Whoever named today National Margarita Day should be given an award…in the form of a margarita. By far the most superior of all holidays, people will be celebrating across the land.
If you couldn’t tell by now, I love myself a good margarita. Margaritas are: 1) delicious, 2) reminiscent of hot sunny days and/or amazing vacations in Mexico, and 3) usually accompanied by chips and salsa. So to recap, they’re pretty much the best drink ever.
And they’re healthy…ish. Okay, that’s a lie, sorry. But tequila is one of the healthier alcohols around (just check out some of the health benefits, and there are actually a ton of ways to make a margarita that make it better for you than a lot of the other (and by other I mean lesser) cocktails out there.
So there are really only a few “rules” for making a good margarita. Shall we begin? A good organic tequila is a good place to start. I like 123 Tequila (just be careful, that website of theirs is aggressive on the sound) as an organic option that is also fairly easy to find and not as expensive as a lot of other organic tequilas. Next, please, please, please, for the love of God, do not use pre-made margarita mix. Margaritas don’t have a ton of ingredients and taste 1000% better when you use fresh instead of pre-made. And margarita mixes tend to be loaded with sugar and calories. Boo to that.
Moving on, the below is my go-to basic margarita recipe. I like that is has very few ingredients and it’s ridiculously easy to make (although it does taste much better when my husband makes it for me):
- 2 oz. tequila
- 1 1/2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz. agave nectar
- Splash of orange juice
Combine ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake and pour in a salt rimmed glass. For a little kick, I like to add a little bit of chili powder to the salt (but that is 100% optional). Done. Finished. Easy as that. Drink up.
If that isn’t clean-eating enough for you, you can also make a paleo option and make the Nor-Cal Margarita from Civilized Caveman Cooking. And, if you’re yawning right now because you like your margaritas a little more interesting, here are a few with an added twist. And by twist, I clearly mean kick. And by kick, I mean spice. Okay, you get the point. Without further ado, I introduce you to the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita from Fit Foodie Finds and the Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita from the Blond Cook. Enjoy.