New drinkers don’t know just how easy they have it. Even just a few years back, you had to hike up one hill in the snow to get your sparking margarita beverage and then hike up another even steeper hill after that to get your fresh mango.
Once you finally gathered your ingredients, you still needed to cut and peel the mango, blend it with your sparkling margarita beverage in just the right proportions, and find time to keep your full-time job with all this hiking and bartending.
Today we live in the age of self-driving cars, video phones, solar panels, and most importantly, pre-mixed sparkling margarita beverages. It’s the future our parents worked so hard for.
It’s time to put away the snowshoes, pick up a Mang-o-Rita, and sit back and enjoy.
A Brief History of Mangorita
Over the last few years, the Margarita became one of the most, if not the most, popular cocktails in the world. This popularity came at the expense of some other alcoholic beverages, which made beer companies take notice.
How could they keep their market share while capitalizing on the popularity of the agave, lime, salty-sweet cocktail known as the margarita? This is the question that Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer brewer in the world, was struggling with in the early 2000s.
The delicious answer that Anheuser-Busch InBev came up with in 2012 was the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita. This beverage that is not quite beer and not quite a margarita was a hit right away.
This success caused Anheuser-Busch to experiment with more flavors by adding the Straw-Ber-Rita in 2013 and then the Raz-Ber-Rita and Mang-o-Rita in 2014.
So if the Mang-o-Rita isn’t technically a beer and isn’t a cocktail, then what exactly is it? The Mang-o-Rita is considered a mango margarita-flavored malt beverage.
When you think of malt beverages, your first thought might be of someone drinking a 40-ounce bottle of Olde English and you wouldn’t be wrong. However, alcoholic malt beverages have a much bigger reach than the large format high alcohol beverages of the past.
Beer can be made in a few different ways, but a malt beverage or malt liquor is made in a specific way utilizing bottom fermentation. This process produces a more potent beverage, usually around six to nine percent alcohol, as compared to a typical beer which comes in at five percent alcohol or less.
The Mang-o-Rita is eight percent alcohol by volume. Depending on where you grew up the mango could be mysterious. It’s a tropical fruit that’s a little harder to get into as compared to other fruit.
It has thick skin, a large pit, and if you don’t deal with it suitably, you could end up with an extremely bitter taste. The good news is that if dealt with properly, you end up with a sweet, subtle, unique flavor that enhances any food or beverage.
The Lime-A-Rita line, including the Mang-o-Rita, continues to be owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Bud Light name was dropped in 2019 and now the line goes by the name of “Ritas.”
Mangorita Prices, Variations & Sizes
The Mang-o-Rita is widely available and offered in a few different containers and sizes. For a backyard party, there are 12 packs, 24 packs, and even a variety pack available.
If you’re having a more intimate affair or enjoying it on your own, there are four packs and even single cans available. If you’re searching for the Mang-o-Rita on your favorite beverage site, make sure to try the different variations if you come up empty.
Some suggestions: Bud Light Lime Mang-o-Rita, Ritas Mang-o-Rita, Bud Light Mangorita.
|12 pack of 8 ounce cans
|4 pack of 16 ounce cans
|24 pack of 12 ounce bottles
|Individual 25 ounce can
|Ritas Margs Sparkling Margaritas Variety Pack
|3 Lime-A-Rita (12 ounce)
3 Guav-A-Rita (12 ounce)
3 Mang-o-Rita (12 ounce)
3 Straw-Ber-Rita (12 ounce)
Mangorita Alternatives and Comparisons
The Bud Light Ritas Mang-o-Rita does the heavy lifting for you by giving you a can or bottle of sparkling margarita with mango added, but if you find yourself without a Mang-o-Rita within reach, you still have options.
You could try another from the growing line of other Bud Light Ritas Sparkling Margaritas which includes: Lime-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita, Water-Melon-Rita, Cherry-Lime-Rita, Grape-Ahh-Rita, and Peach-A-Rita.
It’s possible the list will just keep growing. You could try another popular sparkling beverage such as a Jose Cuervo Sparkling Margarita or a Topo Chico Hard Seltzer Lemon Lime.
Currently, neither of these are available in a mango flavor, but they might satisfy your margarita craving in an emergency situation. If you just need that mango in your life, you may just want to go old school and make a mango margarita to tide you over until you can get your hands on a Mang-o-Rita.
- 1 Cup of Mango Juice
- 3 Ounces of Tequila
- 1 Ounce of Triple Sec
- 1 Lime – juiced
- Combine the mango juice, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and serve over ice.
How to Drink A Mangorita
A Mang-o-Rita is going to be delicious regardless of how you decide to consume it. If you’re trying to get the closest to drinking an actual mango margarita, pour your Mang-o-Rita over ice in a traditional margarita glass.
To take it to another level, you can even coat the rim of your glass with salt. If you’re looking to enjoy with less preparation, grab one out of your cooler or refrigerator when socializing with friends and drink it straight out of the can or bottle.
For best results store your Mang-o-Rita cold.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Mangorita a beer?
A Mang-o-Rita is a flavored malt beverage. A malt-flavored beverage shares a lot of qualities with beer, but the Mang-o-Rita is different in a few ways. Namely, in how it is fermented, the large amount of fruit added, and the high alcohol content.
2. How many calories are there in a Mang-o-Rita?
Mang-o-Rita contains 292 calories per 12 ounces.
3. How many carbohydrates are there in a Mang-o-Rita?
Mang-o-Rita contains 34.2 carbs per 12 ounces.
4. Is 8% alcohol a lot?
A common macro beer is five percent alcohol or lower. The average alcohol percentage for wine is 12 percent. Tequila, which is the base alcohol in a margarita, is typically 40 percent alcohol.
Since a Mang-o-Rita, eight percent alcohol, is consumed more like a beer then yes it is on the stronger side.
5. Is Mang-o-Rita gluten free?
Unfortunately, Bud Light Ritas Mang-o-Rita contains gluten. Mang-o-Rita is a malt beverage and malt contains gluten which would make it a no-go if you have celiac disease or follow a gluten free diet.
6. Is Bud Light Seltzer Mango the same as a Mang-o-Rita?
Nope. They are both mango alcoholic beverages produced by Anheuser-Busch InBev, but they are not the same. Bud Light Seltzer is a hard seltzer and not a malt beverage.
As a result, they have less alcohol (5 percent alcohol by volume) and they are gluten free.
Interesting Facts & Myths
The mango has been around for thousands of years and has its origins in India. Even though the mango is increasingly more available across the globe it is still mostly produced in India and Southeast Asia.
The mango is the national fruit of India and the national tree of Bangladesh. It’s wild to think that when you’re popping open a Bud Light Ritas Mang-o-Rita that you’re having a version of a Mexican invented drink combined with an exotic ancient fruit from India.