DIY Cocktails: Here's An Easy Way To Make A Low Calorie Margarita

by Leeor Bronis

There are two kinds of Margaritas in this world: The sugary, over-indulgent glorified Jamba Juice kind, and its arch nemesis, the naturally flavored, low-calorie one.

In the summer, we regularly order frozen cocktails, but they can be risky. Most of the time, bar margaritas are loaded with bottled sour mix, which contain tons of sugar and usually a minuscule amount of tequila. At over 400 calories a pop, these tangy Mexican drinks can pack on the muffin top faster than it takes to cure your hangover.

If you're looking to cool off by the pool without drowning in a sea of sugar, make it your own way. By combining natural, raw and unrefined ingredients like freshly squeezed lime and organic agave nectar, your marg will never exceed 170 calories. Go ahead and lush out, you deserve it.

Ingredients: 1-ounce grand mariner, 1.5-ounce silver tequila, juice of two limes, 1 tablespoon agave nectar, lime slice for garnish

Combine all ingredients (apart from the lime slice) in a cocktail shaker and strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with lime slice; salt rim optional.