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National Margarita Day
Wellness
Published Thursday Feb 22, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

Shake It Up: Our Favorite Marg Recipes for Guilt-Free Sippin’

Drink
Recipes

Fruity, frozen, or on the rocks, margaritas can be a treat any way you shake ‘em. But, they could be better for you.

Before you celebrate Cinco de Mayo at your local bar, restaurant (or at home!), keep the fiesta going all year long with these five mixes that will save you calories! 

Elevated Margarita

Just eight ounces of a standard margarita can clock in at around 455 calories – yikes! Lighten up your drink by keeping it simple with this three ingredient, low-calorie cocktail. 

INGREDIENTS 

- 2 ounces Avión Silver or Reposado

- 1 part fresh lime juice

- ½ ounce agave nectar

- 1 lime wheel, for garnish


INSTRUCTIONS

- Combine first three ingredients in shaker with ice, shake vigorously.

- Fine-strain over fresh ice.

- Garnish with lime wheel. 


avocado
Avocado Margarita

Everything in moderation, except avocado. Get your superfood and drink it too with the Drunken Avocado—your go-to, gut-friendly green drink! 

INGREDIENTS

- 2 tbsp avocado 

- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger

- ⅓ cup cubed pineapple, plus more for garnish

- 3 lime wedges

- 2 cilantro sprigs

- 1 oz. tequila


INSTRUCTIONS

- In a shaker, muddle the avocado, ginger, pineapple, lime, and cilantro. 

- Fill with ice, add the tequila, and shake well.

- Double strain in a glass over ice and garnish with a handful of pineapple cubes, For an extra kick, add the Chili Salt Rim.



aloe
Aloe Margarita 

While it’s great for treating sunburns, Aloe Vera is an even better cocktail ingredient! With benefits such as boosting your immune system and digestion, Aloe will cool you and your skin down. It’s a lot of steps, but totally worth it – we promise! 

 

INGREDIENTS

- 2 ounces tequila blanco

- 3 ounces aloe juice

- Squeeze of fresh lime juice

- 3 tbsp salt

- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

- 1 tbsp pink himalayan sea salt

- Aloe plant, for garnish

- 2 ounces margarita mix 

- ½ cup sugar

- 1 cup water

- 1 cup lime juice


 

INSTRUCTIONS

- Remove aloe stalk from plant and trim the bottom with a sharp knife. Set aside. 

- Make homemade margarita mix: squeeze the lime juice into a bowl or measuring cup. Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool a bit before adding in the lime juice, mix together, and pour into a bottle. Refrigerate the mix for up to two weeks. 

- On a small plate, mix up salt, cayenne pepper, and pink Himalayan sea salt. Cut a lime wedge and run it along the rim of a rocks glass.

- Roll the rim of the glass around in the salt mixture. Set aside.

- In a shaker filled with ice, combine homemade margarita mix, tequila, and aloe juice. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into salt rimmed rocks glass filled with ice. 

- Garnish with aloe stalks and serve. 

Kombucha Margarita 

Elevate your energy with a mean kombucha-rita! You heard it right, your fave fizzy, probiotic tea just got a lot more fun. 

INGREDIENTS 

- 2 oz. of tequila

- 3 oz. of ginger kombucha

- 1 oz. of triple sec

- ¼ of a lime, squeezed 

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

- Fill a rocks glass with ice. 

- Add tequila, ginger kombucha, triple sec and squeeze the quarter lime.

- Stir lightly until all liquids have mixed. 



mango
Virgin Mango Lime Margarita

Want a tasty treat, without the booze? For those who enjoy their beverages sans alcohol, it’s a good idea to have this recipe on hand. 
 

INGREDIENTS

- 1 (16 ounce) package frozen mango

- ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

- ½ cup simple syrup

- ½ cup water


INSTRUCTIONS

- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. If your mango is very frozen, you may need to add even more water to make it thin enough to drink.

- Garnish with lime and enjoy. To make the boozy version, just pour in some tequila and stir or blend. 


This National Margarita Day, steer clear of the corn syrup and serve up some siesta-worthy sips for the whole squad! 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.