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Classic Margarita

May/June 2012

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This skinny margarita recipe saves 150 calories compared to traditional margarita recipes made with syrupy-sweet margarita mix and gets back to the basics—fresh lime juice, tequila and Triple Sec are all you need. Adding lime zest to the salt rim gives great flavor and cuts the salt in half.


Classic Margarita

Makes: 4 servings, about 2/3 cup each

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
  • 1 cup seltzer or club soda
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) tequila
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • Ice

Preparation

  1. Combine lime zest and salt on a small plate. Combine lime juice, seltzer (or club soda), tequila and Triple Sec (or Cointreau) in a pitcher. Rub the rim of four 10-ounce glasses with the lime wedge and dip in the lime-salt. Fill the glasses with ice and top with the margarita mixture.

Nutrition

Per serving: 181 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 9 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 101 mg sodium; 40 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (15% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (other), 1 oz alcohol


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Recipe Categories

Ethnic/Regional
Southwest
Mexican
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Health & Diet Considerations
Low carbohydrate
Gluten free
Preparation/ Technique
No-cook
Meal/Course
Appetizers
Season
Spring
Summer
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
15 minutes or less
Servings
4
Publication
May/June 2012
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