No Added Sugar Marg

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If you know me at all, you know I’m a BIG fan of margaritas...and just tequila in general. Find this strange for a health coach? It’s called balance :). It may be feeling a bit cool and crisp here in Columbus, but it looks like there are a few more days of unseasonably warm temperatures in store for us, so for those of you in warmer climes, and those wanting to squeeze a teeny bit more joy out of your summer, here’s a fun recipe for you to try!

I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a distaste for intensely sweet beverages. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweets, and I have no interest in avoiding sugar all together. But I find myself ordering like ¼ of the flavored syrup I once did in my lattes, and I’m hesitant to order cocktails when I’m out unless I know the bar/restaurant won’t make them super sweet. I used to make my margaritas with simple syrup or agave nectar, but this summer I made a new discovery! I was at a favorite mexican restaurant in Northern Michigan (shout out to The Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grill), and they had a marg on the menu that had no syrups or artificial mixes in it, and instead, fresh orange juice! The OJ added so much natural yummy sweetness! So this inspired me to try it at home - perhaps oranges were the key to a delicious, no sugar added, margarita. And obviously I had to make several attempts before I got it juuuuust right :). The keys are the freshly squeezed orange juice and some grand marnier (triple sec or cointreau should work too). To be fair, these liqueurs do have sugar as one of their ingredients, but who’s heard of a margarita without one of them? So, here it is! Try it out and let me know what you think!!

No Sugar Added Marg Recipe!

1oz grand marnier (or cointreau or triple sec)

2oz tequila (I like a blanco (clear) tequila or a reposado for margaritas)

Juice of approximately 1 lime and ½ orange (this will depend on your taste & the size of the fruit...there’s a little trial & error involved!)

Mix, pour over lots of ice, and enjoy! I have been known to make a strong cocktail - if this isn’t quite your taste, a little water (sparkling or flat) could be added to cut the strength a tad :)

**Disclaimer: If you do not drink alcohol because it has caused pain in your life or for any other reason, please disregard this post. If you are reading this and think you might need help with your relationship with alcohol, please seek the support of a qualified counselor. Please take good care of yourself!