Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita – The Lighter Side of Cinco de Mayo

Ok guess what?  It’s Cinco de Mayo time!  Yeah, you all know what that means, drink margarita’s, eat chips and salsa, and don’t forget tacos!!!  If you know me, you know I love Mexican food so this is one holiday I celebrate more than once a year – most weeks I aim for at least once a week – I said I love Mexican!
Anyway, this holiday gives you a free pass to all this awesome food and drink.  So here ya go… my go-to margarita that is pretty low in calories.

 

Ok, my first disclaimer is that I really don’t measure things out. For the sake of this, I will do my best to give you some solid directions.  I usually just pour away and it just works out (lol – I like to drink did I mention that?)..  This one has been tested over and over.  I can promise that!

 

For just one?  Ok, thats dumb.  We all know you need more than one, but here it is.  You do the math and make a batch!
  • Cut up a few pieces of jalapeño and cucumber  and put them in the bottom of a glass and muddle away – in other words smash the heck out of it in the bottom of the glass.
  • Fill glass with lots of ice
  • 2 oz of Tequila – yes two – I like to taste it!  I use 100% pure agave EL ESPOLON Tequila Resposado!  Any tequila that you like will do.
  • 3-4 oz of lemonade – for low cal go with Minute Made Light (get it in the refrigerated section of the grocery store – it just tastes fresher).  You can also use the Minute Made Light can in the soda section of the grocery store.
  • 1-2 oz of seltzer – just plain ol’ seltzer – no calories in here gives a little fizz and tones down the sweetness.  This is only a suggestion, can go without it too!
  • Half of a squeezed lime – you heard me half – they are cheap use them!!
  • Put in a shaker or stir the crap out of it – enjoy your low cal version!
Now, lets talk about this beauty of a product I found!
Trader Joe's Organic Jalapeño Limeade
My new find at Trader Joe’s, Organic Jalapeño Limeade.   It’s awesome and takes a step out of making your  Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita.
 Instead of smashing jalapeño’s (if your lazy like I am sometimes)  buy this beauty in the picture.  Skip the cucumber and the jalapeño muddling, add some seltzer to make it less caloric, a fresh squeeze of lime, obviously the tequila, and ice – shake or stir and BOOM YUM!  No mess, no fuss.
BEWARE:  Minute Made Light is 15 calories and the Jalapeño Limeade is 100 calories per 8 oz.  Let me ask you this!  Do you really care on Cinco De Mayo?  The correct answer is NO!  Just care more on a regular basis.
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