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Friday Cocktail: Cactus Chill

This is a wonderful cocktail for the spring weather. It's light and refreshing, but also has a pretty crisp kick with the tequila and fresh lime. It's 100% organic and all natural, so enjoy this SkinnyTini for its flavors and functional benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/5 ounces tequila
  • 1/4 ounce agave nectar
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 2 3/4 ounces lime flavored sparkling water

Directions:

  1. Pour the tequila, agave nectar and lime juice into a highball or other cocktail glass and stir.
  2. Add ice and fill the glass with lime-flavored water. Garnish with a fresh lime and enjoy!

Calories: 130

Skinny Tidbit: Agave has been used in Mexico as a natural sweetener for over a century and has recently been making an impact in the United States as a replacement for high-fructose corn syrup. You can find it at most health-food stores. While it is not necessarily a low-calorie sweetener, with 60 calories per tablespoon, it is much sweeter than table sugar, so you get away with using up to 1/3 less—saving you calories. It is also much lower on the glycemic index, preventing significant surges in your blood-sugar levels. Lastly, it contains inulan, which is a sugary fiber that increases satiety, lowers cholesterol and your risk of certain cancers. Not only does it aid in the absorption of calcium by about 20%, it is also a pretty good source of the mineral, containing 17% of the RDA in a tablespoon. Not only is this a great sweetener for this SkinnyTini, you may also want to try adding it to your morning coffee! Cheers!

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