Frozen Margarita Mocktail

I’m not the type of come home every night and need a drink. I’m not judging those that do, and don’t get me wrong, sometimes I want that glass of wine.

But my weakness is Margaritas, so much so, that when I was pregnant the one thing I needed my husband to do with me is not have any margaritas either. He could drink anything else, our signature wedding cocktail { A Rusty Nail}, beer, or other cocktail, but not a margarita. Especially if he’s making his beloved recipe. Nope, that was non-negotiable!

Fortunately, he happily complied.

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His signature recipe comes from his stepfather and it uses a simple store-bought mixer as a base. And while it’s a delicious combo, and I’ll always love it, it’s also loaded with sugar. Add the double layer of alcohol on top and you get a super high sugar and high calorie drink.

Special occasions? Fine.

But everyday, not so good, especially when you could easily drink more than one and that’s just not healthy.

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So when I was researching how to make a tasty and satisfying lower sugar recipe, one of my favorite chef’s to the rescue- Ina Garten! Her traditional Margarita recipe is just fresh citrus, juiced, and mixed with ice and alcohol.

My version is inspired by her simplicity and wholesome ingredients, but it goes even further to make it a mocktail! That’s right, the tart and refreshing flavor, with only a few calories, low sugar, and alcohol free!  It’s great for pregnant and breastfeeding mommas, anyone watching their sugar or calorie intake, or those that just don’t want the alcohol!

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Frozen Margarita Mocktail

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1 cup ice

1 1/2 lime, juiced

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/4 orange, juiced

1 cup seltzer water

2 packets True Lime

1 packet Truvia

Directions:

In a blender, combine the ice, lemon, lime, and orange juice. Pulse until the ice starts to break apart. Pour in the seltzer water and pulse again until the ice is crushed and everything is well combined.

On a small dish, mix together the True Lime and Truvia. Rub the rim of each cocktail glass with a leftover wedge of lime.

Dip the rim in the lime-Truvia mixture. Pour the frozen mixture into each cocktail glass. Serve with lime slices and mint.

Per Serving: 15 calories, 0 fat, 15 milligrams sodium, 6 grams carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 2 grams sugar, 0 protein

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Fair warning, this recipe is slightly tart due to the only sweetness being provided by natural fruit sugar. You could add a touch of your own preferred sweetener to the mixture. I only used the Truvia on the rim as a bit of sweetness right on the tip of your tongue when you take that first sip.  I like it this way, but your tastes are different than mine, so make it your own and adjust as needed!

If you’re like me, no there’s no need to wait ’til Cinco de Mayo or National Margarita Day to enjoy your favorite cocktail- mocktail style!

xo

Becca

 

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