With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, margaritas are becoming more and more enticing. Thing about it is that margaritas can have up to 900 calories. What makes them so bad for you? First off, the alcohol in it will always contribute a hefty amount of calories and there’s no way to really get around it if you’re looking to get boozy. Next up, the Triple Sec (an orange flavored liqueur) is sweetened, contributing calories from sugar and alcohol content. Lastly, margaritas are often made with a sweetened mix which contains high amounts of sugar (read calories). The best way to drink margs are to make them at home, or to frequent bars that will replace the pre-mix with extra fresh lime juice. In this recipe, the sweetness comes from the agave nectar but you can omit that and substitute a no calorie sweetener such as Splenda to create an even lower calorie beverage, although agave has a much better glycemic profile than table sugar. Instead of a sugary pre-mix, fresh lime juice is used as the main liquid. The orange flavor from Triple Sec can be replaced with a squeeze of a fresh orange wedge.
Makes 1 drink
Total Time: 5 minutes
• 2 ounces clear Tequila
• squirt of agave nectar (sub Splenda for less calories)
• 1 1/2 limes, divided (juice of 1 lime and 1/2 lime cut into wedges)
• 1 orange wedge (sub a splash of Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec for more calories)
Combine all ingredients over a glass of ice, except the lime wedges. You can either muddle the drink, or shake it. Pour the drink, ice and all, into a serving glass and use one of the lime wedges to rub the rim. Salt the rim, garnish with a lime wedge and squeeze any remaining wedges into the glass, then add to drink.
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