Gluten Free Beet Margaritas Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on September 18, 2012

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So it stands to reason that I would be enamored with margaritas; after all what goes better with Mexican food than a margarita?

Contrary to popular opinion, I am not fussy about a lot of stuff but I am fussy about margaritas. No bottled margarita mix for me! Bottled mixes are way too sweet, packed with sugar, often corn syrup, and who knows what else. I like to use fresh juices, silver tequila (preferably Patron but there are others around that are good and not so pricey) and agave for a touch of sweetness. Since tequila and agave come from the same place; the agave plant, they seem to be perfect partners.

I have made margaritas in all sorts of flavors; classic lime, blood orange, pineapple, cucumber and mint, cucumber and jalapeno, pomegranate, watermelon, mixed citrus, the list goes on.

This recipe is a new one for me and came about as a result of making some pickled beets. I was staring at all this gorgeous red cooking liquid which was certain to be packed with nutrients and it seemed a shame to just pour it down the drain. I wondered if I could make beet syrup from it and then my mind wandered to margaritas.

The recipe is simple, just beets, organic blue agave from Wholesome Sweeteners, fresh lime juice and silver tequila. I even made a non-alcoholic drink omitting the tequila and adding club soda.

I don’t know if there is such a thing as a cocktail that is good for you or not, but this cocktail is probably better than most in more ways than one!

Beet Margaritas

Gluten Free Beet Margaritas Recipe

Beet Syrup

Ingredients

4 medium beets
6 cups water
1 cup Organic Blue Agave

Directions

Peel the beets and cut into chunks. Place in a large saucepan with 6 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce temperature and simmer until the beets are tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the beets from the liquid with a slotted spoon and reserve for another use. Bring the beet liquid back to a boil and let boil until reduced to 1 cup; about 25 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the agave and let cool.

Servings:

A gluten free recipe that makes 2 cups of syrup.

Beet Margarita

Ingredients

2 ounces beet syrup
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces fresh lime juice

Directions

Combine all the ingredients and pour over ice.

Servings:

A gluten free recipe that makes 1 cocktail.

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  • http://www.tasty-yummies.com Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    These are so beautiful and such a brilliant idea. I cannot wait to get more beets from our CSA and try this drink! Thanks for a great recipe.

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Beth! Enjoy :)

  • http://www.glutenfreeforgood.com/blog/ Melissa @ glutenfreeforgood

    I have a recipe for beet martinis awaiting launch. However, I don’t drink alcohol other than red wine, so I haven’t actually made it yet. In fact, I’ve never had a martini in my life and am somewhat leery to start now. I feel like I should try it if I post about it on my blog. Now beet margaritas? That I’m not afraid to try. I haven’t had a margarita in a decade, but I would definitely give these a test. I’m a beet lover at heart and having lived in Taos, NM, I’m also a Mexican food lover. This sounds intriguing. And beets are endurance food, so I’m guessing after a couple of rounds, you could do the Mexican hat dance all night long.
    Wonderful post!
    Melissa

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Melissa – I say go for it!!!
      xo,
      c

  • http://intolerantchef.blogspot.com InTolerant Chef

    Well this is certainly an original take on an old favourite! Great idea, and very pretty colour :)

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks and yes, there is nothing like that gorgeous red of beet water!

  • http://dietdessertndogs.com Ricki

    SUCH a fabulous idea!! And gorgeous.

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Ricki!

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