Cinco de Mayo is Saturday. Besides sombreros, nachos and Mexican independence, margaritas are a big factor in the celebration. But margaritas have a notorious reputation for being ridden with calories.
A friend asked me on Facebook, “Do you have any “skinny” margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo?!”
The term skinny girl became famous because of a recipe bottled by Bethenny Frankel, one of the cast members of The Real Housewives of New York. Her margarita mix, priced at $19, claimed to have no preservatives and its only two ingredients were agave nectar and tequila.
However, last year Whole Foods yanked it from their shelves after finding that the recipe also contained sodium benzoate, according to a New York Post article. Sodium benzoate is a preservative that extends the shelf life of products by inhibiting the growth of mold and yeast. It is not known to be harmful, however, it is currently being studied.
So what is the best way to make a margarita that is all natural and fewer calories.
- 2 ounces silver tequila
- 1 1/2 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 ounce agave nectar
If you don’t want to use agave nectar, substitute it with splenda, orange juice or sugar-free triple sec.