Perhaps one of my favorite drinks is a good margarita. And when you’re at the beach, it just seems fitting to have one or two. (or more?!) On a recent vacation down near 30A-land in Florida, I was on a mission to make a good margarita that wasn’t full of preservatives and sugar.
Is it possible?
A HEALTHY margarita?
Let me tell you, the research for this recipe was arduous. But that’s the kind of person I am. Willing to do whatever it takes for the sake of our health.
Ok, honestly, I’m a light-weight so thankfully I zeroed in on a winner without too much trial and error. This could have gone terribly wrong! But it went very well; in fact the folks I was at the beach with all agreed it was really darn tasty.
The only regret is that I didn’t take any photos of said beverage while at the beach. So my photos from home will have to do.
My margarita recipe is so simple, it tastes great, and it’s actually good for you (as long as you don’t have too much.) 🙂 Loaded with vitamin C and sweetened with a natural sweetener, it hits the spot.
Speaking of being good for you (or not good for you), here are the ingredients for 2 different pre-made margarita mixes.
“Water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, cellulose gum, SAIB (what is that?), polysorbate 60, and FD&C yellow #5.
Sugars – 24 grams (that’s in one serving! that’s like 6 teaspoons of sugar!)”
Too many ingredients and I don’t know what many of them are. Do you think getting a mix that has no grams of sugar is any better for you? Here’s another mix.
“Water, citric acid, natural flavors, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, gum arabic, sucralose, cellulose gum, medium chain triglycerides, SAIB (again, what is this?), acesulfamepotassium, caramel, and FD&C yellow #5.”
Note this bottle says “Contains 0% Juice.”
Again, what is half of that stuff and do I really want to drink that?
I fully believe that it’s possible to eat and drink healthfully while still enjoying the things that you really love. It takes a little more effort (juicing an orange and limes) than opening a bottle of margarita mix, but I actually enjoy the process of making things like this.
This recipe makes one generous margarita. Just double or triple it to quench the thirst of a few friends.
- salt for rim (optional)
- 1 fresh orange
- 2 fresh limes (keep one wedge for garnish)
- ~1/4 cup tequila (less or more depending on your taste)
- 1/2 packet stevia
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
Salt rim of margarita glass (run lime wedge around top of glass then dip in salt). Set aside.
Juice orange and limes into cocktail shaker. I use a citrus reamer. Get out any seeds that may have fallen in – strain or use a spoon. (If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, just pour all ingredients in a tall glass and stir.) Pour in tequila, 1/2 packet of stevia, and ice. Shake and pour into prepared margarita glass. Garnish with lime, sit back, and enjoy the video below.
We think Jimmy Buffet would approve.
Caitlin Russell MS RD LD