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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo With 5 Guilt-Free Cocktails

Written on May 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm , by

Written by Jordan Clifford, editorial intern

It’s fiesta time! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo without the next-day, calorie-ridden guilt. We’ve got five deliciously low-cal sips that are sure to please. While margaritas are the traditional way to start the party, we’ve got a great mix to appease all your different taste buds. So grab your sombrero and enjoy!

Herradura Margarita
Calories: 134 per serving

  • 1 ½ oz. Herradura Reposado
  • ¾ oz. triple sec
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice
  • Salt (optional)

Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a glass frosted with salt and enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of Tequila Herradura

Bohemia Sangrita

Calories: 70 per serving

  • ¾ cup pomegranate juice, cold
  • ¾ cup Bohemia beer, cold
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate (thawed but not diluted)
  • 2 teaspoons Chipotle Hot Sauce

Combine ingredients in a small pitcher. Mix well. Serve in small cordial or shot glasses alongside a separate glass of high-quality tequila blanco. Enjoy by alternately sipping the sangrita and tequila. 

Recipe courtesy of Tequila Herradura

Zona Rosa
Calories: 200 per serving

  • 2 parts Milagro Silver
  • 3/4 part Agave Nectar
  • 1 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 Strawberry (sliced)
  • 1/2 Kiwi (sliced)
  • 2 Basil Leaves

Combine Milargro Silver, agave nectar and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake and strained into an ice-filled highball glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with strawberry, kiwi and basil. Consider adding three dashes of rhubarb bitters.

Recipe courtesy of Milagro Tequila

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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

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Slim Down Your Cinco De Mayo Spread

Written on May 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm , by

Guac that won’t wreck your waistline. Ole! (Photo by Paul Elledge, courtesy of W.W. Norton & Company, Inc)

Written by Carrie Stevens, editorial intern

Fruity margaritas, creamy guacamole, crunchy chips…there’s a reason Cinco de Mayo is such a popular holiday!  We love Mexican fare (and plan to fully fiesta), but the high calorie content can be a real party pooper.  To keep our waistlines and tastebuds happy, we consulted Rick Bayless’ new cookbook, Frontera, full of unique spins on classic Mexican recipes.  Here are just a few delicious ways to slim down and spice up that classic chip dip.

Grilled Corn and Poblano Guacamole

Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium white onion, sliced crosswise into 3 rounds
  • A little olive or vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • 1 small ear of fresh corn, husked and cleaned of silk
  • 1 fresh poblano chile
  • 3 ripe medium-large avocadoes
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Mexican fresh cheese (queso fresco) or other fresh cheese, like salted pressed farmer’s cheese or goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh epazote (or cilantro)

Directions

Heat a gas grill to medium. Lightly brush both sides of the onion slices with oil, sprinkle with salt and lay on the grill. Oil the corn and lay it beside the onion. Grill corn and onion 4 to 5 minutes per side,. Roast the poblano for 5 to 7 minutes, turning evenly until blackened.

Remove onion and chop into 1/4-inch pieces. Cut kernels off the cob..  Rub the blackened skin off the poblano, pull out and discard the stem and seed pod. Tear open and briefly rinse to remove stray seedss. Cut into 1/4-inch pieces.

Halve avocadoes and remove pit, scooping the flesh from one avocado into a large bowl. Scoop flesh from the other two onto a cutting board and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Mash the avocado that’s in the bowl.

Pour diced avocado into the mashed avocado bowl, along with the grilled onion, corn, poblano and 2 tablespoons of fresh cheese. Sprinkle with lime juice and epazote, then gently stir mixture.  Taste and season with salt. Cover with plastic wrap pressed directly on the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate.

When ready to serve, sprinkle with remaining cheese.

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