We’ve found a way to don a sombrero and indulge in all the wonderful Cinco de Mayo cocktails without the guilt of overindulgence in calories! It’s true. With a bit of measuring and the willingness to step outside of that calorie-loaded margarita routine, you are on your way to celebrating Cinco de Mayo in style with these under 250-calorie cocktails.
Let’s get started by heating things up a bit. Spicy & smoky green jalapeno peppers are delicious, but also pretty darn HOT! Our first cocktail–the Hot Madre–provides that pepper flavor without the bite of a jalapeno. Start out with a pepper-flavored vodka (we used Absolut Peppar and it worked great) and cool it down with the addition of fresh pineapple.
How to Make a Hot Madre
Ingredients: Cocktail shaker, wire strainer and ice, Martini glass, fresh pineapple slice for garnish, 2 oz. Absolut Peppar Vodka (or similar pepper flavored vodka), ½ oz. simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water), 4 good chunks of fresh pineapple
- Fill shaker halfway with ice cubes.
- Add pineapple and simple syrup, then muddle.
- Add more ice and the vodka. Shake it like you mean it!
- Double strain into martini glass and garnish with pineapple.
The Hot Madre is a simple, low-cal cocktail and is certain to spice up your Cinco de Mayo party. If you’re feeling a little more daring and want to keep those calories in check, we recommend going old school with a new twist on tequila shots!
At around 150 calories each, these power-packed little shots from Liquor.com are easy, delicious and pretty darn fun with the following mixology-influenced additions.
Tequila Furnace - This version kicks up the heat with just a few drops of Tabasco sauce swirled into the tequila shot and a bite of lime to finish it off.
Snap, Crackle, Drop – The addition of Angostura bitters and a few twists of freshly ground pepper give this shot a medium heat rating but a five stars for flavor.
Agave Drop - This mini cocktail provides all the flavors of a margarita with agave nectar and fresh lime, right there in a tasty little package.
Spanish Raindrop – As Liquor.com aptly states, “If only the precipitation in the U.S. was this delicious…” We have to agree. This shot takes a bit of effort, but the sherry, fresh lime and flaming orange zest make this a cocktail worth trying.
You’ll be off to a good start with these low-calorie Cinco de Mayo cocktails. Try the Hot Madre martini or one of the other daring mini-cocktails with a kick. Either way, “Stay thirsty my friend.”
About Gidget + LaRue
These two long-time best friends, Trilby Parker and Karen Mascheroni, are dedicated to bringing back the classics, all while balancing the busy lives of their families. Their specialty is vintage cocktails + hors d’oeuvres and they’re driven to provide simple and easy recipes for your entertaining pleasure.