Doesn't it feel like everyone but you on your Instagram feed is off on some tropical vacation? It's slushy wintry weekends like the one upon us when I really crave sunshine and margaritas the most. Even though margaritas aren't particularly in season, sometimes it's nice to escape winter via a cocktail...and if you have enough of them you may actually start feeling like you are in Mexico! In keeping with our healthy January cocktail theme, these margs are chock full of vitamin C from the Cara Cara oranges and made with agave instead of the triple sec or cointreau. But don't be fooled by the lack of triple sec - these cara-ritas are strong! And If you really want to resolution-ize your margarita, add a pinch of turmeric for extra health benefits.
Another reason to drink these unseasonably delicious concoctions is that citrus is at its freshest right now, and my favorite citrus - the Cara Cara orange, is finally back on the shelves. Each January and February I have as many Cara Caras as I can possibly have before I OD on vitamin C. They are sweeter and less acidic than good ol' regular oranges and their pink/reddish flesh is extra juicy with the added bonus of being completely seed free! Without having to worry about seeds and being so easy to peel, they are great snacks on the go, although you need to pack a napkin- or you'll be covered in juice! I'm pretty much their biggest fan ever. If you haven't had them yet, go to your local market and grab a couple Cara Cara oranges and start your own stay-cation tonight with this delicious margarita recipe and save a couple for the morning for some fresh citrus to cure your hangover.
You may only know Turmeric from Indian curries, but this orange spice packs a colorful and healthy punch! By adding this cousin of ginger to your margarita, you are adding tons of anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing benefits. It can help alleviate joint pain, help with gastrointestinal problems, improve liver function, lower cholesterol and is even touted to prevent alzheimer's and cancer. It pretty much does everything and anything that's healthy and good for you! The spice adds a little kick to the margarita, but isn't over powering once mixed together. If you really want extra benefits, find the fresh root and grind it in. Beware- the spice can stain your hands and clothes, so after the second margarita you may end up with yellow everything!
Enjoy! And if you enjoy four or five...you'll be in Mexico in no time!
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)