A margarita is a potent elixir. A cocktail that consists of tequila, triple sec, sugar and lime or lemon juices served in a glass with a rim of salt. One of the most astonishing facts about traditional margaritas is that they are loaded with sugar. This makes drinking this favorite of many difficult when sugar levels need to be monitored.
Tequila alone has a high content of sugar. Then we go and add more, usually powdered or confectioner’s sugar. This puts the drink over the limits as far as sweetness is concerned. Now what if we could cut that in half, would you be tempted to try one on a very special occasion?
- 2 shots of tequila
- 2 teaspoon of orange extract
- 2 tablespoon of agave nectar
- 1 shot of fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 shot of water
- Ice cubes
- Salt (optional)
- Add ice to a drink shaker.
- Pour in all the ingredients except the salt.
- Cover the shaker and shake it up well.
- Rub a lime over the rim of the glass.
- Coat with coarse salt (Kosher) poured onto a shallow plate.
- Pour the liquid into the glass without disturbing the salt and serve.
- Make a toast and sip the night away.
- Lime juice from a bottle can be used but fresh squeezed will taste better.
- Choosing limes is easy. Persian limes have a sweeter taste whereas Mexican Key limes are tarter in flavor.
- If you decide to use lemons instead of limes the Meyer lemon has a softer taste that is neither too sweet nor bitter.
- Add a splash of orange juice to bring out a more fruity taste to the drink and add a slight tinge of color.
- Drink responsibly and always have a designated driver present if you drink away from home.
The majority of the ingredients needed for this recipe can be found in Winona at the SuperValu. The remainder is available at the Winona Package Store located at 645 Middleton Road. Products containing alcohol will only be sold to residents 21 or older. It is the law!
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