A Skinny Margarita?
How Skinny is your Margarita?
A Good Spirits Margarita Recipe can have as few as 74 calories. How does that measure up?
The Housewives Skinny Margarita Recipe
The Real Housewives of New York's featured a Skinny Girl Margarita recipe. When you compare this Skinny Margarita Recipe to the Official Margarita Recipe from The International Bartenders Association (IBA) we have a hard time figuring out what makes the Housewives recipe so Skinny.
The Housewives Skinny Margarita Recipe calls for 2 oz of Clear Premium Tequila (count 1,2 while you pour, no need for measuring), a tiny splash of Orange Liquor, Juice of 4 Fresh Lime Wedges Then combine all ingredients over a glass of ice and garnish with a lime wedge.
2 oz of Tequila — count at least 128 calories 1⁄2 oz of Orange Liquor — count at least 40 calories (varies by brand) Juice of 4 lime wedges — count 8 calories Lime wedge garnish — count 3 calories
Your total is around 179 calories for a drink that will hardly fill your rocks glass. As you can see the bulk of the calories in this recipe comes from the Tequila.
And while counting 1,2 is a good start to control the amount of Tequila you are pouring it is really hard to count calories if you are not measuring.
Not measuring goes against the basic principle of understanding the caloric value of what you put in your body. If you have you ever heard the phrase "If you can't measure it you can't manage it" then you know where we are headed.
The calories in your drink are directly proportional to the calories in your ingredients so if you want control you are best to measure. With practice you can learn to "free pour" a fluid ounce or two while you are looking to keep your calories in control — use a measure.
The IBA Official Margarita Recipe
The International Bartenders Association Official Margarita Recipe calls for 3.5cl (1.18 fl oz) Tequila, 2.0 cl (0.68 fl oz) Cointreau, 1.5 cl (0.5 ounce) Fresh lemon or lime juice. Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into chilled cocktail glass rimmed with crusted salt. OK they call for less Tequila, maybe the same amount of Orange liqueur and juice - hmmmm this means the Bartenders Association recipe should be skinnier yes? Yes.
It's in the Margarita MixSo why is it most write that an average Margarita can be upwards of 700 calories. Well this often happens because a sugary sour or margarita mix is often used in addition to other ingredients. Also the larger the glass the more calories are most likely used to fill it. Jose Cuervo Margarita Mixer has 100 calories and 24 g of sugars per serving Margaritaville is the same in calories with 27g of sugar and Stirrings brand has 80 calories and 21g of sugar. If you pour one of these along with the Tequila into a mega Margarita glass it all add up.
If you want to make a Skinny Margarita Recipe control the calories you put in the drink. Use a smart mixer to blend your cocktails. It really is that simple. Cheers, and drink with Good Spirits.