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Holiday parties, winter galas, and family obligations can have us reaching for cocktail after cocktail, but imbibing a little during the festivities doesn’t need to derail our fitness goals.

Tequila is somewhat of an underrated hard liquor. Although your college days of throwing back shots may be behind you, tequila doesn’t need to be. Tequila is just 64 calories per ounce, while vodka at 96 calories per ounce tends to get touted as the more calorie-friendly alcohol option.

Made with agave, tequila is naturally a little sweet, so you’ll be less inclined to add additional sugary calories. The smoked oak, vanilla, and caramel flavors of tequila can be more enjoyable to sip on than your alcohol-tasting vodka. Like vodka, tequila is also often the booze of choice (when combined with club soda or other sugar-free mixes) by those prescribing to low-carb and ketogenic diets, thanks to the zero-carb price tag. “Tequila Cazadores is made from 100 percent blue weber agave and has zero additives. It has zero sugar, fat, or carbohydrates,” says Kris Bahamondes, mixologist for Tequila Cazadores. 

No matter what your taste in libations, be it vodka or tequila, these simple and refreshing cocktail recipes are sure to lighten up your holiday season. Of course, we ask that you please enjoy responsibly and have a happy and healthy holiday.


Winter Tequila Cocktails

TEQUILA CAZADORES PALOMA 
• 1 ½ parts Tequila Cazadores Blanco
• Top with soda water, fresh grapefruit juice, and a splash of lime juice
• Pinch of salt

Method: Pour ingredients into a Collins glass. Garnish with lime slice and serve over ice.


TEQUILA CAZADORES JALAPEÑO MARGARITA
• 1 ½ parts Tequila Cazadores Blanco
• ½ part Premium Triple Sec
• ½ part simple syrup (dependent on your taste/desired calorie intake)
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 slice of jalapeño 

Method: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all the ingredients. Shake and serve over the rocks in a glass. Garnish with lime, jalapeno slice, and salt (optional).


TEQUILA CAZADORES MARGARITA
• 1 ½ parts Tequila Cazadores Blanco
• ½ part Premium Triple Sec
• ½ part simple syrup (dependent on your taste/desired calorie intake)
• 1 oz lime juice

Method: In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine all the ingredients. Shake and serve over the rocks in a glass.
Garnish with lime and salt (optional).


GREY GOOSE® LA POIRE HOT TODDY
• 2 parts GREY GOOSE® La Poire Pear Flavored Vodka
• 1 part Bénédictine Liqueur
• 1 part fresh lemon juice
• 1 part honey
• 8 parts boiling water

Method: Build all ingredients in a cup and add boiling water.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.


GREY GOOSE® LA POIRE SEASON’S CELEBRATIONS
• 1 part GREY GOOSE® La Poire Pear Flavored Vodka
• 4 parts fresh, unsweetened apple juice
• ¼ maple syrup

Method: Build all ingredients in a cup and add boiling water.
Garnish with a lemon wheel.


GREY GOOSE® LA POIRE PEAR & THYME
• 2 parts GREY GOOSE® La Poire Pear Flavored Vodka
• 1 ½ parts pear nectar (you can buy in bottles)
• 1 part lime juice

Method: Shake and strain over ice in a highball.
Garnish with fresh thyme sprig and slice of pear.

Mikaila Kukurudza
Mikaila is a Toronto-based writer, photographer, and fitness enthusiast. Follow her at @mikailakukurudza