Summer has already gotten the better of me. I vowed at the beginning of the season that I would put our nice new Weber grill to good use; grilling fish or lean chicken and veggies every night followed by a brisk walk with Bayfield (our 10 year old yellow lab) after dinner. Well it’s halfway through July and I can count on one finger how many times I’ve made that happen. I also vowed to drink some green juice every morning and well… we won’t get into negative numbers here. My yearning for lean protein and judicious amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables has been side tracked by one too many meals out, several sushi runs, and yes, even the occasional visit from our favorite pizza delivery guy.
The summer season is all about lighter recipes. It is the most carefree time of the year and includes lots of outdoor entertaining, trips to the beach, and in Miami, a whole lot of skin. There are few things better than reclining on a beach chair and looking out at the ocean waves while sipping a summer cocktail like a margarita or piña colada. Pure heaven right? Not really. A standard piña colada can have as many as 750 calories! That is a whole lot of pineapple and coconut cream, and rum, and a cherry on top. Summer and a 750 calorie anything is NOT a good idea.
If we really want to keep our bikini bodies looking great this summer perhaps we should just forget those tasty summer cocktails altogether right? Wrong! So many popular summer cocktails can be made lighter and even a little healthier by using fresh squeezed juices . I created this delicious libation by incorporating fresh squeezed blood orange juice and a touch of agave. My very light “Skinny Blood Orange Margarita” will keep you happy and refreshed throughout the summer season. And most importantly, it will not wreak havoc on your waistline. Cheers to summer!
Skinny Blood Orange Margarita Recipe
You will need:
- Sea salt
- 2 ounces silver tequila
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 1/2 ounce fresh blood orange juice (you may substitute regular navel oranges if you can’t find blood oranges)
- 1 to 2 teaspoon agave nectar
- 1 orange round, for garnish
Using the IMUSA citrus juicer squeeze the lime and blood orange juices and set aside. Pour some salt onto a small plate. Using the just squeezed lime half and run the wet edge along the rim of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt. Carefully add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.
Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed lime, blood orange juice and agave nectar. Shake for 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into your glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange.
By: Ana Quincoces
For more information on our IMUSA Citrus Juicer press click here
For more information on another delicious summer drink recipe click here