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Slimmed-Down Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

Slimmed-Down Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo

If your Cinco de Mayo celebration isn’t complete without a margarita to go along with your chips and dip, you may want to check out these low-calorie margarita makeovers so you can stay on track to get into summer shape.  Whether you plan on hosting a large gathering or just a few close friends at home, both you and your guests will appreciate being able to focus solely on the fun and not on the guilt of taking in all those extra calories.

Check out these 3 delicious margarita recipes, all for 150 calories or less, featured in one of our “Get The Skinny” articles:

(Recipes developed by Alyssa Wronkowski, Registered Dietitian and former Dietetic Intern with Elmwood Fitness Center.)

Watermelon Basil Margarita

Per drink: 150 calories, 14 grams carbohydrates, 10 grams sugar

  • 2 cups watermelon, seedless
  • 2 teaspoons Swerve Sweetener
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 3 leaves basil, and sprigs for garnish

Place watermelon, sweetener and lime juice in a blender and puree. Strain mixture into a separate container. In a cocktail shaker muddle basil with tequila. Fill shaker with ice and add watermelon mixture. Shake and pour over ice. Garnish with basil sprig.

Serving suggestion: Freeze extra watermelon to use as decorative ice cubes.

Ginger Margarita

Per drink: 110 calories, 2 grams carbohydrates, 0 sugar

  • 1 lime wedge
  • Sea salt
  • 2 ounces ginger Swerve simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1.5 ounces tequila

Using a wedge of fresh lime, rim the edge of margarita glass and dip into salt. Fill the glass with ice. In a shaker filled with ice, mix ginger simple syrup, lime juice and tequila. Strain into glass.

Ginger Swerve Simple Syrup:

  • 1 large hand of ginger, cut into coins
  • ¾ cups Swerve Sweetener
  • 1½ cups water

Heat Swerve and water in a small sauce pan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved. Remove from heat, add cut ginger to the warm liquid and steep for approximately 30 minutes. Steep longer for stronger ginger flavor. Place liquid and ginger in a blender and puree, strain and set aside.

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita

Per drink: 110 calories, 2 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram sugar

  • 1 lime wedge
  • Salt
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce Trop 50 Orange Juice
  • 1.5 ounces Swerve Simple Syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 cucumber slices
  • 1 jalapeno, halved

Using a wedge of fresh lime, rim the edge of margarita glass and dip into salt. Fill the glass with ice.

In a shaker filled with ice, mix tequila, orange juice, simple syrup, cucumber slices and jalapeno in a container. Place in the refrigerator and let steep for at least one hour. You can steep it longer for stronger flavor.

Swerve Simple Syrup:

  • ½ cup Swerve Sweetener
  • ½ cup water

Heat Swerve and water in a small sauce pan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved.

For more details on this topic, read Molly’s “Get The Skinny” article on WGNO New Orleans.       

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