I’m gonna be honest, I’m a big fan of Mexican food, and I LOVE margaritas! Unfortunately, this summertime staple is full of sugar. There are 24 grams of sugar in just 4 ounces of Jose Cuervo Premium Margarita Mix! Just a single serving of margarita mix is likely to run you nearly 200 calories of empty sugar, and that’s BEFORE you add the liquor! As if that wasn’t enough, many margarita mixes are also full of chemicals such as yellow dye and high-fructose corn syrup.
Shea and I went to the lake with friends this past weekend and he made some all-natural margaritas, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share this delicious and refreshing recipe with you!
To give you some perspective, here are the ingredients in a bottle of Jose Cuervo Premium Margarita Mix: Water, Corn Syrup, Sugar Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate (to preserve flavor), Cellulose Gum, Polysorbate 60, Gum Arabic, Glycerol Abietate and FD&C Yellow Dye #5.
That doesn’t include the alcohol.
And here are the ingredients in the all-natural margaritas: Tequila, Triple Sec, Fresh Fruit, Stevia. The salt and the Hawaiian shirt are optional!
So it contains about 1/4 of the ingredients of the regular margarita, and the fresh fruit is so much tastier than all that artificial junk!
As I explained in my last recipe post on lettuce wraps, I like recipes that are hard to mess up, so you won’t see me posting recipes that require exact amounts of the ingredients. But here’s a basic idea of how to prepare these delicious drinks…feel free to make it your own!
Combine equal parts tequila and triple sec, fresh lime (juice and pulp) and any other fresh fruits you want. We’ve used strawberries, pineapple and oranges, but feel free to get as creative as you want with the combinations. Next add powdered Stevia to taste (Great sugar alternative!). If you like your ritas frozen like yours truly, throw everything in the blender with some ice.
So there you have it friends. A marg with all the flavor and none of the chemicals. Maybe all the vitamins and antioxidants in the fresh fruit will cancel out any damage done by the liquor! We can hope, right?
Let me know if you try this recipe and if you come up with another great fruit combination. I’m thinking adding in some raspberries and peaches would be money.
I know it’s only Monday, but now you have something to look forward to this weekend. Or if you want to make them tonight, I won’t judge!