Strawberry-Mango Margarita Compote

With a lovely mango ripening on the counter and about half a clamshell of ripe local strawberries in my fridge, I used the internet to look for interesting ideas of ways to use them up. The result of my search was this compote, which combines the best elements of one of my favourite Tex-Mex themed drinks, the orange liqueur margarita, with the healthy and energizing characteristics of fresh fruits.

Compote served over drained plain yogurt

Strawberry-Mango Margarita Compote – serves 4

2 cup strawberries
2 cup mangoes
2 tbsp vanilla bean sugar
1 tsp lime zest
2 tbsp lime juice
1 1/2 tbsp tequila
1 1/2 tbsp orange liqueur (ie. triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier)

Place strawberries, mango, sugar, lime zest, lime juice, tequila and orange liqueur in a large bowl. Toss gently to combine.

Let stand for 20 minutes for the flavors to meld.

If desired, serve in margarita glasses: rub the rims with additional lime juice and dip in sugar, then spoon in compote.

You can eat this compote on its own or use it to top cake or plain vanilla or fruit flavoured ice cream.

I happened to have some plain 2% yogurt in the fridge but I was afraid the compote would water down the yogurt too much so I drained it overnight. The resulting yogurt is thick and creamy … like the richest and most decadent whipped cream.

Yogurt, before (left) and after (right) being drained overnight in the fridge

Stirred yogurt ready to be topped with fruit compote

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6 thoughts on “Strawberry-Mango Margarita Compote

  1. Today I have seen a strawberry and mango dessert at a blog and thought I should test these fruits together because I really have no idea how they go together, and now your margarita salad tempts me with the same combination… I like the use of two alcohols. I usually add only rum to my fruits…

    1. The mango was very ripe and sweet and the strawberries were a bit tart so the 2 fruits complemented each other well. Rum would be good too … the 2 alcohols and the grated lemon zest and juice are ingredients in a margarita which is another reason I like the dish.

    1. You can use a clean woven tea towel to strain it or a very fine mesh strainer. I like the coffee filters cause I had bought a whole package (got to the dollar store) just before I dropped and broke the glass pot from my coffee maker. Now it’s back to instant coffee since I can’t find a replacement glass pot that’s the right size (one size fits all is a joke) at Walmart and don’t want to buy an entire new coffee machine. 🙂

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