Diet Margarita Recipe, The Perfect Skinny Margarita

The 22nd of February is National Margarita Day. But if you’re on a diet or simply trying to stay fit and healthy you may think you will never be able to enjoy a sweet tasting, fruity cocktail again.

The Truth about Traditional Cocktails

Cocktails are basically a mix of spirits and other alcoholic drinks, sugar, flavorings and other ingredients such as milk or fruit/fruit juice. All of these compounds are quite bad for you and when put together they are a bomb of calories and destructive to your health. Usually the issue with drinking alcohol is not only the alcohol itself but also the sugary, chemically flavored mixers that we consume in large quantities.

History of the Margaritas

There are many stories as to the origin of the cocktail itself and most include a bartender and a girl named Margarita. Some claim that it originated from Mexico and others say it was invented by an American bartender who visited Mexico often and was inspired by those travels. It is believed to have been invented between 1938 and 1948 and the first official recipe was published in December 1953 in Esquire and it consisted of an ounce of tequila, a dash of triple sec and the juice of half a lime or lemon.

As much as the original recipe seems simple and organic enough, nowadays the fancier varieties have gained popularity. A mix of frozen fruit puree such as mango or strawberry has become fashionable and create refreshing flavors and beautiful colors. But what are the real nutrition facts behind this yummy cocktail. It is fruit after all, so it must be good for you?

Margaritas can have as many as a staggering 700 calories in just one serving! They are a mix of tequila, lemon, lime (or strawberry puree) and a sugary syrup. There’s usually a bit of salt or sugar on the rim of the glass, which adds to this cocktail’s already high calories, sodium, alcohol and sugar.

Enjoy the Healthy Version in Moderation

Just because you are trying to stick to a healthy diet doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived. With National Margarita Day approaching fast try these healthier and lighter alternatives.

  1. Keep it simple – the less artificial additives, the better. Skip the flavored syrups and stick to fruit and natural flavorings. You can substitute sugary syrups with stevia.
  2. Watch out the tequila portions – alcohol is bad for your health and full of ‘empty’ calories so the less in your margarita the better. Try using some sort of measuring cups or shot glasses not to over pour. You will cut down extra calories and avoid an unnecessary hangover.
  3. If you like a margarita with a twist add fresh or frozen fruit to the blender but bear in mind strawberries are significantly lower in calories and sugar that mangoes.

If you have been convinced to try out a healthier version of a margarita check out these ‘Skinny Margarita’ recipes – quick and yummy!

The Best Skinny Margarita Recipe

The Skinny Orange Margarita

A slightly sweeter alternative to lime

1 1/2 ounces Tequila Avión

3/4 ounce Cointreau Orange Liqueur

1 ounce blood orange juice

1/2 part fresh sour mix

1 orange twist, for garnish

*214 calories

 

The Skinny Strawberry Peach Margarita

The taste of summer

5-6 frozen strawberries

half a ripe peach, peeled and chopped

2 ounces tequila

4 crushed ice cubes

dash of sparkling water

*121 calories per serving

As with anything, the trick is moderation! Make yourself 1 skinny margarita and enjoy...