First Do No Harm

Healthy Margarita

Ingredients (as always, as organic as possible)

Lime Juice Mixture:

4 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
16 oz Filtered Water
If You Want Sweetened Lime Juice:
Better Stevia or Erythritol (amounts below)

The Drink:

4 oz Lime Juice (made above)
1.5 oz Tequilla

1 oz Triple Sec
or
(to cut calories and sugar)
Teaspoon Orange Extract

Fruit:

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, 1-2 oz tart cherry juice, dehydrated pomegranate powder (two tablespoons).

For the most anti-inflammatory Margarita possible, use the 1-2oz Tart Cherry Juice.

Ice, blended if you like.

 

Note: The amount of stevia or erythritol you use depends on taste; some people don't like a sweet Margarita while some do. So use little or none of either stevia or erythritol if that is the way you like your Margarita. Keep this in mind: if you are making a Tart Cherry Margarita, the entire drink will be VERY tart if you do not sweeten the lime juice. Though you should take note that the Tart Cherry version of this drink went over best with most who've tried it.

Making the lime juice:

Squeeze the limes and add to the 16 oz of water.

4-5 of scoops of the stevia is usually enough for most. The problem with testing is that right after adding the stevia and stirring it in, the concoction will taste a bit too sweet. For some reason, you have to wait a bit before testing.

My Version: I always try to use less than I think, so I went with 4 scoops stevia and ONE rounded tablespoon of erythritol. There was NO stevia aftertaste. And when the Tart Cherry Juice was added, this one got rave reviews.

If you want to use erythritol, start with a quarter cup (4 tablespoons). If you've powdered your erythritol in a blender, it will dissolve quicker. Taste and add more if you want. Two more tablespoons is usually enough for most people, unless you like it sweeter.

As far as the fruit goes, they're all good, but I've been using 2 oz of tart cherry juice (you can find it at Swanson's in two forms: the first and the second) and the pomegranate powder (found here: Simply the Best). If you use the pomegranate powder, add 2 oz of water to 2 to 3 tablespoons of powder.

This makes one large margarita, or if you blend with crushed ice, you can get two medium sized Margaritas.

Non Alcoholic Version: A reader wrote to us asking what we'd add if we wanted a non alcoholic version. Well, we tried and suggested this: Coconut Water. Two and a half ounces of coconut water.

Note on the Fruit: any of the fruits are nice. The first three listed are charged with antioxidants and resveratrol. The tart cherry juice is a potent anti-inflammatory. And the pomegranate is just darn good for your heart. Actually, the only thing terrible in a regular margarita is the high fructose corn syrup found in most mixes.

One Note on Erythritol: it does not blend easily, so when you get it home, the first thing you should do is put it into a blender and grind it into a powder. But in this drink, a good trip through the blender should dissolve it.

 

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