Cinco de Mayo is coming soon.While the food is really great, there really isn’t a celebration without some drinks! In this blog we show you healthier versions of staple mexican drink favourites, all made with fresh and better-for-you ingredients. We hope you can choose one of these drinks to join in on your fiesta!
Margaritas are one of the drinks that first comes to mind when thinking about Cinco de Mayo. This recipe will show you that having a healthier Margarita is easy and more delicious than the ready-made ones.
Ingredients (2 drinks):
6 tablespoons silver tequila
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons light agave nectar
Ice as desired
Kosher salt (optional)
For rim: Add a thin layer of salt onto a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around your glass, then dip the glass into the salt so that it sticks.
Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice and agave. Tightly close and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds. Serve in the glass over the ice. Enjoy immediately.
2. Hibiscus Margarita
Hibiscus or Jamaica flowers have been infused in Mexican cuisine forever. You can have peace of mind because the flowers are packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C and are excellent for your liver and digestive systems.
Ingredients (2 servings):
8 tablespoons white tequila
1 cup of Hibiscus Syrup
2 small limes
Ice Cubes, as desired
Hibiscus Simple Syrup:
2 cups of dried Hibiscus flowers or 2 bags of Hibiscus tea
3 cups water for dried flowers/ 2 cups water for tea
¾ cups Stevia sugar
Fill a glass with ice as desired, add the tequila and hibiscus syrup. Fill with sparkling water. Stir carefully. Squeeze the juice from the lime. Garnish with a fresh wedge of lime (optional).
Hibiscus Syrup Directions:
From Hibiscus flowers: Combine blossoms, water, and sugar in a saucepan and simmer over low heat, stirring often until the sugar is dissolved.Discard the blossoms and continue to cook for 30 minutes until reduced.Chill.
From Hibiscus tea: Boil water with tea bags for a couple minutes and let it simmer for 3 more minutes. Remove the tea bags. Combine tea infusion and sugar in a saucepan and simmer over low heat, stirring often until sugar is dissolved. Continue to cook until reduced. Chill.
3. Chili & Lime Mango Margarita
This Mango Margarita brings the perfect tropical flavours to your home. The Chili Lime rim gives it a little sour but oh-so-addictive taste. You won’t stop making these after trying them!
Ingredients (2 servings):
1 large mango, peeled and diced
⅓ cup orange juice
¼ cup white tequila
2 tbsp orange liqueur
1 tbsp agave nectar (depending on mango’s sweetness)
Ice, as desired
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
½ lime for rimming
Add all margarita ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness or strength of alcohol as desired.
Mix the chilli powder and salt in a small plate. Slice a lime and rub on the rim of a glass. Dip the glass upside down in the chili and salt mixture. Add the margarita mix. Serve cold.
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