Cool Off with a Cucumber Margarita

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 Netmeds.com 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.

 

Lighten Up Your Summer

One of the best parts about summer is slurping down delicious summer cocktails.  With plentiful amounts of fresh fruit, berries, and herbs available the options seem endless.  However, the added calories are not welcome to our waistlines.  As you are probably aware, cocktail calories can add up quickly.  We are always on the lookout for cocktails that are refreshing and let one imbibe a bit without the added calories.  We have shared some low calorie cocktails with you in our posts for Day Drinking and our Skinny Agave Margarita.  This week we have another umbrella-worthy lo-cal alternative that everyone can enjoy whether you are watching your waistline or not.

The Tequila Watermelon Fizz has only 64 calories per serving.  Yes — 64!!!!  While your friends are slurping down a Mambo Taxi from Mi Concina at 700 calories a pop, you will be slim and trim in your swim suit by the pool. To make the Tequila Watermelon Fizz you need your favorite tequila, lemon seltzer water, fresh limes and watermelon cubes.  We cubed our watermelon and placed it in the freezer for a couple of hours.  The frozen watermelon chunks served as a beautiful garnish, flavor enhancer, and as ice cubes for keeping our drink chilled.  Place an ounce of tequila in a rocks glass.  Add frozen watermelon.  Top off with chilled lemon seltzer water.  Add a lime wheel for garnish.  We made this refreshing cocktail on the fourth of July and upped the festive look with blueberries.

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Since this cocktail is so light and refreshing, it would taste great with any added fresh herbs, such as, thyme, rosemary, basil or cilantro.  If you want to get really crazy, throw in some freshly sliced jalapenos.  Let us know about your favorite combination.  We would love to hear from you!  Thanks to Rhonda’s friend, Amy, who shared this drink idea with us.

 

Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.