (Grand Marnier). Unless you keep one in your bar, I suggest going with triple sec or similar.
  • agave nectar – The liquid sweetener is important because the sorbet isn’t cooked. You can substitute honey or simple syrup, but you’ll want to add it last, and adjust as needed.
  • fine sea salt

🔪 Instructions

Once you’ve prepped the mango chunks, the sorbet comes together in a couple of minutes. Add everything to the bowl of a processor. Blend until super smooth. Pour into your ice cream freezer and press start.

Squeezed limes, and a food processor with ingredients for the sorbet.
  • Prep all ingredients, then add to the bowl of a food processor.
The thoroughly-blended mango sorbet mixture before going into the freezer.
  • Process until smooth and creamy. Taste for sweetness and adjust if necessary.
A freezer bowl with paddle and the finished mango sorbet.
  • Freeze the mango margarita sorbet according to the manufacturer’s instructions on your freezer.
Mango Margarita Sorbet in the ice cream freezer and on the paddle.

💭 Tips

  • If you’re using a compressor type ice cream freezer, a well-chilled sorbet mix isn’t necessary. If using a freezer bowl unit, the mix should be very cold to get it firmly frozen. I try to pre-chill my ingredients when I remember. If I don’t, I will stick the mix into the freezer, but don’t forget about it!
  • I suggest tequila, but we have also used mezcal, and we love the hint of smoke.
  • I use Triple Sec for desserts as the quality isn’t that important, and it’s pretty inexpensive.
  • The sorbet freezes well because it has no water. Store in a double-walled container and press a layer of plastic wrap over top before sealing. It is the air coming in contact with the sorbet that creates ice crystals. This is a small batch, though, so it may not be necessary. I’m cooking for 2, so most of my recipes feed 2-4.

When summer heat is getting you down, cool off with this delicious, dairy free frozen treat! Stay cool!

Signature in red and green with chiles and limes.

Update: I am working on a mangonada paleta (popsicle) with chamoy and tajin. It is based on this mango margarita sorbet, and a delicious treat on a hot day!

Mango Margarita Sorbet in a square green bowl with mint sprig.

Mango Margarita Sorbet

A luscious frozen treat with the ingredients and flavors of a mango margarita! It’s vegan, gluten and dairy free, and delicious!
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Freezer Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 3 to 4 servings
Calories 94 kcal


  • 2 large mangos - about 2 cups cut in chunks
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice - 3-4 limes
  • 1 tablespoon tequila - see notes
  • 1 teaspoon orange liqueur - see notes
  • 1 tablespoon +/- agave nectar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt


  • Put all ingredients in a blender, puree until smooth.
  • Chill completely if using a freezer bowl type ice cream freezer (see notes).
  • Freeze in ice cream maker, according to directions. It is a somewhat soft consistency, so for a scoopable (harder) freeze, stash in the freezer for a few hours before serving. My photos were taken immediately after the ice cream maker stopped.


For best results with a freezer bowl type freezer, start with very cold sorbet mix. You can stick it in the freezer to quick chill. You can also start with chilled ingredients.
I suggest tequila, but we have also used mezcal, and we love the hint of smoke.
I use Triple Sec for desserts as the quality isn’t that important, and it’s pretty inexpensive.
Calories are an approximation from and based on 3 servings.


Calories: 94kcal

NOTE: Macronutrients are an approximation only using unbranded ingredients and Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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  1. Oh YAY! I have all of the ingredients and it has gotten hot here, so a nice cold sorbet sounds awesome! Bet it would go great on top of a warm peach cobbler. 🙂 Happy 4th Tamara!

    1. Thanks MJ! I hope your day was splendid as well! Yes, I think this would be fabulous on your warm peach cobbler… a great combo!