There’s nothing better than a healthier happy hour. This tasty take on the classic cocktail is chockfull of veggies, thanks to wholesome ingredients like salsa, cucumbers, and low-sodium vegetable juice. Add a dash of hot sauce and make the metabolism-boosting beverage even more flavorful. Watch the video for a step-by-step demo on how to mix this spicy, healthier cocktail.

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2 cups organic low-sodium vegetable juice (such as R.W. Knudsen)
½ cup salsa (mild, medium, or hot)
4 oz. English cucumber (about 1/3 of a medium cucumber), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds removed, chopped
2 Tbsp. lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes), plus extra limes for garnish (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Honey, optional
Hot sauce, optional

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1. In a blender, combine vegetable juice, salsa, cucumber and lime juice; blend until well combined and smooth.

2. Taste and season generously with salt and pepper. Blend again.

3. Add honey 1 tsp. at a time, if needed to balance flavor.

4. Add hot sauce, if desired.

5. To serve, pour ½ to 1 oz. tequila into a highball glass (ice is optional).

6. Top with ½ to 1 cup juice mixture. Garnish with lime, if desired.