Virgin Margaritas … or Not!

Margaritas are not only one of our favorites for Cinco de Mayo, they’re also great for an any time citrus drink! The sweet and sour combo make them so refreshing.

There are two options for margaritas: on the rocks or frozen. Both are best with salt around the rim! The on the rocks version is the easiest and least time-consuming way to make a virgin margarita, but using a high-powered blender or Magic Bullet will make a terrific, easy-to-prepare frozen drink easy too!

To responsible drinking!

Melissa

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Margaritas (Virgin or Alcoholic)

Margaritas are a fresh citrus drink perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. They are refreshing any time, whether prepared as virgin beverages or with a little Jose Cuervo.
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Superfine sugar Or more to taste.
  • Crushed ice
  • 8 oz. Club soda
  • 4 Lime wedges Optional, or use lemon wedges.
  • 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt Optional.

Instructions
 

  • Simply combine the lime juice, lemon juice, and sugar (or sugar substitute) in a small pitcher, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • For a Margaritaville-style frozen drink, blend the lime juice, lemon juice, club soda, and sugar with four cups of ice in a high-powered blender. Blend until the mixture is nice and slushy.

For a Fancy Margarita Experience

  • Prepare a salted glass with the below three steps. Optional, but it makes the glasses look fancy!
  • Swipe a lime wedge around the rim of the glass.
  • Pour coarse salt onto a small plate then dip the edge of the glass into the salt, rolling it around until the rim of the glass is coated.
  • Pour the lemon-lime mixture into your salted-rim glasses and enjoy!

Notes

Melissa's Modifications: 
Margaritas are a refreshing drink for a hot summer's day and of course to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
To reduce sugar, I used 6 drops of Stevia Clear which reduces the sugar to zero calories and has plenty of sweetness to balance the tartness of the lemons and limes.
Nutritional Values: The virgin version contains very few calories, especially if you are using Stevia Clear.
Add 4 oz. of 90 proof tequila, and you just added a whopping 300 calories and 28g of carbohydrates!
Stick with the virgin version whenever you can … it's certainly better for you!