It started to feel like summer last week in NYC. Fortunately, the weather has cooled off for a bit. I love summery drinks. I love them in the winter, fall, spring and yes, in the summer too. For $2.49 you are getting 32 ounces of mixer which should be enough for 16 margaritas.
I did not drink this without alcohol, but I'm sure it would make a good virgin drink. Just be aware Trader Joe's Margarita Mixer is not a low calorie drink. This has as many calories as juice without any vitamins or minerals attached. Now, to be clear, most people won't mistake this for a diet or low calorie drink.
With alcohol, and following the directions on back. It made a well balanced, but slightly sweet drink. If you salt the rim of your glass, it will cut through the sweetness. As a general rule of thumb, I won't use a lime to rim and hope to keep anything attached. I rarely find it works. In place, I used some agave and rimmed the glass with salt. If you are wondering, the agave acts like glue and keeps the salt firmly place on the rim of the glass. In the dishwasher I have no problems getting my glassware clean.
The recipe attached has good balance, but won't get you wrecked. It's alcoholic and light enough where the drink can be savored and enjoyed. The recipe is a guide, so feel free to tinker with the ratios involved.
But as a mixer, it's pretty good. I might repurchase it. I just wish they offered more mixers. Yes, many of their drinks on their own do serve as mixers, but you'll need some basic bartending skills to come up with something well balanced. Which, as long as you can shake a drink, then you've got the basics down.
Some Other Options
But if you have limes, sugar, salt, tequila, and some orange liqueur at home, you too can make a fabulous cocktail.
If your taste buds are top shelf, the consider trying my Cadillac Margarita
Or if Blood Oranges are still in season, try my Blood Orange Margarita:
But if you are going to go the way of mixer, then here is the quick visual rundown of this product:
The bottle of Trader Joe's Margarita Mixer:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
After being shaken, not stirred you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. I like a good margarita at home. Why at home? I don't have to drive and for the price of a few margaritas out, I can buy the mixer, a whole bottle of decent tequila and some triple sec to make my own.
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Trader Joe's Margarita Mixer
Product Name: Trader Joe's Margarita Mixer
Product Description: Trader Joe's Margarita Mixer is ready made mixer that is both lemon and lime flavored.
Trader Joe's Margarita Mixer makes a decent margarita with minimal effort.
- Trader Joe's Margarita Mixer will result in a pretty good and balanced Margarita.
- Don't think you are saving any calories. The serving size when adjusted indicates this is just as high in calories as juice or even Trader Joe's Jalapeno Limeade.