Skinny Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita
Skinny Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita
dairy-free, refined sugar-free
This healthy-ish cilantro jalapeno margarita is the absolute perfect drink to sip on pool-side all summer long! The tartness of the lime, hint of sweetness from home-made agave syrup, and a salted rim (always) is exactly what I want in my hand while I’m basking in the sun (really sunburning though).
Let’s get down to the dirty deets — I have a love-hate relationship with alcohol. As a health-nut, I’m told that all alcohol is bad for you and you’ll basically erase everything you’ve worked for if you have a drink. But you know what, I say LIVE A LITTLE! A wee bit of clean alcohol is not going to kill ya.
What I love doing is mixing it with some fresh, all natural ingredients and making it one nutritious drink with a side of fun. I’ve been contemplating writing a blog post all about my thoughts on alcohol as a health & fitness nut. Hopefully I can get around to that soon, but for now, here’s my go-to margarita these days!
I know what you may be thinking, you hate cilantro. I get it, for some reason some people think it tastes like soap 😝. If you are one of those un-lucky individuals, let’s just omit the cilantro, easy as that.
BUT for those lucky peeps that can’t get enough of those little green leaves, they add the perfect touch to this summer time staple.
Probably the key ingredient in this cocktail is the simple agave syrup — it adds a little hint of sweetness to the tartness of the limes. Adding a sweetener to your drinks can be tricky. I prefer to use all-natural sugars, none of this high fructose corn syrup kinda stuff. I have found that making my own “simple syrup” from whole ingredients is actually quite easy (and delicious). For this margarita, I made some homemade agave simple syrup that may or may not have rocked my world. It can be made in under 5 minutes and I show ya exactly how to make it down there in the directions.
Skinny Cilantro Jalapeno MARGARITA
3 limes (to make 1/3 cup lime juice)
4 ounces simple agave syrup*
4 ounces mezcal or tequila
sea salt for rim
extra lime wedges to garnish
cilantro to garnish
Dice jalapeno into small pieces. Muddle the diced jalapeno and lime juice together in the bottom of a cocktail shaker (about 8 good cranks should do the trick).
Pour agave syrup and mezcal or tequila into cocktail shaker. Add ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
To salt the rim of your cocktail glass, dip your finger into some extra agave syrup and run it around the rim of the glass. Then dip the glass upside down onto a plate with sea salt, making sure to get the salt around the edges of the rim.
Pour mixture into a cocktail glass over a large ice cube.
Garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro (optional) and kick back, relax, and enjoy!
* To make the simple agave syrup, combine 1/4 cup agave with 1 cup water in a pot and heat over medium heat for about 4 minutes until bubbles form. Remove from heat and let cool in the fridge before use. Store in air-tight container for up to a month!
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