Mango Margaritas + a Foodie Girls' Getaway Weekend in Chicago!

I'm so excited to be joining the #DrinktheSummer blogosphere party today and sharing these gorgeous, super flavorful mango margaritas with you, inspired by my foodie girls' getaway trip to Chicago this summer! 

Drink the Summer was kindof my summer theme. 

More girl time. 

More cocktails. 

I even went to a cocktail making class, hosted by the lovely Jayme of Holly and Flora, with a girlfriend of mine. (girl time + cocktails!) And I had the privilege of spending an entire girls' getaway weekend with Lauren of Lauren Kelly Nutrition in Chicago... and it was seriously, the most fun. Eating at some of the city's best restaurants, drinking, massages, facials, shopping, walking all over town, and laughing soooooooooo much!

mango margarita close-up

We stayed at the fabulous dana hotel and spa. It was beyond gorgeous, super modern (dark wood floors, concrete ceilings, white crisp bedding, floor to ceiling windows, an upscale bathroom, etc... ), a super convenient location (just steps away from Michigan Ave.)... and everyone there was so helpful and kind. It was the perfect place to call "home" for the weekend.

dana hotel and spa

AND there's a full spa inside the hotel, just an elevator ride away. What girls' getaway weekend is complete without a massage and facial?! The whole experience was totally luxurious and relaxing. They add strawberries to their cucumber water, and I wanted to drink it by the gallon. Try this recipe at home!

dana hotel and spa with cucumber strawberry water

water photo by: get inspired everyday

We ventured out a few blocks for lunch to LUXBAR chicago. Gorgeous drinks, delectable eats, and the most beautiful outdoor patio on a quiet street. I highly recommend the Strawberry Fields cocktail made with Effen vodka, fragoli, giffard vanilla, and prosecco. 

luxbar chicago

As you probably know, I am completely obsessed with fish tacos (and tacos in general). Like these and these and these and these. I'm thinking my next cookbook should be all about tacos (anyone interested?!) Please?!

So, when I saw the fish tacos on the menu, I couldn't pass them up.

The best news: They were some of the best fish tacos I've ever eaten!! And they paired perfectly with LUXBAR's pineapple "I-THINK-I-CAN-BEAT-MIKE-TYSON" cocktail.

luxbar chicago fish tacos

No girls' getaway weekend to Chicago would be complete without an evening spent at the Vertigo rooftop bar on top of dana hotel and spa! Lauren and I totally loved the vibe -- and tried lots of different things while enjoying the gorgeous views, the beautiful weather, and the modern decor. 

  • My favorite: the mango margaritas with chile lime salted rims. (see recipe below!)
  • Lauren's favorite: the peach mojito.

vertigo sky lounge chicago

Awwwww, aren't we cute?! Can you tell we are having the BEST TIME together?! We're already planning our next weekend getaway! Where should we go? LA? NYC? Portland, Maine? Let us know in the comments below!

kelly and lauren at vertigo sky lounge chicago

We had dinner at the Green Zebra, a chic vegetarian restaurant a little outside the city center. We totally loved the concept of this restaurant, lots of small plates to share with your friends so you get a few bites of a lot of different things. Everything we tried was absolutely delicious, even things we might not have normally ordered, like the mushroom pate with raspberry sauce and the chilled cucumber and avocado soup with lemon sorbet (so refreshing and flavorful!!). The gnocchi with grilled corn and summer truffles was out of this world!

green zebra chicago

We had brunch at Seven Lions where they have an extraordinary build-your-own-bloody-mary bar, though Lauren and I opted for the mimosas. I had their signature chicken & waffles, with a savory twist --- green onion + cornmeal waffles topped with fabulously crispy chicken, delicate greens, and a fried egg on top. Oh my starzies was it good!!! Seeriously, one of my most favorite breakfasts... ever.

seven lions chicago brunch

So, now what a lot of you have beeen waiting for... mango margaritas!! Mine are a bit brighter orange than the inspiration drink from Vertigo. And that's because they use mango liqueur (in addition to the silver patron tequila). And I used actual mango nectar/juice instead of the extra liqueur. 

My husband was taken aback by the "spicy" rim, but by the end, his glass was clean because it pairs so well with the sweetness of the mango margarita!

mango margaritas with patron tequila

And because one cocktail (or six) is not enough, here's the entire #DrinktheSummer list!!

With Food + Love | Basil Fig Vodka Smash
A Little Saffron | Beach Bum's Rum
A Thought For Food | Tarragon Tequlia Swizzle
Heart of a Baker | Green Tea Mint Cooler
Hungry Girl por Vida | Whisky Peach Alexander
Beard and Bonnet | Melon Mojito
Appeasing a Food Geek | Basil and Black Pepper Gin Sour
Vegetarian Ventures | Garden Tonic Punch
The Foodie Nurse | Husk Cherry Margarita
Wicked Spatula | Coconut Gin and Tonic
Nutritionist in the Kitch | Healthy Muddled Blackberry Pina Coladas
Chocolate + Marrow | Pequito Verdecito
The Solstice Table | Jalapeno Watermelon Cooler
Seasonal Cravings | Strawberry Lime Gin Rickey
Dessert for Two | Salty Melon Slush
Heartbeet Kitchen | Salty Watermelon Shrub Elixir
My Heart Beets | Spiced Pistachio Shake
rooting the sun | Strawberry Fennel Soda
The Modern Proper | Vanilla Plum Shrub
Gourmande in the Kitchen | Stone Fruit Thyme Shrub Soda
I am a Food Blog | Cherry Vanilla Sodas
Well and Full | Peach Bubble Tea

Thank you to Isabelli Media Relations for coordinating our stay and meals throughout Chicago.

Mango Margaritas

Mango Margaritas


Mango Margaritas with a Chile Lime Salted Rim


1 tablespoon chile lime salt seasoning (I used the one from Trader Joe's)
  juice from 1/2 a lime
2 ounces Patron Silver Tequila
2 ounces Mango Nectar/Juice
1⁄2 ounce Water (1 tbsp)
1 cup Ice Cubes


  1. Salt your cup's rim by rubbing a piece of lime on the rim, then dipping it in the chile lime salt. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice, mango nectar, and ice. Shake for approximately 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add fresh ice to your salted rim glass. Then, strain the mixed drink and pour it over the fresh ice.
  4. Enjoy!

Yields 1 Servings