Before I lost the weight, my very favorite drink to order at a restaurant was a margarita on the rocks (with a salted rim, of course). I was hugely disappointed when I discovered that the typical margarita has 360 calories (source)--for 8 ounces, and I always ordered the huge "fishbowl" size ;) I don't think I drank a single margarita the whole time I was losing weight, because I just couldn't justify that many calories on a single drink.
I've heard of lower calorie mixed drinks (Skinnygirl Margarita is one), but they use sweeteners I am not a fan of. I am very picky when it comes to sugar substitutes--I don't like the taste of any artificial sweeteners, and I don't like agave syrup (which is what the Skinnygirl Margarita uses). I was excited to see that the Sinless Margarita mix uses all natural ingredients, and is sweetened with Stevia.
The mixes are liquid, and because they are natural ingredients, must be refrigerated. Check out the stats and ingredients:
The directions say to mix 1 part tequila with 2-3 parts margarita mix (depending how strong you like it). I rimmed a glass with salt (just dip the edges of the glass in water, then dip into margarita salt). Then I filled the glass with ice and poured 1.5 ounces of tequila with 4 ounces of margarita mix. I like my margaritas on the rocks, rather than frozen, but I imagine they would work just fine if you blended it with ice).
|Yes, I like a lot of salt... don't judge! ;)|
The next morning, I was still thinking about the tart sweetness of the margarita, so I decided to make a shake with the same kind of taste I was looking for: Key Lime Pie Protein Shake! I used some of the Sinless Margarita mix in it, and it was heavenly.
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup Sinless Margarita mix
1 serving vanilla protein powder mix
1 Tbsp. lime jello mix
1 Tbsp. cheesecake pudding mix
1 tsp. lime juice (not necessary, but I wanted mine extra limey)
8-10 ice cubes
1/4 tsp each xanthan gum and guar gum (optional, for a thicker, creamier texture)
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. (With my protein powder, the shake's totals came out to--223 calories, 2.6 grams of fat, 24.3 grams of carbs, 25.8 grams of protein)
This tasted exactly like key lime pie--so good!
After absolutely loving the original margarita mix, I wasn't quite as excited to try the Strawberry Margarita Mix. I've never been a fan of strawberry margaritas. I made the strawberry margaritas the same as the original. I took a sip and wasn't too thrilled with it. I thought it was decent, but like I said, I'm just not a big strawberry margarita fan.
|Notice the tequila bottle is now half-empty... ;)|
check their website to find out if it's in a store near you, or to request that your store carry it).
Sinless Cocktails has very generously offered to give away a bottle of mix to one Runs for Cookies reader! To enter the random drawing, check out the Sinless mixes on their website and leave a comment here letting me know which one sounds the best to you. I will leave this contest open until Saturday (7/14) at 10:00 a.m. EST. CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED.
(In full disclosure, I was given two bottles of Sinless Margarita Mix to try; I wasn't required to do a review, and all opinions are truthful).