I am in awe of this recipe.
Who would have thought that you could take fruit and make it taste like an actual margarita? Not me.
This recipe actually came about by accident after a failed smoothie attempt.
I've been playing around with it for about a year or more, waiting for the 'right' time to share it, which would seem to be now as the weather heats up and cold drinks and smoothies are more appealing.
To be honest, I'm not now and have never been a big drinker, though I do get the occasional desire for a mimosa.
We all have a few college stories, I'm sure, that revolve around stupidity, vodka-infused watermelons, and seeing your breakfast come up in the bathtub, but I think that goes without saying (or reliving, for that matter). P.s. I couldn't eat oatmeal for months after said incident. 😉
My time for such occurrences was very short-lived, however, as fitness, health, and sleep took a front seat to debaucherous partying and liver-destroying cocktails.
That's why I love this recipe!
It combines the healthy girl I want to be with the occasional craving I want to satisfy.
While my sporadic alcoholic urges typically revolve around champagne, I never overlook the allure of a fruity, icy concoction, probably because they often end up tasting more like a dessert than something containing alcohol.
And who would turn down a good, healthy strawberry dessert? Not me.
Non-Alcoholic, Fruit-Based Strawberry Margaritas (Vegan, Paleo)
- ½ ruby red grapefruit including a good amount of the white pith
- ½ large sweet red apple Gala or Fuji are both good options
- ¼ c. 100% organic apple juice
- 1 c. cold water
- 1 healthy c. frozen strawberries
- 2 t. honey or maple syrup
- stevia if a sweeter drink is desired
- 2-3 ice cubes if you like it a bit 'frostier'
- Blend all until smooth, adding a bit of stevia or more honey/maple syrup if you desire a sweeter drink.
As stated in the recipe, add in a dash or two of stevia (or a bit more sweetener) to enhance the sweetness (I do!).
The key, in my opinion, for this recipe is the white pith from the grapefruit...
...it adds that certain alcoholic 'je ne sais quoi' that really makes you feel like you're at your favorite Mexican food restaurant or on some tropical vacation in the Caribbean.
What are your favorite alcoholic drinks?
If any of you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think, so please drop me a comment. 🙂