Gluten Free Beet Margaritas RecipeFor those of you who read my blog regularly, you may know that I love Mexican food. It is my go-to comfort food, dining out food, celebration food, Wednesday night dinner food…you get the idea!
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.
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!
Gluten Free Beet Margaritas Recipe
4 medium beets
6 cups water
1 cup Organic Blue Agave
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.
Makes 2 cups of syrup.
2 ounces beet syrup
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces fresh lime juice
Combine all the ingredients and pour over ice.
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