A Poor Man’s Margarita

by Justin D'Olier on January 14, 2011 | Comments Off on A Poor Man’s Margarita |

The margarita is an incredibly simple beverage: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. That’s it.

It is easy to prepare, comparatively low in calories because of its lack of sugary mixers, light, refreshing and delicious. Unfortunately, this simplicity also forces you to use high quality ingredients, because no one wants to sip on a glass of Jose Cuervo. Jose Cuervo wouldn’t drink straight Jose Cuervo (unless, of course, it’s Platino or La Familia, which are scrumtrulescent). This is a bigger problem with Margaritas than other simple drinks like a Manhattan or a Martini because good Tequila is expensive.

Glowing Margarita

Thus far, 2010 is looking like the year of the Margarita

If you can’t afford expensive tequila, you can compensate with a bottled Margarita mix or, heaven forbid, buy pre-mixed Margaritas – but those are far more caloric than an original margarita and cloying to the point of offense, like the stripper perfume of cocktail sweetness.

So, what’s a Margarita-lover to do when they crave the refreshing simplicity of their favorite tequila laden concoction without the smacky sweetness and caloric overhead of store bought mix?

Diet 7-Up.

The Wine Pixie and stumbled across the idea by matter of necessity, trying to figure out a drink she could make with the few, limited mixers we have at our disposal. It was a complete revelation. The 7-Up sufficiently masks the flavor of the tequila without imparting undue sweetness and gives the drink and crisp and refreshing after-taste. Glory, glory, hallelujah.

The Wine Pixie and I played around with the idea and ended up with a quick and simple twist to the classic Margarita, which pairs perfectly well with cheap ingredients.


A Poor Man’s Margarita

1 1/2 oz Cheap Tequila
.75 oz Triple Sec
Juice from one small/medium sized lime
2 oz Diet 7-up

Fill an old fashioned glass with crushed ice. Pour in tequila, triple sec and lime juice and top with 7-up. Put on some reggae, calypso or your favorite Jimmy Buffett album, kick your feet up and enjoy.

(Note: This recipe is totally flexible. Want more bite? Add more tequila. Need more orange flavor? Increase the triple sec. No matter what you do, let us know how it goes!)

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