Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and summer is right behind it.... meaning it is time for cool, crisp, refreshing beverages to enjoy with family and friends. Whether you are serving these at an outdoor BBQ with family, or for you and a friend by the pool, or even the non-alcoholic version for the kids, these lower calorie margaritas are sure to be the perfect summer hit!
Classic margaritas can have over 700 calories in each glass! This skinny version uses fresh limes in place of a sugary pre-made mix from a bottle, to cut calories and sugar, and add to the fresh, crisp taste. Instead of adding Triple Sec or Cointreau, a sugary liquor, the trick to the perfect margarita is to use a little squeeze from a fresh orange wedge instead. This seriously makes all the difference in the world.
The drink is sweetened with a little bit of natural agave nectar and finished with a little salt around the rim and a lime for garnish, creating the perfect skinny margarita. Serve these up with some of my easy, fresh homemade guacamole with carrot sticks, to continue the skinny theme, and indulge without all the guilt and calories! I dyed my salt green by shaking it in a baggie with some green food coloring, for a more festive touch :)
Yield: 1 serving
- kosher salt (I dyed mine green by shaking it in a baggie with some green food coloring)
- ice cubes
- 1 shot (1.5oz) tequila, white, silver or blanco
- 3 tablespoons (1.5oz) fresh lime juice (about 1½-2 small limes)*
- 2 tablespoons (1oz) fresh orange juice*
- 1-2 teaspoons agave (light or regular)
- lime slice, for garnish
- replace tequila with soda water or sprite
Pour a layer of salt onto a small bowl or plate. Run the wet edge of a sliced lime around the rim of a glass and dip into the salt.
Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange juice and agave and shake for 30 seconds. Add ice cubes to your glass and strain the liquid into the glass, being careful not to let the liquid wipe off the salted rim. Garnish with a slice of lime.
*To get the most juice from your limes and oranges, roll the fruit back and forth on the counter, pressing slightly, then place them in the microwave for about 10 seconds, before cutting in half lengthwise and juicing.