Skinny Margaritas – for one or for a crowd

I started out March saying this would be the month I explored new Chinese and Asian recipes and it ended up being a month where I made copious amounts of Mexican food, per usual.  Beyond the guacamole, chicken fajitas and turkey enchiladas (posts forthcoming) I threw a margarita into the mix.  

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While margaritas are really delicious and refreshing they tend to pack a serious number of calories.  Look up the nutrition facts online and you’ll see some stats in the neighborhood of 200 calories… but that’s for a relatively small serving.  A more normal restaurant serving could run you 400-500 calories or more!  Yikes.  The Skinny Girl cocktail line of beverages sells a mean tasting “Skinny Margarita” but with hardly any of the hard stuff – mostly just sugar and water.  So while there certainly are bottled versions of pre-mixed margaritas for sale at the store, they tend to be overly full of sugar, or lack any real booze, neither of which cuts it for me.   

Tequila used to be a serious aversion of mine until I discovered the white stuff – silver tequila, that is. Most people think of gold tequila which is your typical bar pour – the only difference between the two is that the silver tequila is aged in steel up to two months and the gold tequila is un-aged silver tequila and flavored with caramel.  Somehow those two little differences add up to a big flavor change.  Use whichever you prefer in this recipe but know that I think it’s better with silver.

 This margarita is really easy to make for a single drink or a pitcher for a crowd – see recipes below for both.  This recipe takes the margarita back to the basics – tequila, lime and a little soda water.  The total calorie count comes in at just over a 100 while still delivering on the flavors and booze of the fully-loaded original.

 

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Skinny Margarita for One
Serves 1
A delicious and light margarita cocktail
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 jigger shot white tequila (1.5oz)
  2. 2T prepared orange, lemon or lime juice (want something with sugar – this is the only sweetener)
  3. Zest of 1/2 lime
  4. Juice of 1/2 lime
  5. Splash of soda water or diet 7up
  6. 1 cup ice
Instructions
  1. Fill a martini shaker with ice.
  2. Add one shot white tequila.
  3. Add 2T. orange juice, lemon juice or limeade.
  4. Add the zest of ½ a lime, then squeeze in the ½ lime’s juice.
  5. Add a splash of soda water or diet 7up.
  6. Shake, then pour liquid and ice into a glass.
  7. Garnish with a large lime peel.
Notes
  1. This recipe makes one cocktail at roughly 110 calories.
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Skinny Margarita for a Crowd
Serves 10
A delicious and light margarita cocktail to serve a crowd
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white tequila
  2. 1 1/4 cup prepared orange, lemon or lime juice
  3. Zest of 3 limes
  4. Juice of 5 limes
  5. 1 cup soda water or diet 7up
  6. 6 cups ice
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, add 6 cups of ice.
  2. Pour tequila and juice into the pitcher.
  3. Add zest and juice of the limes.
  4. Pour in the soda water or Diet 7up.
  5. Stir gently to mix, pour into glasses to serve.
  6. Garnish with lime wedges or twists.
Notes
  1. This recipe makes a large pitcher of margaritas, with one cocktail at roughly 110 calories. If desired, mix all ingredients in the pitcher then pulse in a blender to make blended margaritas rather than served over ice.
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Cranberry Pomegranate White Wine Spritzer

White wine spritzer?  What is this?  A 1950’s summer garden party?

Bear with me!  I know it’s a bit throwback but there’s a reason this drink has survived through the decades.  It’s cool, refreshing, and bubbly.  Throw in a little vodka and a splash of juice and you’ve got yourself a winner.

My best friend served a variation of this at my 30th birthday party last summer and people couldn’t get enough.  And then probably got too much, but that’s a different story.

Read on for details on mixing up this tasty cocktail refreshment…

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Cranberry Pomegranate Wine Spritzer
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Bryna Krentz
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Serves: 1
Sparkling, refreshing with a touch of berries – this wine spritzer is fun to drink any time of year.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 shot Vodka (1oz)
  • 2 shots Wine (4oz)
  • 2 shots Sparkling Water (4oz)
  • 1 shot Cranberry Pomegranate Juice (2oz)
Instructions
  1. Fill a large cocktail glass with ice.
  2. Pour vodka, wine, sparkling water and juice over ice. Stir gently.
  3. Top with raspberries, if desired.