Skinny blood orange margarita with no sweet and sour syrup or refined sugars. Virgin and real margarita recipes perfect for Margarita Day.
I have two pieces of good news for your Monday. First, it’s National Margarita Day! Did you know that’s a thing? I didn’t until just now, so I had to whip you up my favorite margarita recipe to celebrate. Second, it turns out tequila actually has some health benefits. The caveat is that as always, moderation is key, and you don’t want to mess it all up by pouring simple syrup all over your tequila. What are the health benefits of tequila? Well, many! According to this Forbes article
, tequila may aid weight loss, digestion, fight osteoporosis, lower risk of dementia, and more. And, it’s a probiotic! Move over, kombucha! (kidding). I won’t go so far as to call this a healthy recipe, but it’s nice to know it’s not too bad, either, if you keep it to just one.
One of my favorite recipes my mama makes me when we go over for dinner is a fresh blood orange margarita. And luckily for us, National Margarita Day happens to fall during peak blood orange season. Most restaurant margaritas are loaded with refined sugar and empty calories. Not this one, though! For a virgin margarita, simply use sparking water in place of the alcohol. It’s a tasty citrus spritzer that way.
Start with a few blood oranges and limes. You should be able to find them at most grocery stores this time of year, but if not, just use tangerines. Kumquats are great thrown in there too. I like to add some mint for a little herbal flavor and pretty green color.
The color is just the most vibrant lovely color. You can’t help but to be happy with this in hand. So call your friends over and cheers to blood orange margaritas!
Skinny Blood Orange Margarita
Skinny blood orange margarita without any sweet and sour syrup.
- 1-2 blood oranges
- 1 lime
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 oz. orange liqueur (I use Patrón Citrónge)
- 5 mint leaves
- sparkling water
- liquid stevia, agave syrup, or honey, to taste
- Squeeze oranges and lime into a glass. Stir in tequila, liqueur and mint. Muddle mint a little to release some of the flavor. Fill the glass with ice and top with sparkling water. Add more to water down the drink and less for a stronger cocktail. Sweeten to taste with a few drops of stevia, agave or honey.
Yield: Serves 1
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.
Tags: cocktails, margarita, blood orange
Virgin Option: Omit all alcohol and add more sparkling water.