A Perfectly Light Margarita

Last week I left you with a burrito bowl for the weekend.  This time I am leaving you with a perfect cocktail to round out that meal.  This drink has been requested by my husband, myself, and a few family members lately.  It is so easy, simple, and about as light as you can get with a margarita.  I just know you are going to love it!



2 ounces Tequila

1 ounce Triple Sec

Minute Maid 15 calorie lemonade

Lemon or Lime LaCroix (or other sparkling water)


I’m a lazy bartender and that makes things easier for me.  I usually just fill a stemless wineglass with 4-5 cubes of ice.  Then count to four as you pour tequila in (I am a fan of a heavy pour when it comes to any drink).  Add two counts of triple sec.  Or you can simply do 2 parts tequila to 1 part triple sec.  Fill most of the remainder of your glass with lemonade and then add a splash of sparkling water.

The thing I like about this is that you can be your own bartender.  Do you like your margarita with a bit more kick in it?  Add a touch more tequila and go easy on the lemonade.  Prefer a lighter drink?  Go easy on the tequila and add more lemonade and sparkling water.

The sparkling water gives this a crisp and fresh finish.  And the best part is that you are skipping the margarita mix and tossing out all of those extra and unnecessary sugary additives.  You’ll never even notice!

Make it a mock-tail!  I loved this when I was pregnant because I still felt like I was joining in the summer cocktail fun.  In a stemless wine glass add 4-5 ice cubes.  Pour 2/3 lemon or lime sparkling water and then 1/3 lemonade.  It is almost as good as the real thing!



Make it a Michigan Margarita!  Up here in Northwest Michigan we are known for cherries.  You may recall that we ran a race at the National Cherry Festival earlier this summer.  A few years ago we went to the most incredible food and wine pairing at the local culinary school.  Local vineyards brought their wines to be paired with various cuisines with cherry products (our favorite ended up being brats topped with cherry sauerkraut).  One vendor did a Michigan Margarita by adding a splash of Cherry liquer.  It was fantastic and a perfect twist.

What is your favorite drink to play bartender with?

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day holiday in the U.S. and a great weekend wherever you are!

One More Holiday Cocktail

Before I leave you all for the Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to add one more holiday cocktail.  Funny enough, I don’t drink a lot of cocktails.  So I am not sure where my inner bartender has been coming from lately.

I was at Target last week and came across Silk Almond Nog.  I have always liked egg nog, but not so thrilled about what it has in it.  However, I love almond milk.  And at 45 calories a cup, this stuff went right into my grocery cart (I have serious issues at Target).

Rock isn’t a huge fan of nog but I encouraged him to give this a try because the flavor is much more subtle than traditional egg nog and also has that great nutty flavor that comes with almond milk.  He agreed that this stuff was a definite winner.

My mom and I started thinking of fun ways to add this to the holiday menu and she suggested adding some brandy.  My dad’s side of the family likes to sip on brandy in crystal snifters.  I don’t see them doing it much anymore but when special occasions come around, it seems to reappear.  Rock also thought substituting the brandy for whiskey would make a nice holiday drink as well.

Spiked Almond Nog:

1/2 cup almond nog

1-2 ounces of brandy or whiskey

Nutmeg or Cinnamon



Rim the edge of your cocktail glass with a nutmeg and sugar or cinnamon and sugar mix.  I went with nutmeg.  Pour in the nog and brandy.  Sip and enjoy!

I also love this recipe because I have all sorts of fun vintage cocktail glasses that never get used.  This is a great excuse to start pulling out those fun glasses.

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.  Happy running to anyone doing a Turkey Trot!