November 25, 2014

The Mindful Margarita. {Cocktail Recipe}

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“O tequila, savage water of sorcery, what confusion and mischief your sly, rebellious drops do generate!” ~ Tom Robbins, Still Life with Woodpecker

I love a good margarita.

I also like to try to be mindful about what I put into my body, and avoid things like GMOs and refined sugar.

Trouble is, if you walk into a store looking for a bottle of margarita mix, chances are that most of the options will contain things like high fructose corn syrup and nasty food dyes. Essentially, a drink mix that is loaded up with sugar, chemicals and GMOs.  (There are some alternatives available, for instance Trader Joe’s does carry a nice, organic margarita mix with natural ingredients.)

However, I’ve found that the most delicious and fresh-tasting margaritas are the ones my husband and I make at home, from scratch. (Well, we do still buy the tequila at the store.)

This may sound a little complicated, but honestly, it’s not! Especially, if you make a point to keep a homemade bottle of “simple syrup” on hand.

Making simple syrup is easy.

You just need water and organic cane sugar. The sugar to water ratio is 1:1, so use 1 cup of water mixed with 1 cup of sugar (or 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar, etc.) Put the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring the contents until the sugar dissolves. Then let it cool off before using. You can store the syrup in a glass jar for 3-4 weeks in the fridge. We use an old juice bottle.

Once you have some simple syrup chillin’ in the fridge for use, the rest is a breeze!

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Here are the few ingredients you’ll need to make a couple of Mindful Margaritas:

– The tequila of your choice

– Homemade simple syrup, made with organic cane sugar

– Organic lemons and limes

– Ice

– Club soda (aka sparkling water)

– High quality salt (optional)

Let’s get started! This recipe will make a margarita for 2 people (or 2 for you!) but for a bigger batch, just double or triple the recipe as needed.

If you have one, you can use a drink mixer, but if you don’t, no worries! Just use an old pickle jar or juice jar. Way to re-use and keep things extra mindful!

To start, choose your favorite tequila. In our house we like to have options…

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Use your favorite shot glass to measure out 4 shots of tequila (Maybe just 3 if you’re not used drinking tequila), and pour the tequila into your jar or mixer.

Then, use the same shot glass to measure out 2 shots of Simple Syrup. If you like sweeter drinks, then you may consider adding a 3rd shot of syrup. But if you like things a bit more tart (like me!) stick to just 2. Then add the syrup into your mixer.

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Next cut 2 lemons and 3 limes. Use a hand-juicer (or just hand-squeeze) to extract the lemon/lime juice into your mixture. (If you like, hang onto one of the used lemon or lime halves for salting your glass later.)

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Then once you have all your liquids in, add some ice, put the cap on and shake well!

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If you’d like to salt the rim of your glass, grind some salt into a small dish.

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Use the lemon or lime you put aside earlier to rub a bit of juice moisture around the rims of the glasses. Then, one at a time,  gently turn and rub the rim of the glass around in the dish, so the salt sticks to the moistened edges of the glass.

Next, add a couple of fresh ice cubes (not the ones from the mixer) to each glass. Give the margarita in the mixer one more good shake before pouring into the glasses.

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Leave a bit of room in the glass to add a float of club soda on top of your margarita mixture, and stir it in gently.


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Author: Yoli Ramazzina

Editor: Renée Picard

Photos: Author’s own



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