This cocktail is citrusy, spicy and best of all skinny. At only 150 calories per drink, you will still have plenty of room for ice cream!
I’m actually not a huge drinker. Most of my friends know that, but when I go out with someone new I always get the awkward “is she pregnant” stare. Ahem, a few people have actually come out and asked. Yeah, not recommended for starting conversation with someone you just met.
One of the main reasons I don’t drink often is the calories. Would I like a bazillion calorie margarita or 10 cookies? Cookies, obviously. Crazy mudslide drink or ice cream sundae? The ice cream sundae will always win. You get the point. When I do have a drink or two or three (who am I kidding, I am a lightweight), I usually go for a glass of wine or something simple and light like vodka soda with extra lime. Luckily I never really liked super sweet drinks so that all works for me.
About a year ago I had my first spicy cocktail. Since then, I have never looked back. Give me a drink menu that mentions spicy, jalapeno or cayenne and I will have a hard time saying no. Those drinks with a little heat are kind of addicting.
Anyway, when my sister moved out a couple of weeks ago, she conveniently left behind an almost-full bottle of jalapeno tequila. Well, twist my arm why don’t you! I couldn’t resist putting it to use in a skinny cocktail that satisfied my drink cravings. And you know what the skinny cocktail means? I still get dessert!
This particular drink was inspired by a spicy margarita I ordered (sans sugar) at Jessica’s going away party at Hudson Common. They used just a touch of orange and lime juice to balance out the tequila. In my version I added a splash of pineapple juice since my orange was a tad lackluster.
- 2 fluid ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 1 orange)
- 1 fluid ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice (about ½ lime)
- 1 fluid ounce pineapple juice
- 1½ fluid ounces jalapeno tequila (I used Tanteo)
- Pour orange juice, lime juice, pineapple and tequila into a shaker over ice
- Shake well for 15 seconds
- Strain into glass(es) filled with ice
- Garnish with lime and serve
One cocktail is about 150 calories