February 20, 2012

Fresh Blueberry-Lime Margarita

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Happy Monday... or should I say Happy National Margarita Day!!!!

Today is double-y exciting {yes, this is a word} because thanks to our fabulous Presidents, I have today off from work. I love long weekends because Sunday becomes Saturday all over again. I can sleep in, relax and run all the errands that I couldn't run yesterday because the malls were too packed and crowded with holiday savings shoppers.

Getting back to the point, it's a holiday, and I don't just mean Presidents Day. It's National Margarita Day, a day filled with tequila happiness and frozen cocktails... and I thought of just the right one to blend up...... a Blueberry and Lime concoction. 
The lemon and blueberry combination has been a favorite of mine, well, since forever. This galette was one of the biggest hit's last Easter and I absolutely plan on making it again... it was just that good. This goes the same for lime, it's citrus flavor brings out the freshness in so many delicious recipes.


So when I thought about the whole blueberry and lime pair, the flavor combination of the tart juices from a lime and sweetness in blueberries was just too good to pass up.
Now onto the bigger love... Margarita's!!!


I love margarita's! 


Everything about them is refreshing, delicious and perfect on a thirsty Thursday after work when I am meeting up with a few girlfriends for cocktails. I haven't made that many margarita's at home yet but I did make an outstanding Margarita Granita for a family dessert over the summer and it was so refreshing with just the right tequila pop.
 Well, I also found out from this amazing website all these different food and drink holidays. That's how I discovered National Wine Drinking Day this past Friday, this week, the 19th to the 25th, is Pancake Week and that this month is Avocado & Banana Month... aren't you mind-blown!!!!


I think food holidays are the best. All fun without any stress. Relatives are coming to stay in masses, there are no presents to buy... it's just flipping on your blender for a nice Sunday night cocktail with your beau and sharing the love the next day with all my foodie friends.


{I heart the food calendar}
So, onto today's fabulous cocktail... I made these insanely light and refreshing blueberry and lime margaritas last night to celebrate me not having work today and of course the double-y fun holidays. Paul and I are normally not fruity drink people being that those overly sweet drink mixers can give you such a sugar headache, but knowing the ingredients that I put in this, it had to be delicious. I actually cut back on the blueberry nectar sweetener from the original recipe because I knew it would still be sweet enough without overdoing the super-sweet factor.

It was amazing! I had no intentions of Paul actually drinking his but before I knew it his was gone and he was looking for another. Oh and did I mention yet, they are only 125 calories per serving... Are you serious?!?!?!?!

I can absolutely live with that. Plus, no brain freeze or sugar rush, just natural fruit and juice flavors for an outstanding finishing sip. 

Just fabulous!
Fresh Blueberry-Lime Margarita
2 servings
Total Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients 

2 cups ice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup blueberry nectar
1/4 cup seltzer water
2 tbsp frozen limeade
1 tbsp lime juice
3 oz tequila, optional {kinda}
1 lime wedge
Coarse salt


Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. 


Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.

Nutrition
Per serving: 125 calories; 1 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 2 g fiber; 14 mg sodium; 147 mg potassium.

Recipe adopted by Eating Well
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 

Enjoy!

7 comments:

Jo said...

These look beautiful! I will give them a go this summer for sure.

Deelicious Sweets said...

Great recipe and all natural to boot! Love it. Definitely a keeper for this summer.

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

I wish I had the day off so I could be at home with this drink in my hand! Maybe after work ;-)

Katherine said...

I'm totally jealous that you had the day off, and even more jealous that you're spending the day drinking those beautiful margs! They look delicious!

I'm adding them to my weekend agenda to hopefully enjoy by the pool. Thanks for sharing!

-Katherine

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Oh, I could use a margarita right now. One of these, please!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love fruity margs and I like that this one doesn't have a ton of sugar!

Mary said...

I'm not a huge fan of margaritas most of the time, but these sound delicious! Pretty much my favorite smoothies with a shot of tequila... now why didn't I think of that?!