RECIPE: Make El Ponce’s Chamangorita

El Ponce’s Chamangorita / 
Courtesy of Laura Stone
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El Ponce’s Chamangorita / Courtesy of Laura Stone

Credit: Laura Stone

Credit: Laura Stone

The Chamangorita cocktail from El Ponce in Poncey-Highland has a name that is fun to say and is even more fun to drink. It’s a wonderful combination of fruit and spice. How do they make it? Emily Sharp, Decatur

El Ponce owners Jarina Naone and Rosa Thurnher have a fun variety of cocktails on the menu, including this one, whose name reflects its margarita roots, frozen mango base, and chamoy.

Chamoy is a sauce that adds fruity flavors plus spice, sour and salt to the drink. The restaurant makes its own chamoy with dried cranberries, hibiscus, apricot, chile-lime Tajín seasoning, chile de arbol, chile mulato, lime juice, sugar and salt. You can purchase small jars of chamoy at El Ponce or can find it at grocers that carry a range of Mexican ingredients.

At the restaurant, this cocktail is likely to come garnished with a tamarind straw, which is a straw coated with a layer of spicy tamarind candy. As you sip the drink, the candy dissolves into the cocktail, adding another layer of flavor. At home, you can garnish the drink with a lime wedge or a slice of dried mango or dried orange, as shown in this photo.

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El Ponce’s Chamangorita
  • 4 - 8 tablespoons chamoy, or to taste, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Tajín Clásico Seasoning
  • 1 cup frozen mango cubes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 ounces gold tequila
  • 1 ounce agave syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
  • Lime wedge, slice of dried mango or dried orange, or tamarind straw, for garnish (optional)
  • Pour 1 tablespoon chamoy into a saucer. Pour Tajín into a second saucer.
  • Roll the rim of a highball or Tom Collins glass in the chamoy, then roll it in the Tajín. Add up to 7 tablespoons of chamoy to the bottom of the glass. Swirl it up the sides of the glass, if desired. Set glass aside.
  • In the jar of a blender, combine mango cubes, water, tequila, agave and lime juice. Process until smooth. Pour into prepared glass. Garnish as desired and serve. Serves 1.

Nutritional information

Per serving: Per serving: 369 calories (percent of calories from fat, 3), 3 grams protein, 58 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams fiber, 1 gram total fat (trace saturated fat), no cholesterol, 650 milligrams sodium.

From the menu of ... El Ponce, 939 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta; 404-881-6040, elponce.com.

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