The Lighter Side of Cinco de Mayo {TKT}

Hola, mis amigas! Just getting in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, or Cinco de Drinko as we used to call it in college! ha! These days, I still love to celebrate the holiday, just a bit differently- the lighter side of Cinco de Mayo if you will. Seemed only appropriate that this Test-Kitchen Tuesday, I create a fresh, light margarita!Do you guys have any fun, exciting plans for the night?


As for us, we’ll be giving this fine Taco Tuesday a healthy spin as usual, with an even more special twist (<– hint: that’ a lime pun. haha). I love a good theme night, and I especially love a good signature cocktail. We don’t imbibe all that often, and when I do I usually default a good ol’ glass of red wine, so the chance to get creative is always fun. For this Test-Kitchen Tuesday,  I wanted a healthy take on the classic Cinco de Drinko of choice- the margarita- so I set to work creating a yummy recipe. What I came up with up is fresh and tangy, with a hint of salt and a spicy kick! You read that right, its a skinny margarita with the heat turned up! No sugary mixes here, just fresh-squeezed citrus, good quality tequila, and of course some fresh jalapeno if you like. This would pair perfectly with my Chile Rellenos for the perfect, festive meal!!

Muy bueno!

Muy bueno!

Skinny Margarita {with the Heat Turned Up}

yields 4 cocktails


  • 6 ounces clear tequila, such as Patron
  • juice of 3 limes
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 12 ounces soda water (optional)*
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, sliced into 8 thin slices (optional)
  • Agave nectar or stevia, to taste
  • cayenne & salt for the rim, if desired

* I like the fizz of the soda water, but for a more traditional marg, simply omit. Note that the drink will be stronger.


  • Combine all ingredients, except for salt, in a large shaker or pitcher. Mix well.
  • If rimming the glasses, rub a slice of lime around each rim. On a small plate, combine course ground slat with a dash of cayenne, and dip each rim into the mixture.
  • Pour into prepared glasses. Float jalapeno slices into the drink, muddling slightly if desired.

I hope you guys will give this a try and let me know what you thought. Feel free to post a pic in the comment, or tag me on instagram @brettmarie.

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