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Jalapeño Cilantro Mezcal Margarita

Jalapeño Cilantro Mezcal Margarita

We thought this was the perfect time to share a Conscious Cocktail recipe! Since we eliminate alcohol during the cleanse, this recipe is a great way to transition into your 80:20 eating plan. For more information about our 80:20 Lifestyle Program, click here.

This recipe features a spirit that got a lot of attention this summer – mezcal!

Mezcal, like tequila, is a distilled spirit made from the agave plant. While tequila is only made from blue agave plants, mezcal can be made from any agave plant. When making mezcal, instead of steaming the agave before distilling as is customary for tequila production, the agave is cooked in large earthen ovens with charcoal and lava rocks. This is what gives mezcal its signature smoky taste.

We’ve created a cocktail that combines the smokiness of mezcal with the tartness and sweetness of grapefruit. Add to that the kick from the jalapeño, and you’ve got a margarita that’s sure to impress your guests.

Do you have a favorite cocktail you’d like us to give a Conscious makeover? Let us know in the comments below!

With love and smoky cocktails,

Jalapeño Cilantro Mezcal Margarita

Yield: 1 cocktail


1/2  grapefruit, juiced
2 limes, juiced
2 oz Mezcal
1-2 jalapeño, sliced
⅛ cup cilantro
1 tsp agave (optional, omit for low sugar)
Pineapple slices, for garnish (optional)

Pour ¼ cup lime juice into shaker. Add jalapeño and cilantro. Muddle jalapeño and cilantro in the lime juice. Add remainder of lime juice, grapefruit juice, mezcal and agave (optional) and ice into the shaker. Shake to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Fill your favorite glass with ice and pour contents into shaker. Garnish with a slice of pineapple, a sprig of cilantro or jalapeño for extra spice. Enjoy!

Jo Schaalman and Jules Peláez are co-authors of the book The Conscious Cleanse: Lose Weight, Heal Your Body and Transform Your Life in 14 Days, a best-selling, step-by-step guide to help you live your most vibrant life. Together they’ve led thousands of people through their online supported cleanse through their accessible and light-hearted approach. They’ve been dubbed “the real deal” by founder and chief creative director Bobbi Brown, of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, beauty editor of the TODAY show.

Practice Yoga for Detox, Cleansing, and Vitality, if you need to detox after these cocktails. This program features a class from Jo of the Conscious Cleanse.

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