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A few days ago I came across a delightful recipe for orange-lime margaritas by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere (recipe here). I wanted to try these so badly, but I’m trying to watch my calorie intake in an attempt to get in shape for my upcoming wedding. Furthermore, I just saw an episode of Dr. Oz where he said margaritas are one of the worst cocktails calorically because of all the added sugar from the triple sec and Grand Marnier (both are orange-flavored liqueurs). So I set out to create a lighter, but still delicious version of Emily’s margarita. To keep the orange flavor while slashing the calories, I replaced the triple sec and the Grand Marnier with the zest of one orange and the juice from the whole orange (not just a half as called for in Emily’s version). Here’s my modified recipe:
-1 orange (zest and juice)
-2 packets calorie-free truvia
-2 oz tequila
Zest the orange and add the zest to a cocktail shaker. Juice the orange and both limes into the shaker. Add 2 packets of truvia, 2 oz tequila, and one cup of ice. Shake for 30-ish seconds to make sure the truvia dissovles completely and the ingredients blend well. I didn’t shake mine long enough, so all the truvia granules settled to the bottom of the glass, making for an extremely tart drink! Strain into a glass with fresh ice cubes and garnish with a slice of lime or orange. If you like salt on your glass, before you fill it rub the rim of the glass with a slice of lime, then roll the edge of the glass in the margarita salt.