Apr 3
2013

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

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Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo by Cookin' Canuck #recipe #avocado #cincodemayo

Cinco de Mayo may still be a month away, but it’s never too early to start thinking of margaritas, enchiladas, mole, Mexican slaw…well, you get the picture. And, of course, a Cinco de Mayo feast simply isn’t complete without avocado. Lots and lots of avocados. May through October is the prime growing season for the creamy, heart-healthy fruit and we eat so many during this time that it will only be a matter of time before our skin starts to turn green.

Given my love of avocados, I am excited to be acting as an ambassador for the California Avocado Commission, along with my fellow avocado-loving blogging friends, Kristen of Dine and Dish, Shawn of I Wash…You Dry and Rachel of Southern Fairytale. Each week for the next six months, one of us will be sharing an avocado-inspired recipe with you. We hope to show you just how versatile California Avocados can be.

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo by Cookin' Canuck #recipe #avocado #cincodemayo

This avocado margarita may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of standard Mexican cocktails. But let me tell you something…this is one of the best blended margaritas I’ve ever had the pleasure to guzzle down. There was no ladylike sipping involved. It was just too good for that!

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo by Cookin' Canuck #recipe #avocado #cincodemayo

These margaritas were so easy that they practically made themselves. The first step is to rim the glasses with a little kicked-up salt, which is a mixture of sea salt and chili powder. Next, cut up one avocado, following the tips in How to: Prepare an Avocado. Blend the avocado with crushed ice, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, tequila and triple sec.

Get down to guzzling…um, sipping.

If you’d like more avocado news, be sure to follow the California Avocado Commission on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The recipe:

Salted rim:

On a plate, mix together the salt and chili pepper.

Run a lime wedge around the rim of each margarita glass and turn each glass upside down into salt mixture. Turn the glass until the rim is completely coated.

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo by Cookin' Canuck #recipe #avocado #cincodemayo

The margarita:

In a blender, combine the avocado, crushed ice, agave nectar, tequila, triple sec and cilantro springs. Blend until smooth.

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo by Cookin' Canuck #recipe #avocado #cincodemayo

Pour the margarita into the two prepared glasses. Garnish the rims of the glasses with lime wedges. Serve.

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo by Cookin' Canuck #recipe #avocado #cincodemayo

Other recipes for Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Cookin’ Canuck’s Mexican Slaw with Mango, Avocado & Cumin Dressing
Cookin’ Canuck’s Fish Tacos with Creamy Green Chile & Cilantro Sauce
Brown Eyed Baker’s Tres Leches Cake
Food Blogga’s Bacon Guacamole
Dinners, Dishes & Desserts’ Grilled Chicken with Avocado Tomato Salsa

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 margaritas

Serving Size: 1 margarita

Calories per serving: 321 cal

Fat per serving: Total Fat 13.4g ; Saturated 1.9g

Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

From the kitchen of Cookin' Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

    Salted rim:
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp ancho (or regular) chili powder
  • 2 lime wedges
  • The margarita:
  • 1 California avocado, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed ice
  • 3 oz. lime juice
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 4 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. triple sec
  • 3 spring cilantro
  • 2 lime wedges, for garnish

Instructions

    Salted rim:
  1. On a plate, mix together the salt and chili pepper.
  2. Run a lime wedge around the rim of each margarita glass and turn each glass upside down into salt mixture. Turn the glass until the rim is completely coated.
  3. The margarita:
  4. In a blender, combine the avocado, crushed ice, agave nectar, tequila, triple sec and cilantro springs. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the margarita into the two prepared glasses. Garnish the rims of the glasses with lime wedges. Serve.

Notes

Calories 321 / Total Fat 13.4g / Saturated Fat 1.9g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 9.2mg / Total Carbohydrates 22.4g / Fiber 6.3g / Sugar 7.5g / Protein 2.2g / WW (Old Points) 7 / WW (Points+) 6

Disclosure: This recipe was created as part of my partnership and ambassadorship with the California Avocado Commission (CAC). All opinions expressed are my own. For more fantastic ways to use California Avocados, be sure to head to the CAC website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl April 3, 2013 at 6:17 am

This drink is right up my alley!!!! I’m not a fan of super sweet cocktails – I would love this! So creative.

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2 shelly (cookies and cups) April 3, 2013 at 6:30 am

WHAT?! I can now DRINK avocado? This is crazytown and I love it :)

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3 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan April 3, 2013 at 6:41 am

I don’t normally like avocados, but in a marg, I could totally get on board with them!

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4 Tieghan April 3, 2013 at 7:23 am

Avocado in your drink!! Hell (excuse the language, I am just very excited about anything avocado) yes! Seriously this is so awesome! And really, California Avocado Commission! That i so cool! I need to be on this seeing as all my post these day some how contain Avocados!!

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5 Cookbook Queen April 3, 2013 at 7:30 am

It’s NEVER too soon to start thinking about margaritas!! Love that you added avocado…they look so rich and yummy!!

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6 Jenna April 3, 2013 at 7:46 am

This sounds so creamy and delicious!!

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7 Bev @ Bev Cooks April 3, 2013 at 7:54 am

o.m.g.y.e.s.f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

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8 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough April 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

These sound AMAZING, Dara! Love me some Mexican food and margs. :) Also, that photo of the avocados — SWOON.

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9 Carla @ Carlas Confections April 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

Anything Mexican food related is amazing all year long. And seriously it doesn’t get better than this! I am head over heels with the chili pepper rim!

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10 Mr. & Mrs. P April 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

These look and sound amazing!! Love the bright green color!

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11 Barbara | Creative Culinary April 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

I love margaritas and I love avocado so this is quite evidently a match made in pure Barb Heaven!

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12 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

This will be perfect for hot and sticky Texas summers!

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13 Shawn @ I Wash You Dry April 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

Holy Moly! This looks so refreshing, and I don’t even drink alcohol! I could totally get behind a virgin one of these though! ;) Love all these pictures, I want to frame the one with the four avocado halves!!

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14 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain April 3, 2013 at 11:21 am

This drink is amazing! I seriously would have never thought to put avocado in marg! Brilliant I tell ya!

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15 Karly April 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

What the what?! I love this!

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16 katya April 3, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Wonderful, I just love margarita and with avocado….perfect!!!

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17 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

You are so on the ball! Brilliant flavor idea.

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18 Becky @ Olives n Wine April 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Since there is avocado in this margarita, it is healthy, right??!? This look phenomenal – I would have never thought to combine these flavors. I’ll be at the Kentucky Derby on the 5th so I guess I’ll have to try this recipe out beforehand ;)

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19 bellini April 3, 2013 at 3:44 pm

One of our local Mexican hot spots makes avocado marguerites. Yummmm.

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20 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme April 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Wow. Who woulda thought! This avocado margarita sounds phenomenal. And so creative.

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21 Mira @ Mermaid Cafe April 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

What a great idea, this looks delicious! I am notorious for trying weird (though sometimes disastrous) drink recipes and I LOVE avocadoes, so I’ll definitely have to try this out.

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22 Laurie {Simply Scratch} April 3, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Avocados in a margarita is the most creative idea I’ve ever seen! LOVE THIS DARA!

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23 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 3, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I kind of wish it was Cinco de Mayo year ’round because I want to drink this every day!

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24 Amanda April 4, 2013 at 5:43 am

I saw this on FB yesterday and cant get it out of my head. Seriously genius!!!

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25 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

Oh, this sounds amazing, Dara!

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26 Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 4, 2013 at 10:37 am

Gorgeous photos!

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27 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I adore you for this recipe. That is all.

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28 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust April 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

OMG Dara. I am in love with avocados in not-dinner-foods. This is a fabulous recipe!

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29 Nutmeg Nanny April 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

This is delightful, I must admit I have an avocado addiction and I love seeing new and exciting ways to add more to my life :)

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30 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 5, 2013 at 12:38 am

Avocado in a margarita? You are a genius!

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31 danielle April 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

Yum- I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see!

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32 Nidhi April 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Hey ! this looked so good, I tried it but I thought it was a little too sour so, I would reduce the lime juice next time, thanks for a great recipe!

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33 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife April 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

So pretty, I just love the color in these!

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34 Kristen April 10, 2013 at 7:02 am

I would have never thought to make a margarita with an avocado! So pretty!

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35 Lori @ RecipeGirl April 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

These is the coolest recipe ever. Can’t EVER get enough of avocados!

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