Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, but in the United States it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture/heritage and of course an excuse to rejoice and enjoy tequila, tacos and guacamole.
Many people erroneously believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence day. Us Mexicans actually celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of Mexican forces agains the French during the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862.
Now that you know what Cinco de Mayo really means it’s time to talk about tequila and a classic Mexican drink, the Paloma. That’s right, move over Margarita. You and your liquid calories. Don’t get me wrong, I do love, them but I rarely order them. Not worth it for me, unless I’m on a beach vaycay. Margaritas can be triple threat, specially frozen ones. A standard 8 oz Margarita will set you back at 550 calories, they can have more sugar than a pint of ice cream and the salted rim is pretty close to hitting the recommended daily salt allowance.
The Paloma is traditionally made with grapefruit soda but I’m putting my own spin, to cut down on calories and added sugar, by instead using my latest obsession: La Croix Pamplemousse. I also substituted simple syrup for Stevia. It’s delightfully refreshing and the perfect combination of sweet, tart, sour and salty and it’s only 150 calories!!
- 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice (the juice of 1/2 a grapefruit)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (the juice of 1/2 lemon)
- 1 Stevia packet
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup La Croix Pamplemousse
- Lightly salt the rim of a glass.
- Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and Stevia in glass; stir until Stevia is dissolved.
- Stir in tequila, add ice, and top off with La Croix Pamplemousse. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.