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!
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.
A gluten free recipe that 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.
A gluten free recipe that makes 1 cocktail.
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