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
YUM! I’m a huge spicy cocktail fan! This ones look great!
And yes, 10 cookies wins for me, too!
I wish we could have cocktails and cookies together!
omg it’s practically lunch time so it’s totally acceptable to have one, right? Yum!
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!
I love that we are on the same page:-)
This is cruel! I love all margaritas but a SKINNY one? Please say you’ll have one waiting for me in February ;)
Putting it on my calendar!!
I’m not a huge drinker either (like one drink every few months), so I totally can relate! A skinnier option sounds great!
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.
great cocktail, time for me to have a glass and relax.
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!!!
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!
Oh, I’ll have three, please! :D I adore spice in my drinks too.
I’m always ready for a delicious cocktail! This looks fantastic :)