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Summer Vibes: How to Make the Perfect Skinny Margarita

Summer has arrived and you’re either thrilled you get to lay by the pool – or terrified to wear your suit on your upcoming vacay.


Summer isn’t summer without a cold drink in hand, and one of our favorites that’s easy on the waistline is the skinny margarita


What is a Skinny Margarita?

 A skinny margarita is simply the flavorful cocktail you love, made a little lighter. But don’t think of it as a “diet margarita,” stripped of flavor and substance. No – a skinny margarita is simply low in calories – not flavor.


What’s the Secret to the Perfect Skinny Margarita?

The secret is fresh ingredients. Many margaritas – and cocktails in general – are loaded with heavy mixes made with artificial flavors and colors. Instead, the perfect skinny margarita uses fresh ingredients for a margarita that is guilt-free and tastes great. 

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How to Make the Perfect Skinny Margarita 


Use Premium Tequila 

 When opting for fresh, perfect skinny margaritas, don’t settle for anything less that 100% pure agave tequila. Surprisingly, one shot of tequila has less calories than a shot of vodka, so you’re already on your way to a lighter cocktail. 


Substitute Orange Juice for Triple Sec

 If you want that fresh citrusy flavor in your margarita, you can get it with freshly squeezed orange juice, adding less calories than a traditional orange liqueur like Triple Sec. 


Add a Splash of Water

If you feel like your margarita has too much bite, cut the sour with a splash of water. The water works as a perfect complement to the lime juice and tones the flavor down, bringing out the sweetness instead of extreme tart flavor.


Skip the Blender

 Your skinny margarita will taste better over the rocks than blended frozen. While we love a frozen margarita as much as the next person, it tends to numb your tongue, making it difficult to enjoy the full spectrum of flavor in your cocktail.


Fresh Lime Every Time

 Again, always use fresh lime juice instead of a mix or even the bottled lime juice for the fullest flavor. 


Agave Nectar Sweetens Without the Guilt

 Many traditional recipes will have you use simple syrup, but substitute agave nectar and you’ll get that same sweetness you crave – at a fraction of the calories. Plus, agave nectar helps regular blood sugar. 


So before you start believing you’ve got to cut all indulgences out of your diet asap, make a skinny margarita at home and enjoy the fresh flavors of summer that are also easy on the waistline. And if you’re looking for the best cocktails and craft beer in Dallas, you can always come see us at the best sports bar in Dallas, Texas – The Nodding Donkey. 

Everyday is a Tex-Mex Kind of Day!

Any Tex-Mex lovers in the house?!


If you are looking for the best Tex-Mex in Dallas – at the best prices in Dallas – don’t forget about the amazing deals we offer at The Nodding Donkey. Our menu is loaded with delicious, scratch kitchen Tex-Mex and here are a few of the weekly specials we offer to sweeten the deal:


Tuesday Drink Special: $5 Margaritas

Visit The Nodding Donkey anytime on Tuesday and you can look forward to $5 margaritas made fresh with Altos Tequila. If you haven’t had Altos Tequila, then you’re in for a treat. This award-winning tequila is smooth, with subtle hints of citrus for added vibrancy, and is made with only 100% blue agave. Try it for yourself in our $5 margaritas every Tuesday!


Taco Tuesdays

In addition to great deals on our handcrafted margaritas, Tuesdays are often known as Taco Tuesday around here because we offer great deals on our fabulous street tacos. Choose between tender brisket, chicken, or pulled pork, each topped with homemade pico de gallo, cotija cheese, and a dash of shredded lettuce. Our fire roasted salsa is served on the side.


Thursday Food Specials: $8.95 Fajitas

Thursdays are a great day to visit The Donkey because not only do we offer tons of delicious Dallas drink specials to get your weekend started right, we also offer $8.95 fajitas for lunch and dinner! It’s a deal you just can’t pass up! You’ll get your choice of beef or chicken, then a plate loaded with grilled onions, peppers, sour cream, cheddar cheese, guacamole, and fire roasted salsa to make each fajita just like you like it.


So the next time you are in the mood for Tex-Mex, don’t forget that the best sports bar in Dallas also has some of the best Tex-Mex in Dallas! We can’t wait to see you this week for a margarita, tacos, and more.

*Please note that all specials, promotions, and pricing are subject to change at any time.  Please confirm with your server should you have any questions about current pricing. 

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