A Weird Ingredient to Make Margaritas Healthy


I don’t often drink booze, but when I do, I make it tequila.

And I like margaritas of all kinds. I like ’em plain lime and I like ’em berrylicious. I like ’em on the rocks and I like ’em blended. I like ’em classic and I like ’em ridiculous.

It’s getting warm in Wisconsin, so this afternoon I started thinking about the blueberries on my counter and the tequila in my cabinet. And I thought, “What if I pop all that in the blender with tequila and lime … and add some collagen powder?”

I’d put collagen powder in a smoothie, so why not a margarita?

The idea is ridiculous.

The result was delicious.

Here’s why you should try it, and the recipe I threw together.

Why you should try it

You might know that we don’t get as much collagen in our diets as our grandparents did, or as much as people in other cultures do. We have this idea that if we eat meat it should just be flesh. But the fact is that some of the deepest nutrition is in the bones and the succulent drippings of bones and skin.

I have a friend whose dad from Hungary sucks the marrow out of chicken bones. Does that sound barbaric? It’s a cultural (and instinctive) remedy for what ails you. And maybe it’s why he can go skydiving at 70+. He’s got collagen in his body and nutrient-rich blood in his veins. Sure, he’s got good genes–and his muscles, joints, and tissues are strong AF to boot.

Unless you make bone broth or suck marrow, you’re probably lacking collagen. But you need collagen–for your skin, bones, joints, muscles, and gut. Dr. Axe tells you all about it right here.

I’m not saying it cures everything, nor should you take medical advice from me. I’m no doctor. But I am saying that when I make bone broth and when I put collagen powder in my drinks, my skin looks better, my hypermobility is less painful, and my gut is happier.

So while you’re enriching a liver-crushing tequila indulgence with the antioxidants of blueberries and limes, you might as well top it off with the goodness of collagen!

Here’s my recipe

  1. 2 Tbl. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  2. 1oz. Cointreau/triple sec, or another orange liqueur*
  3. 1 shot of tequila
  4. 1 cup of blueberries
  5. 1 Tbl unflavored collagen powder**
  6. Ice
  7. Lime wedge

Blend and serve. But don’t blend the lime wedge. Slice that puppy and stick it on the rim of your glass.


* What I had lying around was orange Bittercube Bitters made here in Milwaukee. Good stuff.

** What I had lying around was Arthroben by Designs for Health. I prefer Dr. Axe’s collagen because it’s a third of the price. Well to be precise, it’s $71.39 for 240 grams of Arthroben vs. $42.79 for 454 grams of Dr. Axe’s mix. I put little effort into my math skills, especially when I’ve had a few collagen margaritas, but that probably boils down to roughly one-third the cost.

DFH has a couple extra awesome flavinoids added in to their powder, and also a couple extra additives. Dr. Axe does not top off with additives. Both brands are nonGMO, but Dr. Axe goes the extra mile by letting you know that he sources his beef collagen from grass-fed cows who are raised to roam free in pastures with no antibiotics, hormones, or other nefarious shit.

Mix up a collagen margarita and let me know how it goes! It’s weird, but it’s worth it.


About Erin Harris

I'm a copywriter by day and a fiction writer by night. I also write about food, travel, music, film, and much more.
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2 Responses to A Weird Ingredient to Make Margaritas Healthy

  1. SauceBox says:

    Great post! Thanks for the recipe I’ll have to try this as I am a huge tequila fan as well! You’ve got my follow. Check out my comedy blog and give it a follow if you like it!

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