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Slimmed-Down Cinco de Mayo Cocktails (Including that Margarita!)

Written on May 3, 2013 at 1:48 pm , by

Indulge without the bulge. (Photo courtesy of Tequila Herradura)

Written by Carrie Stevens, editorial intern

Plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Sunday?  Even though its signature cocktail is a potential diet disaster—one frozen margarita can contain tons of sugar and sodium, not to mention upwards of 500 calories—you can indulge without the bulge.  We enlisted Tequila Herradura to slim down some of our favorite drinks that pack the same taste for 200 calories or less.  Bottoms up!

Pineapple Serrano Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Herradura Silver
  • 3 cubic inches pineapple, diced
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 3 slices Serrano chili with seeds

Crush pineapple and chili slices in the base of a shaker with a muddler. Add cubed ice and remaining ingredients; shake hard. Strain over ice. Garnish with a chili and star Anise pod (optional).

Calories: 169

Apricot Cooler Margarita

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
  • Large bar spoon of apricot jam
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • 1/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 kumquat

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into an ice-filled old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with kumquats, apricots and a mint sprig (optional).

Calories: 156

Carrot and Cilantro Collins

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Herradura Silver
  • 1/4 oz. Cholula hot sauce
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. carrot juice
  • Large pinch of cilantro

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice.  Shake vigorously and strain through a fine sieve into a tall glass filled with cubed ice.  Garnish with a sprig of cilantro and disc of cucumber (optional).

Calories: 164

Rhythm and Beets

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Herradura Silver
  • 2 oz. carrot juice
  • 1/2 oz. ginger juice
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. beet juice
  • 1 oz. apple juice

Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with cubed ice.  Shake hard and strain into a tall glass.

Calories:185

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