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Lo-Cal Libations: Fresh Top-Shelf Margarita

Fresh Top-Shelf Margarita


I’m a sucker for a good margarita. However, I’m not a sucker for high-calorie, super-sweet cocktails. So I put my own spin on a recipe for Puro Margaritas I found on Tequila.net.

I took their simple recipe and added a splash of club soda and Gran Marnier, making it top-shelf and about 175 calories. It sure makes for one delicious Friday afternoon treat!



– 1.5 oz. (1 shot) Patron Silver Tequila

– 1 lime, juiced

– 2 tsp Agave Nectar

– 1 splash of Club Soda

– 1 splash of Gran Marnier

– A slice of lime, to garnish



Gather ingredients.

Margarita Ingredients


Pour one shot of tequila into a cocktail shaker.

Add One Tequila Shot


Then add the agave nectar.

Add Agave Nectar


Cut lime in half. Using a hand-held citrus juicer, juice both halves of the lime into the drink shaker.

Juicing Lime


Add some ice to the shaker.

Add Ice To Shaker


Place lid on cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake!

Shake Cocktail


Pour mixed margarita into a margarita glass and add extra ice to drink.

Pour Margarita In Glass

Add Extra Ice


Pour a splash of club soda into the margarita.

Splash Of Club Soda


Then add a splash of Gran Marnier to the margarita.

Splash Of Gran Marnier


Garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy! (You can also put a rim of salt or sugar on the glass before serving, if you prefer.)

Finished Margarita


My Fresh Top-Shelf Margarita is a refreshing way to start your weekend and contains fewer calories than a traditional margarita. Now you can savor your favorite cocktail without feeling guilty about ruining your diet!

Bottoms up!

– Jessica




One thought on “Lo-Cal Libations: Fresh Top-Shelf Margarita

  1. Blackberries are still in full force around here and the wethear is just lovely- hard to believe summer is ending! Your cocktail looks absolutely incredible and is definitely on my list to try this weekend!

    Posted by Leslie | June 27, 2012, 6:39 AM

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