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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a Healthier Margarita

May 3, 2013

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This weekend is Cinco de Mayo! It’s time to break out the sombreros and guacamole for a fiesta with family and friends. If you’re looking for a festive drink to serve this year that won’t leave you feeling guilty, we’ve got you covered. This watermelon margarita promises to be a crowd-pleasing cocktail. It’s refreshing, light and fruity with just the right kick!

Serving children at your party too? Just omit the alcohol and top off the blended drink with a splash of seltzer water for a fizzy watermelon cooler.

Watermelon Margaritas

Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons large crystal salt such as Kosher Salt

  • 1 lime wedge

  • 3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon

  • 1/2 cup tequila

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)

  • Fresh Mint (for garnish)

Preparation

  1. Place 2 teaspoons salt in a saucer. Rub the rims of 6 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in salt to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

  2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add ½-cup margarita to each glass.

  3. Garnish with a few fresh mint leaves.

What’s your favorite Cinco de Mayo meal?

About the author

Lauren Caster is a contributing writer to Wellness Today. She resides in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys cooking for friends, doing Bikram yoga, and exploring new restaurants and food carts in town. She is one part of the blogging duo behind the blog Brooklyn-Portland, she received her diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and is a 2013 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition