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Margarita? MargaBucha!

The Margabucha - Holistic Squid

Do you enjoy dragging your feet and fending off a headache the day following cocktails with friends? Do you revel in a full-body-film of regret and self loathing? Do you love hangovers? If your answer is yes, do not read any further!

I don’t know about you but, I don’t have time for hangovers. And guess what? I have a choice and so do you. We can enjoy a delicious margarita on a warm afternoon with family and friends and not skip a beat the next day. How you ask? Drink your liquor with a raw, naturally fermented bevi. In this cocktail recipe, I use kombucha.

Alcohol, a much loved pollutant encourages the formation of acid in the body, depletes B-Complex vitamins and lowers the body’s pH. Kombucha has a detoxifying effect, contains B vitamins and is reported to help correct the body’s acid pH.

If you do not make your own kombucha, pick some up at your favorite healthy food suplier and enjoy your celebration with a Real Cocktail. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Margabucha Ingredients

Margabucha Method

  • Before mixing up a pitcher of this lovely elixer, run a wedge of lime around the rim of your glasses. Gently press the glass rim down on a plate of Celtic sea salt.
  • Fill the glasses with ice. Put them on a tray and into the freezer to chill until ready to serve.
  • Dissolve the honey in lime juice with a wisk or spoon.
  • Add tequila, kombucha and optional ginger juice.
  • Pour into chilled glasses and don the rim with a lime round.
  • Sit back and have a belly laugh with friends.

Chef’s Notes:

Active Time: 20 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

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- This post was generously contributed by Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee. Check back next Friday for more delicious recipes from Monica that will make your mouth water and your tummy purr. If you’re lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, Real Food Devotee can make your life easier by delivering nutrient dense goodies directly to your door.

Photo credit: An Eye Full Studio

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  1. Hey Kid!! This looks fabo!! Any more real food bevvies in your recipe stash?!! I’m thinking piña coladas, mojitos, daiquiris?!! ;0)

  2. Caroline – I love kombucha whiskey sours and recently made the most delicious gin with blood orange, carrot kvass and basil. A pina colada with coconut cream sounds amazing too. ;)

  3. So excited to make a batch of these for our family dinner tomorrow night :-) .

  4. Holly says:

    Monica-your recipe for apple ginger soda makes delicious cocktails as well.

  5. Oh wow this looks amazing! Something to save for when I make my own booch.

  6. Everyone really enjoyed these, thanks so much for the delicious recipe! Even those who had no idea what Kombucha was or why they might want to drink it :-).

  7. Bebe says:

    Ah, you’re speaking my language again here Monica. My daughter and I are still imbibing our raw liver shooters on a somewhat regular basis and giving them to Grandma too… she’s kinda like Mikey, she’ll eat anything (that I give her)!
    But I do love tequila (Hornitos Reposado is my favorite) and since I gave up margaritas a few years ago (because they give me migraines! I think it’s the sugar in mixes) I have switched to tequila with grapefruit juice (either fresh or the Simply brand from the grocer store) and a couple big squeezes of lime.
    I have mixed my kombucha with white wine and sparkling water (a booch cooler?) and even tried it with my *signature* cocktail. It really mixes perfectly with a lot of different choices but now I have another recipe that I’m sure will not give me headaches either.
    Thanks again girl!

  8. Emily, lack of space and the fact that the kitchen is not just mine to use. I culture as much as I can now, but the booch would just be a little too much.

  9. monica ford says:

    @Bebe I can’t tell you how much I love your enthusiasm. I really hope we get to share a shooter and real cocktail one day. Giggles galore no doubt.

    @DrMommaLaelle I’m so happy you tried this and that it was a hit. I can’t tell you how exciting that is to me. I am a super food nerd, I know.

    @Caroline Boles Pina Coladas are amazing with fermented pineapple soda and fresh coconut cream. They can’t be beat.

    Drink up everyone!! xo

  10. Bebe says:

    So about last night… haha, I was enjoying a quiet night at home with my youngest two, 13 and 14 yo boys, watching movies and tucking in on the sofa together. I kept thinking I wanted a glass of wine but I really wanted something a little lighter and it came to me… some of my homemade raspberry, blueberry, pomegranate kombucha mixed with a glass of cabernet, over ice! Need I say how good that was?

  11. monica ford says:

    sounds like the best sangria ever!

  12. Heather T says:

    Ginger Juice. How do you make it?

  13. Monica Ford says:

    I have a trusty old Champion juicer that makes quick work or a few chunks of ginger. I don’t even peel it. The juice from raw ginger is so potent that a little goes a long way so a little is all u need send thru the juicer:)

  14. If you don’t have a juicer, you can just squeeze it through a garlic press!

  15. monica ford says:

    Hi @DrMommaLaelle I would say ginger is the most difficult food to juice without a juicer. Try the garlic press. That may work. However, I think your best bet would be to grate an ince or 2 knob into a bowl. Then pour and press it through a little tea strainer. Or stop by your local juice bar and get just the juiced ginger. It keeps nicely in the frige and is a great addition to many recipes. Although the juicers behind the counter might give you quizzical looks, tt would also likely cost very little.

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  18. This sounds phenomenal! I will definitely try it. I do have to give you props for your ability to hold your liquor! Almost a half a cup of tequila (1 3/4 cups, divided by four servings) per drink? Wowza! I may reduce that just a bit in order to stay upright. :-)

  19. monica ford says:

    hahahaha!!! Fermented Bevies are my secret to remaining upright, unslurred and hangoverless. Enoy!

  20. I will say that I drank 1 serving of this and could still definitely feel it the next day…might try again with less tequila as Debra suggested :-) .

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  23. Ann Marie says:

    I have ginger, but no ginger juice…what to do…

  24. Monica Ford says:

    Hi @AnnMarie
    The ginger juice is option for sure but try making a tea with ginger (concentrated) or even using juice from pickled ginger if u have it:)

  25. Heather says:

    Just found this, my favorite drink made healthy! Plain kombucha? Made with black tea or something else, like green tea? The photo just looks so light-colored I am wondering. And we currently make our kombucha with ginger, no need for ginger juice. :-)

  26. Alexis says:

    Hi! I wanted to know what other kinds of rice aren’t bad. Like wild rice etc
    Thank you!

  27. monica ford says:

    Hi @Heather
    I love to make my kombucha with black tea but green tea kombucha would be perfect as well! Enjoy!

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