Light Raspberry Margarita

I don’t like sweet drinks. I’m not into any of the store-bought margarita mixes which usually are made with high-fructose corn syrup.

When I’m out, I’ll only order a margarita if the restaurant makes it with fresh squeezed lime juice instead of sweet and sour mix (often called the “Skinny Margarita”). And then I always ask them to go light on the agave nectar. Even the Grand Marnier in Cadillac margaritas is too sweet to me.

My favorite margaritas are the ones I make at home. They are more like a margarita martini–highlighting the tequila versus the mixer.

All margaritas need some sweetness for balance, but I’m too lazy to make the traditional simple syrup. Instead I use this fresh-squeezed limeade from Trader Joe’s.     
It is made with sugar, but it’s not sickening sweet.

I always think of my friend Sue when I pull out the Chambord. She introduced it to me at my wedding. The hubby and I got married in the Bahamas on Cable Beach at an all-inclusive resort–i.e, all adult beverages also included. She insisted we splash Chambord into our glasses of bubbly and all of us were hooked. The touch of raspberry enhanced the sparkling wine without overpowering it. It’s the perfect addition to a traditional margarita. It adds a touch of both berry and tart.

Here’s what you’ll need to make one:

1 lime squeezed
1 shot blanco tequila
1/2 shot Cointreau (orange liquor)
1/2 shot Chambord (raspberry liquor)
1 shot Trader Joe’s limeade
Add ice
Top with sparkling water for bubbles

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