How Many Calories in a Margarita

Sometimes when I'm out for a drink with friends, I'm just not into the bitter taste of beer or wine -- I'd prefer something fruitier, something that's tasty ans sweet but has a bit of zing too. That's when I order a Margarita. Liquid calories add up really quickly -- I know that a glass of wine has about 100 calories and a beer has about 150 - 200 calories -- but I tend to turn a blind eye when it comes to fruity drinks because I know they're probably pretty bad for me, both in terms of the calories and the alcohol content. So I'm wondering, how many calories are in a margarita?

A) 240 cal
B) 400 cal
C) 550 cal
D) 740 cal

The answer is D) 740 calories. Considering that an average person should be consuming between 1500 and 2000 calories, that is a pretty scary number -- one margarita is the equivalent of half of your daily calories. And who just has one?

Other cocktails that made the list included the Pina Colada, Long Island Iced Tea, the white Russian and the Mai Tai. So the moral of the story is: if you must drink and you're counting calories, stick to the wine or the light beer.

2 Colorful Margarita Recipes - Purple Margarita and Red Margarita

Your Friends Will Love These Colorful Margarita Cocktails!

How to Make a Purple Margarita: This is a cocktail recipe to make a delicious Purple Margarita! A Purple Margarita is made with tequila like a regular Margarita, but it also has raspberry liqueur which gives it the purple color. It's very easy to make a Purple Margarita and once you try it, you will love it! I didn't include the steps for adding salt to the Margarita glass, but you can serve this drink with salt if you like. Note: this recipe contains alcohol and is for adults only.

Ingredient List to Make a Purple Margarita:
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces sweet and sour mix
  • 2 ounces Chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Lime for garnish
  • Crushed ice
Step 1: Add all the ingredients to a shaker.
Step 2: Add some crushed ice to the shaker.
Step 3: Shake the Purple Margarita.
Step 4: Pour the Purple Margarita into a Margarita glass.
Step 5: Add a slice of lime for garnish.

How to Make a Red Margarita: This is an easy recipe to make a Red Margarita. This particular recipe is for a frozen Red Margarita and it uses strawberry Margarita mix. If you prefer to not have it frozen, just mix the ingredients and serve on the rocks. Note: this recipe contains alcohol and is for adults only.

Ingredient List to Make a Red Margarita:
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 1+1/2 ounces triple sec
  • 4 ounces strawberry margarita mix
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Strawberry for garnish (optional)
Step 1: Add the strawberry margarita mix, the tequila, and the triple sec to a blender.
Step 2: Add one ice cube or a bit of crushed ice to the blender.
Step 3: Turn the blender on and keep adding another ice cube or a bit of crushed ice until the Margarita is the thickness that you want it.
Step 4: Pour the frozen Red Margarita in a Margarita glass.
Step 5: Garnish with a strawberry and serve!

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