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    Anyone have a good-tasting margarita recipe that isn't loaded with sugar? Holiday weekend and I'd really like a margarita!

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    NorCal Margarita Recipe (and ingredients)

    2 shots of top shelf tequila (preferably resposado or anejo, see tequila descriptions below), 3 shots if you’re feeling frisky
    The juice and pulp of one lime
    Club soda to taste
    Shake it up
    Serve on the rocks

    What you’ve got yourself here is a 130-150 calorie beverage that is low carb (5 grams or less), low sugar (5 grams or less), and not too sweet or sour. All the flavor without all the junk so of course I had to taste test.
    Source: The NorCal Margarita: How To Make The Perfect Paleo Adult Beverage
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    • #3
      Margaritas aren't loaded with sugar unless you buy some commercial mix, in which case they aren't really margaritas.

      Recipe for margarita: 3 parts good silver tequila, 2 triple sec, 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice

      Shake with ice and strain into a glass rimmed with kosher salt. No salt = not a margarita. Margarita mix = not a margarita. Didn't squeeze limes until your forearms hurt = not a margarita. Using good añejo instead of silver tequila = still a margarita, but a waste of good sipping tequila. Thus spake RichMahogany, former bartender to the elite yuppies of the mid-atlantic.

      The only appreciable sugar is in the triple sec. If it's part of your 20%, don't sweat it. Otherwise, look up "Norcal margarita," which, despite not being a margarita, is delicious and as primal as can be.

      The end.
      The Champagne of Beards

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
        Margaritas aren't loaded with sugar unless you buy some commercial mix, in which case they aren't really margaritas.

        Recipe for margarita: 3 parts good silver tequila, 2 triple sec, 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice

        Shake with ice and strain into a glass rimmed with kosher salt. No salt = not a margarita. Margarita mix = not a margarita. Didn't squeeze limes until your forearms hurt = not a margarita. Using good añejo instead of silver tequila = still a margarita, but a waste of good sipping tequila. Thus spake RichMahogany, former bartender to the elite yuppies of the mid-atlantic.

        The only appreciable sugar is in the triple sec. If it's part of your 20%, don't sweat it. Otherwise, look up "Norcal margarita," which, despite not being a margarita, is delicious and as primal as can be.

        The end.
        Another reason to like RM, I will remind myself of this when I run across a cranky post from you.
        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post

          Recipe for margarita: 3 parts good silver tequila, 2 triple sec, 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice

          Shake with ice and strain into a glass rimmed with kosher salt. No salt = not a margarita. Margarita mix = not a margarita. Didn't squeeze limes until your forearms hurt = not a margarita. Using good añejo instead of silver tequila = still a margarita, but a waste of good sipping tequila.

          The end.
          this.

          the only slight addition you could make would be a spash or a float of gran marnier, if you like it a little more gran marnier-ish. if not, the recipe RM posted is spot-on

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          • #6
            Find a decent spirit, and drink it neat or on the rocks. Cocktails were basically invented to cover up the taste of rotgut.
            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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            • #7
              Important! Use a dent of lime to moisterize and rim the glass with salt...
              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

              - Schopenhauer

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              • #8
                Sounds good! Thanks!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                  Margaritas aren't loaded with sugar unless you buy some commercial mix, in which case they aren't really margaritas.

                  Recipe for margarita: 3 parts good silver tequila, 2 triple sec, 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice

                  Shake with ice and strain into a glass rimmed with kosher salt. No salt = not a margarita. Margarita mix = not a margarita. Didn't squeeze limes until your forearms hurt = not a margarita. Using good añejo instead of silver tequila = still a margarita, but a waste of good sipping tequila. Thus spake RichMahogany, former bartender to the elite yuppies of the mid-atlantic.

                  The only appreciable sugar is in the triple sec. If it's part of your 20%, don't sweat it. Otherwise, look up "Norcal margarita," which, despite not being a margarita, is delicious and as primal as can be.

                  The end.
                  If you say triple sec is ok, I'm drinking triple sec

                  Thanks!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                    Find a decent spirit, and drink it neat or on the rocks. Cocktails were basically invented to cover up the taste of rotgut.
                    My usual poison is whiskey/water, but wanted something more summer-ish to enjoy while soaking up some sun.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Stacy15 View Post
                      If you say triple sec is ok, I'm drinking triple sec

                      Thanks!
                      If you're worried about the ingredients, make your own. Here's a recipe:

                      DIY Orange Liqueur | Serious Eats : Recipes
                      The Champagne of Beards

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                        If you're worried about the ingredients, make your own. Here's a recipe:

                        DIY Orange Liqueur | Serious Eats : Recipes
                        I was more worried about sugar than anything else. Kinda funny considering a few years ago id be downing pitchers of margaritas not caring what the hell was in it! Thanks for recipe. Definitely trying it. Who knew margaritas were so simple..

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                          Margaritas aren't loaded with sugar unless you buy some commercial mix, in which case they aren't really margaritas.

                          Recipe for margarita: 3 parts good silver tequila, 2 triple sec, 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice

                          Shake with ice and strain into a glass rimmed with kosher salt. No salt = not a margarita. Margarita mix = not a margarita. Didn't squeeze limes until your forearms hurt = not a margarita. Using good añejo instead of silver tequila = still a margarita, but a waste of good sipping tequila. Thus spake RichMahogany, former bartender to the elite yuppies of the mid-atlantic.

                          The only appreciable sugar is in the triple sec. If it's part of your 20%, don't sweat it. Otherwise, look up "Norcal margarita," which, despite not being a margarita, is delicious and as primal as can be.

                          The end.
                          Pfffftttt.

                          Using good liquor in a simple mixed drink makes the drink better...
                          For instance a Brugal 1888 Mojito is much better than your standard run of the mill white. IMO.
                          (Call it dirty if you like.)
                          A Dark And Stormy with Goslings Old... though I've had to settle for standard Gos before when Old couldn't be had locally.
                          The subtle flavor comes through.
                          The same with a Norcal or standard Margarita and good añejo.
                          And I'm not going to bother going out and throwing money away on a decent bottle of white.
                          I keep in my house what I'm willing to happily DRINK... not things I'll drink and "other stuff".

                          I'm not saying mix with your most expensive bottles... just, c'mon...
                          Good liquor tastes better and in a simple drink you CAN taste it.
                          Last edited by cori93437; 07-03-2013, 09:34 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Also, if a mix is easier, there's a sugar free one called Bob's or Uncle Bob's or something like that. They make a whole line of sugar free mixers. I never checked the ingredients because I used them pre-primal, so I'm assuming they have aspartame. I was in OR at the time, so I don't know if they're available everywhere.
                            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                            • #15
                              My current go-to is a NorCal with a couple of orange slices muddled in it.

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