Try these three cocktails for a healthy Cinco de Mayo

Most of the calories in a typical cocktail come from a sugary base. These three Cinco de Mayo cocktails use fruit, distilled spirits and agave nectar to cut calories without sacrificing taste. Enlarge photo

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Most of the calories in a typical cocktail come from a sugary base. These three Cinco de Mayo cocktails use fruit, distilled spirits and agave nectar to cut calories without sacrificing taste.

Itís easy to love a great cocktail. Until you look at the numbers.

Some margaritas, for example, can pack upward of 1,000 calories. Thatís an awful lot of empty calories for something that truly is just a minute on the lips. So with Cinco de Mayo coming up, we decided to give healthy makeovers to some suitable refreshments.

The key to preventing cocktails from becoming calorie bombs is to take care when selecting the base for the drink. Juices (even unsweetened ones), sodas, anything with a syrup in it, and most liqueurs all pack tons of sugar.

The best option for a satisfying light drink is to start with seltzer water or still water. Be aware that club soda is not the same thing. While club soda doesnít have calories, it does have sodium. Once you have a clean water base, you can start adding flavorings to it.

Weíve created three cocktails worthy of your Cinco de Mayo celebration that wonít necessitate a half marathon to burn off the calories.

We use real fruit, distilled spirits and a touch of agave nectar to keep things fresh and light. If you like, add a touch of salt around the rim of your glass for a classic margarita feel. Do this by running a lime wedge around the rim, then overturning the glass and dipping it in a plate of coarse salt.