Layered Tropical Margarita


It’s Cinco de Mayo and this #EverydaySuperMomma is ready to have a margarita!! Okay, maybe I’m a little extra excited for my festive adult beverage, but give me a break because I was just pregnant and unable to partake of such yummy libations.

Last year, I shared my FAV skinny margarita recipes and this year we are taking it to the next level… Well, actually our margie is layered, so we are rocking out on multiple levels over at the Molly Sims test kitchen! For you pregnant ladies or those who don’t drink, this recipe is super tasty sans the booze, too. Speaking of tasty, I’ve also got a great guacamole recipe.


Last summer, I showed you how delicious and easy it is to make aguas frescas. Now we are going to take what we learned over to Margaritaville for a truly inspired cocktail. We are going to make two separate juices so we can layer our drink. The trick to layering is simple. We rely on our old pal, gravity to do the work for us. The heavier juice will be the base or bottom of the drink and the lighter juice will be our float or top layer.

Papaya and Mango Juice - the base

  • 1 medium sized papaya
  • 1 large mango
  • Remove the skin & seeds and cut into smallish chunks
  • 2 cups of water
  • Place fruit and water into the blender and blend until smooth.
  • Sweeten to taste.**
  • Place in pitcher and set aside.

**Not sure about what sweetener to choose?  Check out my post on healthy sweeteners


Watermelon Juice - the float

  • 3 cups (approximately) of cubed watermelon
  • 1-½ cups of water
  • Place fruit and water into the blender and blend until smooth.  DO NOT SWEETEN THIS JUICE.  Sugar adds weight and we want this juice to be light as a feather!  We are also going to help make it lighter by passing the juice through a strainer to remove any fruit pulp.

NOW we are ready to make our cocktail…

  • Take your salted rim glass with ice and add:
  • 1.5 shots of your favorite tequila (Casamigos is mine!!)
  • Splash of Cointreau or triple sec
  • Approximately ½ cup (depending on your glass size) of your papaya mango juice

Stir well and then slowly pour your “float” of watermelon juice. Don’t freak out if it looks like the juices are mixing, just take your time and pour slowly.  Practice makes perfect. It is not the worst thing in the world if your margarita doesn’t come out layered.  I promise, it will still taste heavenly!!

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