National Margarita Day – Salud

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Happy National Margarita Day - Salud.

It seems to me that everyone (of drinking age) had a tequila story: a memorial experience with this beverage that may or not be told in the first person… Today is National Margarita Day, the only way I can enjoy tequila as an experienced adult.

A margarita is 1 ounce of tequila, ½ ounce triple sec and the juice of one lime, served with or without ice in a salted rim glass. Consumed this way = 100 calories.

But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a low-calorie beverage every time you have one! Go to a restaurant and things change dramatically, especially if you choose a frozen/blended margarita. For example, according to the Red Lobster website, a Traditional Lobsteria® contains 890 calories. Granted this is a large volume, but I know they are very popular.

One local New Mexican restaurant offers a “signature” 44 ounce margarita on the rocks, as well as a very popular coconut margarita complete with a coconut rimmed glass (no salt here) held on with honey. There are as many variations on the margarita today as there are stories about who invented it.

I am often considered a downer when it comes to these issues of mentioning how many calories are in certain foods. I don’t randomly tell people that they about to suck down half their calories for the day through their straw. I offer the information so people can make informed decisions about their choices.  Just thinking of “pitcher” night at Chelsea’s back in the day… all these people with their own pitcher with a straw. Blissfully unaware.

Of course I enjoy a blended beverage on occasion – even the high calorie ones. (Just wait for Pina Colada Day on July 10.) If I didn’t know any better, I would have these drinks more often, but it isn’t worth having to burn an estimated extra 500 calories from an alcoholic drink. Once in a while is fine with me.

You do get health benefits from consuming a shot of spirits, including tequila, rum, vodka, gin, etc., but I always remind people there are still calories in there, and generally the extra (excess) calories come from the mixers.

To your health – Salud.

Here are links to four of favorite “margarita” recipes:

Margarita Salmon

Margarita Braised Chicken Thighs

Margarita Angel Cake

Salty Chihuahua


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