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When I’m in the mood for a cocktail, this is my go-to. With no-sugar-added and zero syrups or drink mixes, it’s a healthier alternative to store-bought margarita mix.
It’s mid-February here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the gloomy, rainy weather is starting to wear on me. Yes, I know, we need the rain… that’s what everyone keeps saying and while I don’t disagree, I’m starting to miss the sun. Like, a lot.
When I get like this, my first instinct is to book a long weekend away in Cabo, but since that’s not in the cards for the time being, I like to bring a little Cabo sunshine into my meals and drinks.
When it comes to drinks, I’m typically a wine girl. It’s hard not to love wine when you live in one of the best wine regions on earth. However, as a low-carb adventurer-seeker, I have started experimenting with some sugar-free cocktails, particularly those that remind me of sunnier times and places.
The Skinny Margarita
I’m not sure if Bethany Frankel invented the skinny margarita, but she certainly cashed in on it with the Skinny Girl Margarita in a bottle. This pre-made mix was all the rage for a hot minute. Personally, I didn’t like the taste of it, and the ingredient profile was a bit of a turn off as well.
But, the idea of skinny margaritas is a good one and so is the drink recipe I’m sharing with you today. This is a little different from most of the skinny margarita recipes I’ve seen out there as it doesn’t contain agave nectar or sugar syrups. I’m confident there’s nothing ’skinny’ about sugar, so I prefer to leave it out of my cocktails. Instead, this option has a little hint of stevia to sweeten it up.
The thing about stevia
I know, it’s an acquired taste. But you know what? I would love for you to acquire it. Once you do, your taste buds will never know the difference and you’ll be saving yourself all kinds of insulin spikes and cellulite. You with me?
Let’s drink to that!
The Ultimate Sugar-free Skinny Margarita
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1.5 ounces tequila
- .5 ounce grand mariner
- 1 tablespoon lime
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit juice
- 1 splash of grapefruit flavored seltzer
- 1/4 tsp stevia
- Salt for the rim
- Garnish with lime or something different, like cucumber slices!
- Line the rim of your glass with a little lime juice to make it a little sticky, then salt the rim. It’s easiest to put the salt on a small plate, then dip the rim of the glass into it.
- Add everything but the salt and the seltzer into a shaker cup and give it a good shake.
- Add contents of the shaker to your glass and then add then seltzer water. Trust me, you don't want to shake seltzer water - that doesn't end well.
- Add seltzer to your taste. If you don't like tart drinks, add more water. If you like tart, strong flavors, add less.
- Bottoms up!
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.