September 28, 2022 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
Vegetable-based cocktails are trending hard right now – a rather interesting departure from the fruity drinks that we have all come to know and love over the years. So, what’s up with the veggie vibe? Quite a few things actually…
Firstly, Gen Z is leading the vanguard with their aim of living cleaner, so when these trendsetters can sneak in extra nutrients, they grab the chance to do so. Secondly, there is a big push around the globe to live more in tune with nature, which extends to sustainable cocktails as well. As such, savvy bartenders are using seasonal fruits, and now vegetables, as inspiration to lean into this trend.
Also, it’s just fun to try something different – especially when it challenges your palate to accept a new notion. So, in the spirit of blazing the trail for tasty new things, here are 5 veggie-based Margaritas that are super delicious and simple to sip this season:
1. The Jessica Rabbit
The Margarita has inspired countless amazing spin-offs over the years, and the Jessica Rabbit cocktail certainly is no exception. Combining 1½ oz Blanco tequila, ½ oz Grand Marnier, 2 oz carrot juice, 1 oz orange juice, ½ oz simple syrup, ½ oz lime juice, and 3 slices of jalapeño pepper, it is shaken up with ice and double-strained into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Finish it with a salted rim and a lime wheel for that full-on Margarita vibe.
Margabeetas are Margaritas made with – you guessed it! – beets. Beetroot juice contains heaps of nutrients, including folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, and iron. Combining 2 oz Blanco tequila (chilled), 2 oz beet juice (chilled), 1 oz lime juice, ½ oz Grand Marnier, a dash of simple syrup, a Margabeeta can be shaken or stirred, and is best enjoyed in a Margarita glass with an optional salted rim. Add a lime wedge for extra zest.
3. Rosemary Rhubarb Margarita
Combining 2 oz Blanco tequila, ½ oz elderflower liqueur, ¾ oz lime juice, and ½ oz rhubarb and rosemary syrup this captivating cocktail is a little trickier to make but completely worth it. In order to get the earthy flavors, you need to make a simple syrup that is infused with rhubarb and rosemary.
4. English Garden Margarita
This drink is an homage to all that is beautiful about springtime in the English countryside. It combines 1½ oz Blanco tequila, ½ oz Grand Marnier, ¾ oz lemon juice, ½ apricot liqueur, ½ oz Earl Grey tea (cooled), 2 sugar snap peas, 2 sprigs of mint, and a dash of pumpkin oil.
The peas and mint are muddled in a shaker, after which the rest of the ingredients are added along with ice, and shaken until chilled. It is then double-strained into a Margarita glass with a rim of smoked salt for a beautifully complex botanical serve.
5. Del Huerto Corn Cocktail
If you love the earthy smell of grilled corn, this veggie cocktail is going to be right up your alley. It combines 2 oz Blanco tequila, 2 oz grilled corn, ¾ oz fresh lime juice, and ½ oz agave syrup. The corn is muddled in the shaker, after which the rest of the ingredients are added, along with ice, and shaken until well chilled. It is then double-strained into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
There you have it – 5 vegetable Margaritas that have turned the notion of the liquid lunch on its head completely. Keen to try one? Go on, we double-dare you! Follow the cocktail route less traveled and get a nice dose of vitamins and minerals alongside your favorite tipple. #WINNING