"Beet" the Heat: Beet, Blood Orange and Lime Slushy Virgin Margarita

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"Beet" the heat with a frozen virgin margarita! A delicious twist on a classic cocktail, this Beet, Blood Orange, and Lime Slushy Virgin Margarita is alcohol-free and filled with healthy fresh juices. Grab your blender and round up your kiddos because this delightful drink is completely family friendly.

This Beeta-Rita (yup- I never waste an opportunity to create a pun) is the perfect summer-time treat. Refreshingly delicious blood-orange juice, sweet earthy beets, and a KAPOW punch of lime equals the perfect sweet and tart combo for a frozen/slushy drink on a hot day. Add salt or a salt/sugar combo rim, and this frozen Beet, Blood Orange, and Lime Virgin Margarita will be un"beet"able at your summer barbecues, picnics, backyard activities, and afternoons by the pool.  

You know what else is fantastically jazzy about this alcohol-free drink? It's healthy!!! Ready-made store bought margarita mixes often contain corn syrup or gobs of sugar. This virgin margarita offers the traditional citrus flavor with yummy beet juice and less artificial flavors and sugars.

If you've been searching for ways to add more veggies and fruits, such as beets, to your diet, this is the perfect way! Beets are super nutritious as are blood-oranges; therefore, this drink is full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins; your body will shimmy with glee! Because of the extra fresh lime juice, this recipe is more on the tart side, so add more orange juice, honey or other sweetener for your preferred palette. If using maple syrup, look for Grade A or B maple syrup as it contains more fabulous minerals and less artificial sweeteners and preservatives than some other maple syrups. Additionally, fresh is best. If possible use fresh juice for these margaritas. If you don't have a juicer, stop by your local grocery store. Many stores offer fresh squeezed beet and orange juice or companies, like Love Beets, sells fresh beet juice by the bottle. 

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Are you a fan of mason jars? Mason jars are super versatile and convenient. Served and stored in mason jars, these slushy-type virgin margaritas can be made in advance for easy prep. Serve right away or freeze virgin margaritas in individual jars for an easy peasie go-to summer drink later in the week. Plus - when removed from the freezer, the "frozen" jars keep the ingredients cold and slushy. 

Just remember to rim your glass with salt or sugar IMMEDIATELY after removing from the freezer. Yup. It's the perfect (and only) time to invert the glasses; otherwise, you will be slurping margaritas off your floor and counters! 

Looking for more yummy mocktails? Try Beet, Citrus, and Ginger Sangria Mocktail


Beet, Blood Orange and Lime Slushy Virgin Margarita Recipe

INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4 depending on jar size) 

  • 1 cup fresh beet juice

  • 2 cups fresh blood-orange (or regular orange) juice

  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 2-3 tbsp honey or maple syrup*

  • 4 cups ice cubes

  • Orange and lime slices/wedges to garnish

  • Coarse margarita salt and/or sugar for rim (optional)

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Pint-size mason jars (or half pint is preferred)

  • Mason Jar lids

  • Shallow plate for salt/sugar

  • Straws (optional)

*This delightful Beet, Blood Orange, and Lime Virgin Margarita is designed to be less sweet than many other traditional margaritas. It's a sweet/tart combo, so if you prefer a sweeter taste, then make adjustments to suit your preferences. 

Additionally, for the beet fans out there, adding a tablespoon or two of Beet Simple Syrup makes this drink extra Beetastic! Because beets are naturally sweet, Beet Simple Syrup requires less sugar and is a healthier option than traditional simple syrup. Plus - you get that awesome beet flavor! 

 

DIRECTIONS

To drink right away

1. Add all ingredients into the blender. Puree ingredients or pulse for thicker ice chunks in your frozen margaritas. 

2. Salt/sugar glass rims by sliding a lime wedge around the rim and then dipping the sticky and wet glass rim in the salt on a shallow plate. 

3. Fill glasses with the blended ingredients and garnish with lime and orange slices. Enjoy! 

To drink later

1. Pour blended ingredients into individual half pint or pint jars. Cover each jar with secure mason jar lids. 

2. Place jars in freezer for when you are ready to serve them. They usually last a week or two. 

3. Remove margaritas from the freezer when ready to drink and immediately dip them in the salt and/or sugar. The margaritas must be frozen solid in order to dip rims in salt as glasses are inverted. 

4. When first removed from the freezer, the ingredients will appear frozen solid as there is no alcohol (which doesn't freeze) in the recipe. Let jars sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Then gently stir. The slushy texture will appear. Enjoy! 


We Got the "Beet": Beet Moscow Mule

Beet Moscow Mule

Sip on this! Are you a Moscow Mule enthusiast? This BEETastic twist on a classic "mule" includes the traditional flavors of ginger, lime, and vodka with the earthy sweetness of beet simple syrup and fresh mint leaves. 

Why add beet simple syrup? The beautiful beet adds a delightful earthiness married to spicy ginger beer (despite the name, it is non-alcoholic), fresh mint, and lime juice.  Beet Simple Syrup is easy to make and if you wish to eliminate the sweetness factor, replace simple syrup with cold-pressed beet juice. Yum! Plus - adding the antioxidant-rich veggie adds some nutritional value to this refreshing drink! 

Although Moscow Mules are made with vodka, legend has it that the "mule" doesn't actually originate from Moscow but rather it is believed that this craft cocktail hails from America. Either way, served with its signature copper mug and ginger flair, this cocktail has gained vast popularity, and we love it! 

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Cocktail Options

  • for more ginger love, add 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger. Kapow!

  • for less sweetness, use 2 oz beet juice rather than beet simple syrup.

Mocktail Options

  • replace vodka with tonic or carbonated water. Add extra ginger beer and lime juice for flair.

  • add fresh orange juice to create a delightful ginger, citrus, and mint mocktail version of the "mule."

For more cocktail/mocktail recipes featuring the beet, try a Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita or a Beet Tom Collins Martini.

Cheers to picnics, barbecues, family/friend time, and Summer fun! 


Beet Moscow Mule Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Tito's Vodka

  • 4 oz (1/2 - 3/4 cup) ginger beer

  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 oz beet simple syrup

  • muddled mint leaves and lime wedges

  • candied ginger for garnish (optional)

  • ice for shaker

DIRECTIONS

1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake shake shake! 

2. Pour over ice in copper mugs.

3. Garnish with extra mint, lime wedges, and candied ginger.


Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita: Beet, Mezcal, and Jalapeno Margarita

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Smoke out and spice up with a delicious Beeta-Rita (Beet Margarita)! Mezcal, tequila's smokin' "sister," adds an epic campfire flavor combined with refreshing citrus, earthy and sweet beet simple syrup, and a KAPOW kick of hot pepper. Planning a summer barbecue or picnic in your backyard? This Beeta-Rita cocktail may be your new best friend! 

Tequila vs. Mezcal 

What's the difference between tequila and mezcal? Tequila and mezcal are often made from the same kind of plant; however, they taste quite differently. Tequila is made from blue agave, but mezcal can be made from various agave varieties. Furthermore, when making tequila, agave hearts are often steamed; whereas, agave hearts are wood-roasted for mezcal. This wood-roasting practice is what gives mezcal its signature smoky flavor, and the signature smoky essence is what makes this spirit uniquely perfect for creating a delicious Beeta-Rita (beet margarita). There are many ways to serve margaritas, but this one is best served on the rocks with a coarse salt rim and topped with extra jalapenos! For extra spice and flavor, shake up all ingredients in cocktail shaker and refrigerate for an hour or two. This allows the jalapeno slices to marinate and adds fantastic spice (but not too much) to the beet simple syrup and citrus combination. If you wish to create a less sweet (sans simple syrup version) replace beet simple syrup with fresh beet juice (about 2 oz). Yum! 

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Have a hankering for some wine, beer, or spirits but don't want to leave the comforts of your home or pjs? Are you familiar with Drizly (known as the "uber" of liquor)?  This app is super convenient! You can access Drizly online or use the app to order your favorite ingredients and have them delivered without ever leaving your house. If you live in one of Drizly's expansive delivery areas, your purchases can be delivered to your home in about one hour or less. Pretty impressive, right? Drizly delivered Fidencio Mezcal to my door, and it was perfect for the flavor and complexity envisioned for this unique beet cocktail. Fidencio Mezcal is remarkably balanced with a beautiful blend of smoky flavor and a clean crisp finish. 

Thirsty for more fabulous veggie cocktails? Try these delicious BEETastic drinks: 

The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini

Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

We Got the "Beet": Moscow Mule


Smokin’ Hot Beeta-Rita: Beet, Mezcal and Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

INGREDIENTS (serves 1-2, depending on glass size)

  • 2 oz Fidencio Mezcal (or a preferred brand)

  • 2 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 oz beet simple syrup

  • 4 oz fresh orange juice

  • 4-5 muddled jalapeno slices (5 + for extra heat!)

  • lime salt or kosher salt (for rim)

  • sugar (for rim)

DIRECTIONS

1. With a lime wedge, rub a rocks or margarita glass around the rim. 

2. Rim with salt or salt/sugar combo. 

3. In a shaker, combine mezcal, lime juice, orange juice, beet simple syrup, muddled jalapeno slices, and ice cubes. Shake! 

4. Strain into a rocks or margarita glass over fresh ice or serve straight up. Garnish with a lime wedge. Add extra jalapeno slices in glass for added spice! 

This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly. We received free product to review, but all opinions presented here are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.


SPICY BEETA-RITA MOCKTAIL 

Not a fan of alcohol, create a refreshingly fabulous Beeta-Rita Mocktail.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 oz beet juice*

  • 3 oz lime juice

  • 2 oz orange juice

  • 1 oz agave nectar

  • salt and/or sugar for rim

  • 4-5 muddled jalapeno slices (5+ for extra heat!)

* For a quick mocktail or if a juicer isn't handy, use cold-pressed beet juice (Like Love Beets, etc.). You may also use store-bought orange juice and apple juice (preferably 100% juice without added sugar). 

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix beet juice, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar in margarita or juice pitcher or shake in a shaker cup with ice. 

2. Muddle jalapeno slices with a dash of lime juice and add to the mix to marinate for a few minutes. Leave in for extra heat or remove before drinking.

3. Salt/sugar each glass rim and serve over ice or blend with one cup of ice for a blended Beeta-rita! 

Enjoy! 


The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini

The Final Frontier Beet Tom Collins Martini

Looking for an "out of this world" craft cocktail? This Beet "Tom Collins" Martini transports your taste-buds to infinity and beyond! 

Capturing the "Tom Collins" classic ingredient profile, The Final Frontier is a delightful combination of Drizly's Tanqueray Gin, fresh grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and beet simple syrup. Beet simple syrup? What??? Yes! Deliciously sweet, subtly earthy, and vibrantly colorful, beet simple syrup is a fantastic replacement (and a dash healthier) for white sugar in cocktails and mocktails. For this cocktail, beet simple syrup pairs well with gin's botanical essence and the sweet yet tart citrus flavor. 

Thanks to the fabulously inventive internet-based alcohol delivery service, Drizly, you can have gin delivered to your front door without ever changing out of your pjs! Have you heard of Drizly? Known as the "Uber of liquor," Drizly delivers your favorite ingredients (wine, beer, liquor, etc.) to your home in about one hour or less. It may not be light speed, but delivery is super fast! The app is easily navigated online and its mobile app. Plus - this company continually demonstrates superb customer service and offers great product prices. Have you used Drizly? I would love to hear your experiences and cocktail adventures.

Not a gin fan? For a mocktail option, serve this drink sans gin for a refreshingly vibrant beet grapefruit juice. Like a Shirley Temple, this mixed drink has stunning presentation!

For more veggie-inspired cocktails, try a classic cocktail with an un"BEET"able twist: Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini


Beet “Tom Collins” Martini Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup ice

  • 2 oz Tanqueray Gin (from Drizly)

  • 3/4 oz lemon juice

  • 1 oz fresh grapefruit juice

  • 1/4 - 1/2 oz beet simple syrup

  • 1/2 oz tonic water (club soda for a sweeter taste)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, tonic water (optional) and ice cubes to cocktail shaker.

  2. Either drink on the rocks or strain into a chilled martini glass.

  3. Drizzle beet simple syrup into cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with fresh lemon slices

  5. Enjoy!

This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly but all opinions are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.


Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

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Veggies in cocktails? Absolutely! For veggie and cocktail enthusiasts (especially beet lovers) this is a dream come true. Beets are uniquely sweet, interestingly earthy, and vibrantly beautiful - the perfect addition to your favorite mixed drink.

I love crafting unique beet recipes, so when the fabulous people from Drizly contacted me inquiring about beet cocktails, of course I danced a jig and said, "Heck Yes"! Drizly, my new BFF, is an inventive internet based alcohol delivery service (known as the "Uber of liquor"), and yes, they do check ID! Have a hankering for some wine, beer, or spirits but don't want to leave the comforts of your home or pjs? Pull up Drizly online or use the app to order your favorite ingredients and have them delivered without ever leaving your house. If you live in one of Drizly's expansive delivery areas, you can have your purchases delivered to your home in about one hour or less. Pretty impressive, right? For this crafty cocktail, Drizly delivered Tito's Handmade Vodka, right to my door, and I never had to change out of my pjs.

Capturing the clean simple taste of a classic dirty martini, this "twist" contains a crisp and savory flavor with a subtle dash of sweet beet finish. Yum! Plus- this cocktail is magical. Yes, magical! Like the "horse of a different color" from The Wizard of Oz, this drink's hue continually transforms into various shades of pink and red after the addition of skewered red pickled beets

Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini
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Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini

Stay tuned for delicious un"beet"able veggie cocktails coming your way, and stop by Drizly for fabulous products delivered to your home. Would you try this Pretty in Pink Pickled Beet Dirty Martini? I would love to hear from you. Cheers! 


Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini Recipe

INGREDIENTS

*Download the Drizly app for delievery to your front door. 

**Use pink/white Chioggia Beets for a light pink beet brine and red beets for a dark red brine. This drink was made with Chioggia Beet brine and pickled red heart beets. If homemade pickled beets aren't your thing, use brine from purchased pickled beets. Note - store-bought pickled beet brine is often more salty, so adjust brine taste accordingly. 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add vodka, brine, and dry vermouth (optional) to a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes.

  2. Either drink on the rocks or strain into a chilled martini glass.

  3. Garnish with pickled beets and fresh dill.

  4. Enjoy!

 

This post contains sponsored content brought to you by Drizly. We received free product to review, but all opinions presented here are 100% our own. For further information please see our Disclaimer page.