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.
Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail
Makes 1 drink, easily doubles for two
2 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 1 orange)
1 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 1/2 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
If you like your drinks really tart, reduce or leave out the pineapple juice
One cocktail is about 150 calories