healthy margarita recipe

I know, I know. Healthy margarita? Fine. How about this. If you insist on having a drink and are looking to consume as little calories, sugar and junk as possible, go with this Lime-a-Rita Margarita. Don't worry, I am not ripping off Skinnygirl Margarita. Her freshly made recipe is delicious and the bottled stuff is fine in a pinch. This recipe has less sugar and falls somewhere between frozen and on the rocks. Get ready to be transported to your own personal, tropical paradise. Do you hear the guitars, ukuleles and bongo drums playing? Feel the warm, salty breeze and sunshine on your face? Good, I do too.

Everyone has a story when it comes to margaritas. I have several. This recipe was inspired by Dave's family's recipe which is known to knock you off your feet in the best way possible. It is also reminiscent of the margaritas my girlfriends and I would often enjoy when we all lived in Hoboken, which we lovingly called Giggleritas. Clearly, they made us smile, giggle and enjoy our night. And a favorite movie scene that my mom and I watch over and over is the midnight margarita scene in Practical Magic where they dance around to the Lime in the Coconut song. Memories... I will warn you though. One Lime-a-Rita will make you smile and dance in your personal paradise. Two Lime-a-Ritas will make you trip and fall over your beach chair. Three Lime-a-Ritas will make you pass out on that beach chair.  #drinkresponsibly

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Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes


Fresh From the Market:

  • 3 Limes

Fresh From the Liquor Store:

  • 4 oz. Silver Tequila

From the Pantry:

  • 1 tsp. Coconut Nectar

From the Spice Rack:

  • Coarse Sea Salt (to rim your glass)

From the Freezer:

  • 3 c. Ice

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Blender
  • Citrus Press

Blending Instructions:

  • Toss the ice and tequila in the blender.
  • Cut each lime and juice both halves to squeeze fresh lime juice in the blender.
  • Add the coconut nectar. I prefer a very limey marg (hence the name, Lime-a-Rita) so you may decide to add more coconut nectar.
  • Play the lime in the coconut song and hit blend! Blend until the ice is a little coarse to give it a little crunch.
  • Rim each glass with salt (though I prefer no salt) and pour your margs!

This recipe is meant to make 2 margaritas so double or triple it if you are entertaining. It is customary to keep a bag of limes in our fridge, just in case the mood strikes. We also prefer a blue agave silver tequila. That's just my two cents!

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Yum. I hope you enjoyed your margarita! Dave and I like to have Steak and Margarita Sunday, especially in the summer. It helps round out the weekend and takes you to that special, personal paradise. Somewhere over the rainbow...



Jessica Flatley

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