Friday, May 20, 2011

Lean Libation: Rachael's Grapefruit Margarita

It's Friday! Who is ready for an escape to Margaritaville?!?! If I can get a Grapefruit Margarita can bet I'm in! There's nothin' better than a good margarita, but sometimes they are so sweet that I can only have one (some would argue that may not be a bad thing). Well regardless, I would like to enjoy a couple. With this recipe, the margaritas are so light and refreshing that you almost have to pour a second. I absolutely recommend this beverage for the next time you decide to kick back and relax this summer. A long, hot day = time for a grapefruit margarita!

Serves 2


Combine the first 4 ingredients in a blender (that's everything but the mint).

Blend. Stir in mint leaves and pour into margarita glasses. Garnish with an orange slice and mint leaves.

I love a great margarita, but sometimes the mixes are just a little too sweet for me. And we know how "too sweet" typically translates to "too many calories", right? So with this version of Rachael Ray's Grapefruit Margarita, we are using a Light Ocean Spray juice containing only 40 calories per cup! Another little switch-a-roo was to replace the orange liqueur with fresh squeezed orange juice. More alcohol meant more calories. By using the OJ, we are saving calories AND adding some vitamin C! I promise you won't miss the liqueur. I believe the tequila shots are enough to do the trick. I know it is for me!

These margaritas are a new favorite of mine. Dangerously delicious and light; the perfect way to end a hot summer day.

NUTRITION FACTS (per margarita):

BEFORE: 306 calories;  0g fat;  37.7g carbohydrate;  0g protein;  0g fiber
AFTER: 93.5 calories;  .05g fat;  7.24g carbohydrate;  .15g protein;  .05g fiber
SAVES: 212.5 calories &  30.46g carbohydrate 
 ADDS: .15g protein & .05g fiber

A margarita under 100 calories?!?! Now that is a Lean Libation!



  1. I can't stand Rachael Ray but that drink looks DELISH!

  2. I am always ready to escape to Margaritaville. Looks divine.

    We must have been on the same wavelength. I posted a Blueberry thriller that I made from Cooking Light. Come check it out.

    Happy Friday!

  3. Wow- that looks so good. I can just pretend I am on a deserted island sipping on that drink if I make it right? awesome



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