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We been drankin….we been drankin…
Fortunately, we’ve been drankin AND staying hydrated with this Refreshing Watercress Cucumber Margarita. (#keepingitclassy)
You know all we love our Kale & Spinach & Collards & Chard. Well, today we are adding a new leafy green to the lineup.
Say hello to watercress.
It is one of the most nutrient dense foods of all time, as measured by the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index. In fact, consuming 1 serving of watercress will provide you with more than 18 essential vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamins A, C, & K. It’s basically a multivitamin.
Many people don’t realize this, but watercress is a cruciferous veggie (in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts). This family of vegetables are generally known as cancer-fighters due to their high levels of phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates.
Studies have shown that watercress specifically is associated with a reduced risk of several cancers, including prostate cancer. That’s probably because frequent consumption of watercress may lead to a reduction in DNA cell damage and a potential increase in antioxidant activity in the body.
But enough about the health benefits. Let’s talk flavor. And a heads up…this margarita recipe is all flavor.
It’s simple and light, and you can really taste the flavors of each ingredient coming together to make magic.
You ready to make this at your next gathering and impress all your friends? Here’s what you do.
Start by adding the watercress, cucumber, basil, maple syrup, water, and the juice of two limes to a blender. Blend until all ingredients are processed, and then strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl or jar.
Assemble your serving glasses, and then add a shot of tequila to each glass. Next, pour the strained mixture into the 2 glasses.
Add ice cubes, and garnish with cucumber slices or lime and enjoy!
Now it’s your turn. Have you tried watercress before? What are your favorite ways to use this leafy green? Let us know in the comments below!
- 1/2 cup watercress
- 1/2 medium cucumber, chopped
- Juice of 2 small limes
- 5 basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups water
- 3 ounces white tequila
- Add all of the ingredients except the tequila, to a blender.
- Blend until all ingredients are processed, and then strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl or jar
- Assemble your serving glasses, add a shot of tequila to each glass, and then pour the strained mixture into the 2 glasses. Add ice cubes, and garnish with cucumber slices or lime. Enjoy!