I don’t think there is anything tastier than a really good margarita, especially as the warm weather sets in. The problem is that there are a lot of really bad margaritas out there, masquerading as the crisp, refreshing cocktail you’re craving. They are overly sweet, without much real flavor, and the minute you take a sip, you think “why on earth did I order this?”.
I’ve had that moment so many times, I hardly trust anyone but myself to make a margarita anymore. Too many bars and restaurants serve up something made with sour mix, that cocktail additive whose name belies its cloying sweetness. Even worse are those margaritas made with frozen limeade. Gasp, shudder! All that sugar hides the crisp lime flavor, not to mention packing on the pounds. It’s no longer a refreshing cocktail, but more like a sweet slushy your child would desire. With a little alcohol thrown in.
Now, I may be something of a margarita purist, just lime, tequila and a dash of triple sec, but I do like other flavors on occasion. And with strawberries starting to come into season, some Sugar-Free Strawberry Margaritas seemed like a good idea. I do find that a little additional sweetener really amps up the strawberry flavor. I still like mine on the less sweet side, but the great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust to your own taste. And with Swerve on your side, you don’t have to worry about the added calories or carbs in your favorite cocktail. Perfect for a healthy Cinco de Mayo celebration!
by Carolyn Ketchum
Cheers to sugar-free cocktails!
2 cups ice
1 cup sliced strawberries
¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
4 ounces tequila
1 to 2 tbsp confectioner’s Swerve Sweetener, depending on how sweet you like it
2 lime wedges
1 tsp granulated Swerve Sweetener for rimming
In a blender, combine ice, strawberries, lime juice, tequila and confectioner’s Swerve. Blend until smooth.
Run a lime wedge around the rim of two cocktail or margarita glass. Place granulated Swerve in a shallow dish and run the rim of the glass through the sweetener.
Divide margaritas between prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedges and strawberries.
Makes 2 large margaritas