Being healthy doesn't mean being perfect. It means being a conscious human.
So if you're planning on cocktailing this holiday weekend, don't feel guilty, embrace celebration! And if you can make boozing slightly healthier, even better.
Created for Cinco De Mayo, but perfect for Memorial Day weekend (and all summer long), I'd like to introduce you to... VITA-MARGS!
Vita-Margs = Margarita's made in a Vitamix (but of course, any high powered blender you have will be just fine).
This recipe is a bit of a twist on the traditional margarita... and I'd like to think more fun, and certainly more healthy!
Oh, If you aren't into alcohol, this recipe makes a for a pretty mean mock-tail, too.
So here's how to make the super-simple VITA-MARGS w/ Orange, Honey + Lime...
What you need:
Vitamix (WTF is a Vitamix?)
Tequila (use the good stuff)
3 different varieties of Orange, peeled (I used 1 Naval, 1 Mandarin & 1 Clara Clara*)
1 lime, juiced
.5 -1C water (try a little at a time, you just want enough to smooth out the juice)
1T honey (make sure the ingredients show it's actually honey, not just sugar)
What to do:
*I was inspired at the grocery store to get 3 different kinds, but that's not necessary if you don't have access. Other orange/citrus that would work are Clementines, Blood Oranges, even Grapefruit. Mix and match as you like.
Add into the Vitamix: Peeled oranges, ice, water, honey, lime juice (juicing the lime by hand is perfectly acceptable).
I don't like to mix the tequila in right away and like to mix individual drinks because 1) some people like them weaker, some stronger, and some virgin, and 2) if you have any leftover mix, it's a great drink to sip on at breakfast or throughout the next day. So...
Take your mixer from the Vitamix and add it to a pitcher off to the side.
Find a glass, add the amount of tequila you like (I never measure, but the standard amount of alcohol per mixed drink is 1.5oz) & fill the rest with your mixer.
Then pour that individual drink (or however many you're making) all back into the empty Vitamix and blend for a few seconds.
Fill your empty glass with ice, pour over your cocktail from the Vitamix, add a slice of lime & enjoy!
1 batch serves about 4, 12oz cocktails
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