Margarita makeover: add this secret ingredient to make it healthier

Published on April 23 2010 - 1:46 PM
Margarita makeover: add this secret ingredient to make it healthier
Healthier Cocktails, Mixers and Low-Calorie Drinks

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my party menu. I’ve got the main dishes covered but I know if I don’t serve margaritas at my Cinco de Mayo party, my friends will be bummed. I mean, what’s a fiesta without the “margies,” as my girlfriends and I endearingly call them?

But when I’m craving a tangy margarita, syrupy pre-made margarita mixers just won’t do. So I like to shake up cocktails and mocktails with healthy fruits and juices for a special twist. Blueberries in my margies? Why not? Blueberries give this classic drink fresh flavor and they’re a good source of fiber and an excellent source of vitamin C, plus they’re rich in the cancer-fighting antioxidants anthocyanins. (Get the EatingWell test kitchen’s tasty recipe for Blueberry-Lime Margaritas.)

Blueberry-Lime Margarita
Frozen limeade adds zing to this stellar blueberry margarita. For a nonalcoholic version, omit the tequila.

Not into margaritas? How dare you! Just kidding. Here are three more Mexican-inspired drinks and ices with fruit to serve at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta:

Salty Chihuahua
This thirst-quenching cocktail was said to be created by a bartender from Chihuahua, Mexico, in the 1940s.

Minted Lime Liquado
This bright-green nonalcoholic mint-lime cooler was inspired by the light fruit-and-ice shakes of Mexico.

Strawberry-Margarita Ice
This refreshing ice for grown-ups has all the flavors of a margarita. Whirling frozen fruits in a food processor is one of our favorite tricks for an instant dessert.

Penelope is Senior Digital Editor for EatingWell.