Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail

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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!

Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail - just 150 calories! Plenty of room for dessert;-)

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.

Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail - just 150 calories! Plenty of room for dessert;-)

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.

Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail - just 150 calories! Plenty of room for dessert;-)

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!

Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail - just 150 calories! Plenty of room for 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

Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail - just 150 calories! Plenty of room for dessert;-)


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16 Responses to “Skinny Spicy Tequila Cocktail”

  1. DessertForTwo July 30, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    YUM! I’m a huge spicy cocktail fan! This ones look great!

    And yes, 10 cookies wins for me, too!

    • Keep It Sweet August 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

      I wish we could have cocktails and cookies together!

  2. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 30, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    omg it’s practically lunch time so it’s totally acceptable to have one, right? Yum!

  3. Tracey July 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    Haha, I’m the same way with drinking – I would SO much rather save my calories for dessert! These spicy cocktails do sound awesome though, and since they’re skinny I think I could justify one!

  4. Audra | The Baker Chick July 30, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    This is cruel! I love all margaritas but a SKINNY one? Please say you’ll have one waiting for me in February ;)

  5. Sarah | The Sugar Hit July 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

    I’m not a huge drinker either (like one drink every few months), so I totally can relate! A skinnier option sounds great!

  6. Joanne August 1, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    You and I have the exact same mentality towards drinking! Which is obviously one of the many reasons why I love you. :P Also…you created this beautiful cocktail with a hint of spice. AND I have a bottle of jalapeno vodka in my cabinets as well. Perfection.

  7. cquek August 1, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    great cocktail, time for me to have a glass and relax.

  8. Kim - Liv Life August 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    You had me laughing out loud!! I’m too old for the awkward pregnant questions, and now people just stare awkwardly and it’s more like “Oh… she was probably an alcoholic or something” thought. Like you though, I’m just a lightweight, and yep, give me a dozen (lol!) cookies any day over a cocktail. But when I do cocktail, it’s tequila and margaritas. LOVE, LOVE love this recipe!!!

    • Keep It Sweet August 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      Haha who knew it was such a big deal to not have a drink? Sounds like we would have a good time together at happy hour!

  9. Valerie August 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Oh, I’ll have three, please! :D I adore spice in my drinks too.

  10. Nutmeg nanny August 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    I’m always ready for a delicious cocktail! This looks fantastic :)

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