02/21/18

Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita

Tangerine Mint Sparkling Margarita

This citrusy margarita with a hint of refreshing mint sets the mood for your winter escape to the tropics and sends the blues packing.  Tangerines are packed full of Vitamin C and fiber, and some studies show their peels may lower cholesterol. 

Makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces freshly squeezed tangerine juice
1 pinch tangerine zest
1 squeeze lime
5 fresh mint leaves
1 splash simple syrup, to taste
Ice, for cocktail shaker
1 1/2 ounces reposado tequila
1 ounce sparkling water
1 mint sprig, for garnish
1 tangerine peel twist, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine tangerine juice, zest, lime juice, mint, and simple syrup.  Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, mash the mint to release flavor.  Add ice and tequila.  Shake thoroughly, pour into a chilled glass, and top with sparkling water.  Stir lightly.  Garnish with mint sprig and tangerine peel twist and serve immediately.

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