Green Margaritas

February 14, 2014 by Ali

Sneak some fresh and healthy green juice into your happy hour with these Green Margaritas! Any homemade or store-bought green juice will work for this recipe, and it comes together in just minutes!

5-Minute Green Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

It’s no secret that I love a good margarita.

Nor is it a secret how much I adore green juices and green smoothies.

So why on earth it took me until now to consider combining the two?!? I have no earthly idea. But green margaritas have now arrived in mi casa. And they are absolutely, positively, oh-so-deliciously, super-food-ly, easy-to-make-ly, irresistibly here to stay.

So grab your juicer, your blender, your food processor — or heck, save a few minutes and pick up some green juice at the store — and come join me in toasting these green machines. And get ready, because your happy hours will never be the same. :)

5-Minute Green Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Ok, but before we dive into the recipe, I have been informed by friends and neighbors that I need to give a little explanation first about what this mysterious “green juice” is. I thought the whole world knew about and loved this tasty trend. But for those of you who have yet to try it, green juice is simply juice that has been made in some part with fresh greens (like spinach or kale) and/or green herbs (like parsley or cilantro) and/or green fruits and veggies (like celery or green apples or cucumbers).

Sometimes it can be tangy or taste like vegetables. But most of the time, green juice tastes fresh and sweet like many other juices.

Spinach is by far and away the most popular ingredient to turn a juice “green”, partly because it is nearly flavorless when added to juices and smoothies, and partly because it is so darn good for you.

5-Minute Green Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Nowadays you can buy green juices pre-made at local juice shops or at the grocery store. I’m a big fan of the Suja and Evolution Fresh green juices, but the widely-available “green machine” Naked Juice would also be fantastic in this green margaritas recipe.

Or…

…you can easily make them at home!! I somehow scored and found a nice juicer at a garage sale years ago for $20, and have been using it to juice ever since. But you can also easily make green juices using a blender or food processor — just puree the fruit, and then strain out the juice using a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer.

I have included a recipe below for a simple green juice. But really, all you need are some juicy fruits and greens, and you’re good to go!

5-Minute Green Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

So to make this green juice margarita, just combine your favorite green juice with some fresh lime juice, tequila, orange liquor and maybe some extra simple syrup (if your green juice needs a little extra sweetening). And literally in minutes, this fab green margarita will be ready to go.

I mean, let’s be real, I had no doubt that this recipe would be a winner. Green juice? Yum. A drink that’s packed with tons of great nutrients and antioxidents? You don’t come across those everyday! And a beautiful, vivid margarita that can be made in minutes? It’s pretty much guaranteed to be the talk of your happy hour.

5-Minute Green Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

So grab some greens, and make one for yourself. And if you do, be sure to Instagram it and tag me (@gimmesomeoven), because I want to see it. :)

Cheers, friends!!!

5-Minute Green Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Green Margaritas

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: About 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups green juice, *homemade or **store-bought (see note/recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • ice cubes
  • (optional: simply syrup to sweeten, if needed)

Method

Stir all ingredients together until blended. If you feel the margarita needs sweetening, add simple syrup to taste.

Serve over ice in sugar- or salt-rimmed glasses, garnished with lime wedges or slices if desired.

*Just about any homemade green juice will work for this recipe. I made mine in a juicer with 3 oranges, 2 green apples, 2 inches fresh ginger, 2 limes, and 6 handfuls of fresh spinach. You can also puree the fruit in a blender or food processor and strain it through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh strainer if you do not have a juicer.

**Any store-bought green juices will work for this recipe. I recommend going with a sweeter juice, but go with whatever you'd like.

Be sure to check out my other favorite margarita recipes!

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas

Strawberry Mango Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Strawberry Mango Margaritas

Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas

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Champagne Margaritas

Cranberry Margaritas Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Cranberry Margaritas

 

 

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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14 thoughts on “Green Margaritas

  1. So are you saying I can justify my margarita habit if I use green juice? SOLD.

    - Josie

  2. Sounds like a great marriage to me! As a smoothie and juice lover as well as the margarita being my favorite cocktail, you had me right away! Beautiful photography, too, Ali!

    - lori @ thehealthminded.com

  3. This is such a clever mash-up of the healthy and the boozy!

    - Kathryn

  4. Awesome idea, Ali!! I love green juice – make it all the time with apples, kale, and ginger. I have to turn it into a marg next time. ;)

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  5. Ooh this is a great idea for any type of cocktail!!

    - Sarah (@ People, Places & Plates)

  6. This is just genius, Ali!!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  7. Very fun and gorgeous photos!

    - Tieghan

  8. I am swooning over this recipe! Salute!

    - Paula – bell’alimento

  9. I am totally craving a margarita right now. I love the green machine naked juice and I am going to add tequila to it next time I buy it!! :) what a great idea!

    - Aggie

  10. An alcoholic drink that is healthy too? Don’t mind if I do!

    - Sammi Sunshine

  11. Oh wow, what a great idea! Finally, a margarita I can feel good about drinking ;)

    - Julia @ hungryandconfused

  12. Ohhh what an awesome idea to combine the best of both world– green juice and a marg! Oh I can’t wait to have a margarita… 6 more weeks! lol.

    - katie