Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo: the Salty Chihuahua!

We’ll feature some more festive, healthy recipes next week in preparation for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, but what’s wrong with a little warm-up? We’re always on the hunt for fun, festive and low-cal party beverages, and this Salty Chihuahua fits the bill perfectly. It’s essentially a traditional margarita – but the citrus used here is solely grapefruit, making this drink puckeringly delicious! This beverage is tried and true, and gets its name from its origin: this cocktail was said to be created by a bartender from Chihuahua, Mexico, in the 1940s.

As if you need another reason to try it, let’s talk about the actual benefits you could get from serving this puppy (ha!) at your next party – it’s all about the grapefruit juice. Aside from the yummy, thirst-quenching aspect, it’s not a bad idea to have a little grapefruit juice in your cocktail.

One serving of grapefruit juice:

  • contains over 150% of your required daily intake of Vitamin C: benefits your immune system, and it keeps your blood vessels healthy by encouraging the production of collagen
  • contains 11% of the potassium your body requires daily. Potassium (an electrolyte) helps control muscle contractions, which makes it critical for maintaining normal heart and digestive functions. What’s more – so many of us consume much more sodium than we should be, and an excess amount of sodium in your diet increases your potassium needs – making grapefruit juice even more beneficial.
  • might potential help your cholesterol! According to Livestrong.com, “consuming grapefruit juice might benefit your cholesterol levels. A study published in the February 2011 edition of “Nutrition and Metabolism” assessed 85 obese adults over a 12-week period. Researchers gave the subjects 127 g of grapefruit juice to drink before meals. The levels of HDL, the good type of cholesterol, increased significantly for this group.”

At the end of the day, this obviously is an alcoholic beverage that should be consumed moderately – but it is fun to think about getting a little health benefit from your party indulgence!

Salty Chihuahua

INGREDIENTS
4 ounces  tequila, divided
2 ounces  orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau, divided
3 cups  grapefruit juice, divided
4   grapefruit slices, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
1. Wet the rims of 4 glasses and coat with coarse salt (if desired); fill the glasses with ice. Pour 1 ounce tequila and 1/2 ounce liqueur into each. Top each with 3/4 cup grapefruit juice and stir. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
NUTRITION FACTS
Calories 188, Sodium 3 mg, Carbohydrate 23 g, Protein 1 g, Potassium 303 mg.
Recipe from fitness magazine courtesy of Eatingwell.com!
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