The Tijuana Taxi is essentially a mango vanilla margarita with a sugary rim. Really, it’s the vanilla that sets this marg apart, taking it a step above your average tequila-laden cocktail.
A few years ago, my brother and I went out with a few friends to a restaurant in the rainbow district of Philadelphia. The Azul Cantina was reviewed in Philadelphia Weekly as having sub-par food but amazing, amazing cocktails. So naturally, we had to try it. On the menu was a chili salt margarita, an array of fresh fruit mojitos and something called a Tijuana Taxi – a mango vanilla margarita. That one? It drew me in.
Let the record show that I was a HUGE fan of the food at Azul. Taquitos, flautas, fresh guacamole, tacos. Everything was fresh, perfectly seasoned, satisfying. But the drinks? Well, Philadelphia Weekly was right. The drinks were the star. A friend ordered a mojito that was stuffed to the brim with fresh mint and fruit. The classic margaritas were salted just right. And the Tijuana Taxi, well, it’s something that I still dream about to this day.
With Cinco De Mayo on the horizon, I thought it would be more than appropriate to share a margarita with you. I’m not typically one to drink these days, it just makes me sleepy. But having one of these, in a sugary glass, really took me back. It tastes like summer in a glass. Like time spent with friends, delicious meals, drinks sipped on the porch. It’s what I plan on sipping on all summer long.
Really, the vanilla is the absolute star here. The mangos are delicious and fruity, the tequila strong with a nice bite. A splash or two of lime to cut through the sweetness. But the vanilla gives it a little something extra. A zing. A pizzazz. It’s different from other margs. A sweetly strong drink that will satisfy every margarita connoisseur. If you’ve got Cinco De Mayo plans, add this one to your must-make list. It’s super easy to whip up a huge pitcher and toss it over ice as needed. Give them a whirl yourself!
- 2-15 ounce cans sliced mangos, drained
- 2/3 cup tequila
- 2/3 cup triple sec
- Juice of 1 1/2 limes
- 2 heaping Tbsp. sugar plus 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour 1 Tbsp. sugar on a plate. Rub your glasses with a wedge of lime then twirl them in the sugar.
- Fill the glasses with the blended margarita.