Cinco de Mayo, as celebrated in the U.S., doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being the healthiest day on the calendar. Also known as Battle of Puebla Day, Cinco de Mayo, which falls on a Sunday this year, celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War – May 5th.
While a fairly minor holiday in its country of origin, here in the U.S. Cinco de Mayo has ballooned into a large-scale celebration of Mexican heritage, especially in areas with significant Mexican-American communities. In these communities, May 5th is marked with parades, parties, and traditional music, dancing and food. And elsewhere? Cinco de Mayo is known to be more of a drinking holiday than a celebration of victory. But whether you’re celebrating your heritage or simply reveling in the holiday that often feels like the kick-off to the summer season, there’s a better way to sip.
Often the crowd favorite for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, the margarita is a bar and party classic that’s undeniably tasty – but not exactly a healthful choice when it comes to your wellbeing. The combination of sugary mixers and juices with dehydrating alcohol means a single margarita could have up to 25g of sugar in the mix – that’s about 6 teaspoons, or close to the entire suggested daily sugar allotment for an adult male. And what’s so bad about all that sugar? Along with spiking blood sugar, which leads to a rollercoaster of cravings and moods, too much sugar could lead to brain fog, gut imbalances, and more. A better choice than that mixed margarita? Choose a good-quality tequila – one that you actually enjoy the taste of instead of the bottom-shelf stuff – and compliment it with bubbly seltzer and spicy kombucha for a festive kick. Not only is this choice much lower in sugar, but the addition of seltzer can support hydration – an important factor considering how dehydrating alcohol can be. Just remember to sip water on the side, too. Ready to mix up your new favorite Cinco de Mayo drink? Grab our recipe below and we’re also sharing some of our favorite no-sugar mixers for those that prefer a mocktail.
Spicy Kombucha Margarita
- 1.5 oz good-quality tequila
- 4 oz spicy kombucha (we used Health-Ade Cayenne Cleanse)
- Seltzer, to top
- Lime wedges
- Optional: Salt for rim
If using salt on the rim of your glass, wet the rim and dip in salt to coat. Next, fill your glass with ice and add tequila, kombucha and top with seltzer. Top with a good squeeze of lime and garnish with a lime wheel and hot pepper, if desired. Enjoy!
Be Mixed was created by two women on a quest for good tasting sugar-free drinks. Their line of tasty mixers contain zero sugar and zero calories. You can mix them with your liquor of choice or just add seltzer for a flavorful non-alcoholic drink.
Seedlip is the “world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit” and currently has 3 flavors in their range. We suggest using their Grove 42 flavor profile for a margarita-esque drink. It is a great alternative for those who prefer not to or are not able to drink alcohol.
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