Beverages

Orange Margarita

by Shawnda on October 3, 2012

in Beverages,Cinco de Mayo,Fruit,Margaritas,Mexican & TexMex

Orange Margarita

An orange margarita. A Mimosarita? Either way, it’s what happens when you run short on limes and your toddler’s last molar has sucked enough of your will to live to make running to the grocery store seem like being asked to hurdle the Grand Canyon. In a pencil skirt.

But we haven’t been overly dramatic around here lately or anything.

It’s the latest of a long line of flavored margaritas and it’s my duty to warn you, it just might be the smoothest and easiest to drink of all. You simply mix fresh-squeezed orange juice, a little homemade margarita mix, tequila, and orange liqueur.

And it will dull memories of the day’s traumatic hormonal toddler theatrics in half a glass and completely banish them at the bottom of glass #2. Guaranteed.

Orange Margarita

Fresh orange juice and limes makes the perfect mimosa substitute for tequila fans.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz homemade margarita mix
  • 6 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 6 oz silver tequila
  • 4 oz orange liqueur (we love Paula's Orange)
  • Sugar, for rimming glasses (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or carafe, stirring well.
  2. Run one of the juiced lime or orange halves around the outside edge of the glasses and then dip in sugar.
  3. Fill glasses with ice and pour the margarita over top.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

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Skinnier Margarita

It’s Friday! And we’re feeling even more celebratory than usual because this morning I got dressed and then immediately took my jeans off.

Without unbuttoning them.

Over the last few months, I’ve been “running,” which is code for “mostly walking between weeks-long hamstring problems” and keeping an eye on calories in vs calories out. Such a rude awakening the first time I punched my daily calories into my phone and saw just how terrible those weekend margaritas actually were. I mean I knew they weren’t great… but times 3? Ouch.

A single lime margarita was an empty calorie bomb with 300+ calories and nearly 40g of sugar. Per glass. And, um, let’s be honest here. I’m pretty sure that I’ve never stopped at just one margarita.

Ever.

Skinnier Margarita

Sure, they’re completely fresh and so much better tasting than any mix you’ll ever find but it is a lot of sugar for something that isn’t frosting. Or doesn’t have frosting on it.

And in it.

So we set out to make a skinny margarita by replacing the sugar in the homemade mix with liquid stevia* and the orange liqueur in the margarita with fresh orange juice. How does that stack up in numbers?

Original Margarita Skinnier Margarita
Calories 311 118.4
Sugar 36.9g 1.0g

But more importantly, how does it stack up in taste? The skinnier margarita is refreshing, citrusy, and really easy to drink. The orange flavor is brighter and sweetness can easily be adjusted with a couple extra drops of stevia per glass (and I find that it usually needs a couple extra drops but the standard serving amounts are listed below).

And even two of them won’t break your calorie bank or undo all the good you did in the gym earlier today. It’s also a paleo diet friendly if you, like me, have a margarita-loving paleo-following friend.

Skinny Margarita

Save the calories and sugar - this margarita is fresh, homemade, lower-carb, and much skinnier than the original. And bonus! It's Paleo-friendly!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 20 drops liquid stevia
  • 6 oz tequila
  • 2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • Ice
  • Salt for glass rim (optional)

Instructions

  1. To make a pitcher of margaritas, stir all ingredients together and taste for sweetness.
  2. Add additional stevia, if desired.
  3. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes

*Stevia, agave, and other not-real-sugar sweeteners are either the greatest thing on earth or they’ll kill you, just depends on what you’re reading. Use your preferred not-sugar-sweetener and tweak the recipe to your tastes.

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The Blue Margarita

by Shawnda on July 30, 2012

in Beverages,Margaritas

Blue Margarita

I was supposed to have a fantastical ice cream recipe to share today to wrap up the giveaway for National Ice Cream Month but I ended up washing it down the sink. I know it’s difficult to comprehend but it’s true.

There is a such thing as terrible ice cream.

And because I refused to bake my own birthday cake this year, I simply kept with the theme of the (painful) weekend and had a(nother) birthday margarita for “dessert” instead.

There are far worse things in life than bad ice cream and no cake.

Like being hungover at 30-something.

Blue Margarita

This is margarita recipe #427 (16) that you’ll find here on the blog and I think that it’s probably the prettiest.

It seemed fitting (predictable) that a margarita was how we closed the books on my 13th annual (sigh) 21st birthday. A pretty perfect day that included friends, family, and football. And the very last (thank God) of the tequila in the house.

I swapped our favorite orange liqueur (Paula’s) for curacao in our favorite classic lime margarita recipe. Curacao is a blue orange liqueur that lends the margarita its pretty “ocean water” aqua color and unique orange flavor.

No cake? No problem. Birthday wishes can be made over tequila, too.
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Fresh Peach Margaritas

A few weeks ago, the first Texas peaches hit our grocery store. And just in time. We were working out the logistics for a weekend trip to Fredericksburg to pick peaches. But there they were. 3.1 miles away.

For only 98 cents a pound.

There are times you pay for an experience and then there are times you take care of business with an inexpensive 15-minute run to store.

I chose the latter.

It seemed only fitting that our first peach purchase of the season went to a pitcher of margaritas. I used sweet peaches that were so ripe, they seem to bruise just by touching them. And that first bite sent juice running down onto my shirt.

We made a few versions of peach margaritas, some using blended with fresh fruit and another using a canned nectar. We also played around with the homemade margarita mix and liked a half lemon-half lime so the delicate peach flavors were enhanced with lemon and not totally overwhelmed with the lime. I have this hangup where I don’t like pulp in my drinks but we very much preferred the blended fresh peach margarita to the canned version. And I think you will, too :)
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