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Margarita makeover: add this secret ingredient to make it healthier

By Penelope Wall, April 23, 2010 - 9:46am

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Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and I’ve been thinking about my party menu. I’ve got the main dishes covered but I know if I don’t serve margaritas at my Cinco de Mayo party, my friends will be bummed. I mean, what’s a fiesta without the “margies,” as my girlfriends and I endearingly call them?

But when I’m craving a tangy margarita, syrupy pre-made margarita mixers just won’t do. So I like to shake up cocktails and mocktails with healthy fruits and juices for a special twist. Blueberries in my margies? Why not? Blueberries give this classic drink fresh flavor and they’re a good source of fiber and an excellent source of vitamin C, plus they’re rich in the cancer-fighting antioxidants anthocyanins. (Get the EatingWell test kitchen’s tasty recipe for Blueberry-Lime Margaritas.)

Blueberry-Lime Margarita
Frozen limeade adds zing to this stellar blueberry margarita. For a nonalcoholic version, omit the tequila.

Not into margaritas? How dare you! Just kidding. Here are three more Mexican-inspired drinks and ices with fruit to serve at your Cinco de Mayo fiesta:

Salty Chihuahua
This thirst-quenching cocktail was said to be created by a bartender from Chihuahua, Mexico, in the 1940s.

Minted Lime Liquado
This bright-green nonalcoholic mint-lime cooler was inspired by the light fruit-and-ice shakes of Mexico.

Strawberry-Margarita Ice
This refreshing ice for grown-ups has all the flavors of a margarita. Whirling frozen fruits in a food processor is one of our favorite tricks for an instant dessert.

What drink recipes with fruit do you like to make? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Penelope Wall, Healthy Cooking Blog, Entertaining, Holidays

Penelope Wall
Penelope is a web producer and writer for EatingWell.com. When she's not busy geeking out at the computer, she loves cooking and trying new recipes on her friends. Some of her favorite foods are dark chocolate, coffee, apples, sweet potatoes and cheese.

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