Margarita #12: Skinny Pomarita

A lot of people ask me about “skinny” drinks — how to make regular cocktails with less calories or whether I buy premixed lower calorie versions. I love to cook and I love to drink.  I love butter and bacon and cream and sugar and all things that make rabbit food delicious. The same goes with my cocktails.  The real deal is always better, by more than a long shot. That said, I am a very health conscious person.  If I ate a fat filled meal every day and drank cocktails and wine every night, I’d be as big as a house!  Instead, I run, swim, bike, do pushups and the like, and if you caught my Facebook post, my personal fitness goal is to do a “plank” for the entire Hall & Oates “Maneater” song. I eat LOTS of fresh fruits and vegetables (and not just in my cocktails!). So, you’d think I’d be all about “skinny” versions of everything. What I prefer is to load up on all of the good stuff, so that when I have a special meal or have a cocktail (only a few times a week, mind you), I can truly enjoy it.  Having a glass of wine, beer, or cocktail is never about getting tipsy or drinking all night long for me, it is all about enjoying the marvelous flavors. But, if you do want to cut back on the calories, a few simple tips are:

  • Use only fresh juices — mixes are loaded with sugar and calories
  • Halve your liquor amount — cut your drink’s calories in half by using less liquor or just making a more petite drink and savoring it slowly
  • Use lower calorie mixers — I love drinks that use club soda; and use Sprite Zero in my Skinny Pomarita, for example
  • Use sugar sparingly — be stingy on any simple syrup used in a drink; you can try a sugar substitute, but I personally do not like the taste in my drinks; you might be surprised that after a while you get used to drinks which are not so sweet

Skinny Margarita

1 ounce tequila

1 ounce pomegranate juice

3 ounces Sprite Zero

Mix tequila and pomegranate juice in a shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  Top with Sprite Zero (or your favorite lemon-lime low calorie soda).



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