Los Cabos style Sparkling Mango Cocktail

This refreshing sparkling mango cocktail inspired by the landscapes and flavours of Los Cabos Mexico offers a golden-hued mix of sweet ripe fruit and tart lemonade. It’s best with tequila, mescal or the brilliant yellow Damiana liqueur that’s popular throughout Baja California. But you can also use vodka. Or, skip the alcohol and enjoy it like a summertime smoothie.

The arch of Cabos San Lucas

The arch of Cabo San Lucas glows golden in the morning

I was inspired to make this cocktail following a weekend at the new Paradisus Los Cabos in Baja California where I was surrounded by colours quite different than the blue and green hues of the Caribbean Coast. Paradisus Los Cabos, a luxury all-inclusive resort owned by Melia Hotels, just reopened after a $35 million renovation and is now the fourth Paradisus in Mexico. The soaring architecture of the resort is spectacular and offers dramatic views of sky and sea throughout the property.

For a stress-free vacation, get travel tips and learn more about Los Cabos airport transportation

Main swimming pool at Paradisus Los Cabos Mexico

Morning at the main swimming pool at Paradisus Los Cabos Mexico

For food fans there’s the added attraction that Paradisus Los Cabos is home to a fantastic new dining experience Gastro Bar by Martin Berasategui, the acclaimed Basque chef. Watch for my in-depth interview and recipes from this unforgettable culinary experience. In the meantime, if you have a chance to eat at only one place in Los Cabos, make it Gastro Bar by Martin Berasategui. You’ll be talking about it for the rest of the year.

In Los Cabos, my days were an ever-evolving palette of warm tones– from the straw of the desert landscape, the burnished gold of rocks such as Lovers Arch in Cabo San Lucas and the deep orange of the historic Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico.

Beautiful and historic Hotel California Todos Santos Mexico

Beautiful and historic Hotel California Todos Santos Mexico

While a classic lime margarita might be the perfect beach cocktail when you’re at a beach resort on Mexico’s Pacific or Caribbean coasts where you’re wrapped in hues of blue and green, here in Baja California,  a golden hued cocktail seemed the perfect drink of choice.

Mango cocktail at Hotel California Baja California

Mango cocktail at Hotel California Baja California

When making a sparkling mango cocktail, you can rim the glass with a mix of chile salt and garnish the cocktail with a wedge of fresh lime like they do at Hotel California or just top it with a simple fruit garnish.

Sparkling Mango Cocktail
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
A sparkling mango cocktail ideal for summer on the patio
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2
Author: Michele Peterson
  • 6 cups chopped peeled, fresh mango
  • One 6 ounce can frozen white lemonade
  • 4 ounces vodka or tequila or mezcal
  • 3/4 cup ice cubes
  • fruit for garnish your choice of lime, orange, mango
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender
  2. Blend at low and then high speed for 60 seconds until ice is pulverized into tiny pieces
  3. Garnish with mango pieces

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For more delicious mango recipes, check out these tropical posts:

Easy Mango and Black Bean Salsa 

Mango Smoothie Pie 


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Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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  • Doreen Pendgracs

    I would love to return to Los Cabos. I was only there for a day once and loved it! Superb snorkelling experience will always stay engrained in my mind. A sparking mango cocktail would be nice, too! 🙂

  • Carole Terwilliger Meyers

    This mango cocktail looks easy, schmeasy to make. I might give it a whirl!

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