I’ve been making an effort, over the last few years, to limit the amount of medicine I put into my body. It seems that with every doctor’s appointment, there’s a new presciption to be filled, a new ailment to treat. So when my muscle spasm medication ran out last month, I decided not to fill it. Instead, I would treat my chronic neck and back problems naturally. I’ve been stretching every day, doing yoga, breaking out the heating pad, even splurging on the occassional chair massage. But I was in especially a lot of pain last week. Instead of caving and seeking out some more meds, I stayed true to my determination to do things naturally. The last tool in my all-“natural” arsenal? You guessed it: tequila.
So, I really have no idea if tequila helps with muscle spasms. But I do know that stress is partially responsible for muscle spasms, and that most doctors and even online message boards will tell you that relaxation is key to treating these types of problems with your back. And I know that if I’m looking to relax a little bit, tequila can’t hurt, right? With the additional anti-inflamatory properties of cucumber, I think I’m well on my way here to the answer to all of my problems…(ok, I know that calling a cocktail “the answer to all of my problems” here is a little problematic. That part was a bit tongue-in-cheek. And, truth be told, I’m not sure it helped all that much, but it sure tasted yummy!)
Anyways, the hubs and I enjoyed a Friday night in watching some playoff baseball and sipping on margaritas (can we tell who’s the big Giants fan in the house? I only hopped on the bandwagon because my Tigers aren’t in it this year). I love cucumber in drinks, whether it’s cucumber water, my morning juice, or even a margarita. For this drink, I tried to make a margarita without Triple Sec, which is a very sugary alcohol (and truthfully, just another thing that would be sitting in my freezer forever. It would take a lot of margaritas to go through a whole bottle of Triple Sec). The margarita flavor is still there, with the cooling, refreshing addition of cucumber to balance out the sweet and sour flavors in the drink. This is a great drink to make for a crowd. Make sure you use a good, 100% agave tequila.
Makes: 1 margarita (you can make up to 4 servings in a large blender)
1/3 cup good tequila
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons agave nectar
7 1/4″ slices cucumber, peeled
1 large handful ice
Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately.