Cool Off with a Cucumber Margarita

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There is something so refreshing and cooling about the taste of a cucumber.  Is it because we associate it with the popular phrase, “Cool as a cucumber?” Or is it an  ingredient that is often used in summer salads and dishes that we associate a cool factor with cucumbers?  According to cucumbers are about 95 % water which aid in the “coolness” of the cucumber.  Cucumbers also have other great properties and benefits, such as, hydrating the body, rejuvenating the skin, building strong gums and fresh breath, promoting digestive health, regulating blood pressure and aiding in weight loss. Who knew there were so many benefits to this green, spiky fruit!

We researched different cucumber cocktails and margaritas and decided on a version that follows our winning  skinny agave margarita base.  The cocktail is quick and easy.  The hardest part is juicing the cucumber, but that only takes about  5 minutes.  You can whip this cocktail up quickly and head poolside in no time.

First we juiced half of a cucumber.  We removed the cucumber peel, and place the cucumber in our juicer.  We juiced the cucumber for about 5-7 minutes.  This created some juice and thick pulp.

We filled our shaker with ice, and added tequila, lime juice, agave nectar and cucumber juice and pulp.  We shook the drink vigorously for about 30 seconds, and then poured the beverage into a margarita glass filled with ice.  If you don’t want the seeds from the cucumber in your drink, you can add a small extra step of straining the liquid into your glass. Garnish the drink with cucumber slices and sprig of fresh mint.

Interested in a frozen margarita? Add all ingredients to the blender with a cup of ice and blend to preferred consistency.

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Today looks like the perfect day to slurp down one of these yummy cocktails near the pool.


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