Low Carb and Sugar Free Margaritas

Low Carb and Sugar Free Margaritas

1 c water
1/2 - 3/4 c natural sweetener(s) of your choice to equal 1/2 - 3/4 c
zest of 1 orange or 2 teaspoons dried
1/2 t xanthan gum
1 c fresh lime juice
1 1/2 c tequila
lime slices

In a saucepan, place the water and sweetener with the orange zest.  Sprinkle xanthan gum over lightly while whisking briskly.  I tried a stick blender once and it got really thick - if  you want your 'syrup' really thick, use a stick blender and/or a little more xanthan gum.  If you know you really like your margaritas a little sweeter, add a little more natural sweetener and taste test.  I use about a cup total of a mixture of 2-3 natural sweeteners to get the best flavor.  Heat over medium low to medium (gently) until it thickens.  Remove it from heat, strain through a wire colander if you wish to remove the bits of orange; and let it cool while you juice enough limes to equal 1 cup.  You can cheat and use store bought lime juice - it won't taste quite as fresh, but no one will probably notice or care.  I've done both.  Mix the sweetened mixture with lime juice & tequila.  Chill.  Salt the rims of your margarita glasses and use as is, or pour over crushed ice.  For a frozen, place a cup of mixture in the blender with some ice and pour into your glass.  Garnish with a lime slice.  *Everything can be adjusted to your taste. Add more sweetener, more lime, more water or tequila to get the taste you like.

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