Margaritas are the ultimate hot-weather, good-time cocktail. But they also pack a big caloric punch. Depending on the size and ingredients, many top out around 500 calories! It’s no wonder low-calorie margarita mixes are popping up in liquor stores everywhere. But do they taste as good as the real thing?
To answer that question, about 25 iVillagers participated in a blind tasting of some of the biggest names in margarita mixes, including Skinnygirl, Jose Cuervo, Tommy’s, Master of Mixes and Stirrings. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. In our very unscientific survey, we sampled a range of products: low-cal mixers that contain alcohol, low-cal mixers without alcohol and low-cal, all-natural mixers. Calorie counts ranged from 100 to zero (yes, zero).
When alcohol wasn’t already present in the mixers, we added Jose Cuervo Special Gold tequila according to each brand’s instructions (to the best of our ability—many drinks were consumed!). We did not add ice, salt, Triple Sec or Cointreau, although some of the manufacturers do recommend that.
Read on to find out what we liked and didn’t like!