Mountaineer Margarita is heavenly

Mountaineer MargaritasSince I’m kicking my tailgating up a notch with the introduction of this blog, my friends encouraged me to come up with a signature drink to honor the gold and the blue.

The gold part was easy – something with tequila gold. And since I love blueberries as much as margaritas, a blueberry-flavored margarita made the perfect concoction.

After sifting through a few online recipes, I came up with my low-cal, signature drink, which I’ve dubbed Mountaineer Margarita.

Ingredients for Mountaineer MargaritaIngredients (serves 2)

  • 1/2 cup tequila gold (I used Hornitos Anejos)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons low-cal simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1 cup kosher or sea salt (I used sea salt)

Instructions

Rub the rim of 2 rock or margarita glasses with a lime wedge. Swirl the rims through a small pile of kosher or sea salt. Add ice cubes to the glasses.

Mountaineer MargaritaBlueberries for Mountaineer MargaritaMuddle the blueberries and lime juice in a cocktail shaker until the blueberries are pulverized. Add the tequila, simple syrup and a handful of ice to the shaker. Add a left over rind or 2 from the limes.

Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, and then strain into the salted glasses.

As you can see, I used rock glasses at home but I just ordered some Flying WV plastic wine and beverage glasses for tailgating. I may also try using blue food coloring and topping with a lemon instead of a lime for a true gold and blue margarita.

Recipe for low-calorie simple syrup

simple syrup with agaveTo cut down on calories, I made the simple syrup with agave. It’s equal parts agave and water. Just pour a cup of hot water into a cup of agave, and stir until it’s dissolved.

Let the simple syrup cool before serving. Store in the refrigerator between uses for up to a month.

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