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Yes, Margaritas Are Healthy

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Margaritas are powerful concoctions of tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and salt, but if made improperly and with the wrong ingredients, these celebratory cocktails can transform a dreamy evening into a tear-and vomit-filled nightmare. However, a well-crafted margarita — one that uses the right balance of quality tequila and fresh lime juice — can actually be the best thing to drink at the bar or your friend’s culturally insensitive Cinco de Mayo party.

Click here to see How You’ve Been Making Margaritas All Wrong

Tequila is not a “health” food, but in relation to other liquors, it has some unique beneficial attributes, but these benefits only apply to tequila made from 100 percent agave. Under Mexican law, tequila may only be made from the blue Weber agave plant from the Tequila region of Jalisco. In the U.S., however, tequila has received a bad reputation as a liquid hangover because regulations allow liquors made with only 51 percent agave to be called tequila.

Here are three reasons that margaritas are good for you… in moderation of course.

It’s Got Vitamin C

Some might say a great margarita is all about the tequila, but the experts know that it’s the fresh lime juice that really makes a margarita pop. A standard margarita recipe calls for around one ounce of lime juice, which provides you with 13 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Having vitamin C in your system before and after a night of drinking may also reduce the severity of next-day hangovers.

It’s Gluten-Free

While the gluten-free craze is overblown, there are people who are legitimately sensitive to grain-based alcohols. Traditional tequila, which is solely from the blue agave plant, is gluten-free, but some American brands use a blend of sugars (called mixtos), which may be extracted from grain. This combination of sugars is part of the reason for that nasty tequila hangover.

It’s a Digestif

Digestifs are traditionally heavy liquors sipped after the conclusion of a meal to aid in digestion. They are usually served neat or in a strong cocktail. Tequila, the primary ingredient in a margarita, can speed up the digestion process by cutting through the fat of a particularly rich meal. Just remember — if you want the health benefits — to stick with a 100 percent agave tequila, preferably one that’s been aged for at least a year.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.


Healthy Scratch Margaritas (Naturally Fruit Sweetened!)

These Healthy Scratch Margaritas are kept fresh, sweet and tangy with fresh squeezed fruit juice and natural unprocessed sweetener. These call my name as soon as the first warm days of spring arrives!

Who doesn’t love a margarita on a warm day? Living in Portland in my 20s, I used to crave those first warm days of spring. The city would be so lively at night with everyone dining on the newly opened patios of the restaurants in the Pearl and NW.

Chips & Salsa + Margaritas = True Happiness. Right? At least very, very close to it.

While tequila certainly can’t be classified as a superfood, when enjoyed in moderation, it isn’t all that bad for you! I do believe in eating a diet that is mostly whole foods that contribute to your overall health, but there is always some wiggle room for things like margaritas, right? Especially if you make these healthy scratch margaritas that are made without all the processed stuff found in a typical Mexican joint version.

If you’re concerned about drinking alcohol and weight gain (aren’t we all?!), tequila is actually a better choice than other alcohols – agavins, the type of sugar alcohols in tequila, don’t raise blood sugar levels in the same way as other alcohols, so many of the calories pass through your body without being absorbed.

There are several things that raise red flags to me about cocktails and a clean eating diet. One, alcohol is generally combined with tons of processed sugar in order to tame the heat of alcohol and make it more palatable (or easier to drink faster). If you want to enjoy a cocktail, but don’t want to consume a ton of calories, the best way to order it is with soda water and a lemon or lime. If you want to add a bit of sweetness, ask for a splash of a real fruit juice (like fresh grapefruit or orange juice).

Two, alcohol makes you hungry! It stimulates your appetite, and also lowers your self control, meaning dinner might be less healthy, and much larger, than if you had passed on happy hour.

I really rarely drink these days, mostly for those reasons, but also, coffee. I just love coffee, and that’s my drink of choice in the afternoon. Iced. I drink water with lemon or soda water in between.

Lately, I’ve been staring at the 4 bottles of tequila we’ve picked up in duty free over the past few years (we used to have margaritas at home at least a couple of times a month!), but haven’t even opened. I’ve been thinking about the margaritas I used to sip with my girlfriends on hot summer evenings.

We would order “scratch margaritas,” meaning made with fresh squeezed juices rather than sweet and sour. Sweet and sour, unless you go to a really nice place that makes its own, is just sugar, maybe some actual juice, or often just artificial flavors, and water.

Here is my favorite version of a scratch margarita. There are two versions in the recipe– one is what I make when I have friends over, and is sweetened with a touch of date syrup. The 2nd is how I prefer to drink them – half fresh juices, half soda water, no need to sweeten.