Preparation Time: 7 minutes
Aloe Vera is well known for its cosmetic benefits and is used regularly in skin lotions, cosmetics and for minor burns. In general it’s great for skin and can be consumed directly too. It grows wild in tropical climates and requires very little care which makes it a great addition to your home or backyard! I bought fresh Aloe Vera cactus from the market and decided to use it in a Margarita recipe.
It didn’t take me too long to trim the edges, slice off the green skin and extract the semi-transparent, somewhat slimy flesh. Quickly processed it in my food processor and created a puree or juice that I used in this recipe. Once extracted it can also be stored for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator so feel free to blend with juices for an early morning wake me upper!
- 2 oz Tequila (I used Milagro)
- 1 oz agave nectar
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 4 oz aloe Vera juice
- ¼ jalapeño chopped
Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Muddle the jalapeño a little before adding to the shaker to let some of the juices extract. Add all the other ingredients and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
Strain into a cocktail glass with a salt rim. Garnish with the end of the Aloe Vera cactus or a slice of lime and serve. Salud!!