It’s quite possible that beer-garitas are a Texas thing. They’re made of beer and tequila, are bigger than your head, and are full of calories… Check, check, and check for being a Texas staple. Despite the fact that I was born and raised here, though, I’ve never actually tried a beer-garita myself. For one thing, I don’t really like margaritas. I mean, I like the ones that are shaken by hand, served in tiny glasses, and have fresh fruit, but they also cost like $15 a pop. Those cheapy ones made from pre-made frozen mix, on the other hand, they just don’t do anything for me. And that’s not even considering the hundreds (yeah, plural) of calories per glass.
I don’t mean to sound like I’m on an alcoholic high horse, though. I definitely like to get down, which is why I knew I needed a better party drink for the upcoming three day weekend. To me, Memorial Day (and any extended weekend, in general) means day drinking. And day drinking isn’t the time for some froofroo fruity cocktail. Day drinking is the time for strong, frozen drinks that send you to bed around 7 pm, leaving you awake and disoriented by about 3 am.
So what strong, frozen drink does a nutrition blogger who doesn’t like margaritas make? It’s like the beer-garita was delivered to me on a silver platter, just begging to be slenderized. My version is light in flavor and calories. The fruit juice keeps it fresh, a far cry from those mixes that are always either way too sour or way too sweet. And there’s enough tequila in these to make this Memorial Day a fiesta.
4 12-ounce bottles of Corona Light
1/2 C fresh lime juice (about 8 limes should do ya)
1/2 C fresh orange juice (about 4 small navel oranges)
1/2 C tequila (…or more)
2 C ice
2 packets Splenda
2 T sugar, for garnish
2 t salt, for garnish
lime zest, for garnish
orange slices, for garnish
1. Distribute the beer into ice cube trays, about one beer per tray. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.