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