Not much has changed in the world of cocktails over the past century.
Yes, we went through Prohibition and its repeal. And yes, that certainly changed the way Americans drink, but over the past few years, we've circled back to drinking the classics.
As happy as we are about the newfound obsession with drinks from the past, we also like to see new things.
Cantina Laredo is now offering lower calorie "flip" cocktails with an extra shot of liqueur made from fresh fruits and chiles.
To help customers abide by their weight-loss resolutions, the restaurant decided to offer reduced calorie margaritas.
Ranging from 130 to 140 calories per drink, each one margarita is made with Hornitos Plata Tequila, and foregoes sugary pre-made sour mix in favor of fresh fruits and juices.
"The idea came from our desire to offer our guests fresh, healthy, regular-sized cocktails that are lower in calories," says general manager Eddie Estevez. "To make the drinks even more interesting, each splash is served in a fresh edible "Flip" floated atop the drink - a hulled strawberry or jalapeño, or 1/2 a lemon turned inside out. The best part is that calorie count includes the flip and these delicious drinks will be here indefinitely."
"Flip" cocktails are offered in a variety of flavors, such as the Caliente Flaca Flip ($10) with tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, orange, and jalapeño topped with club soda and a jalapeño flip of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur; the Citrus Burst Flaca Flip ($10) with tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and orange with a float of club soda and a lemon flip of SKYY Citrus Vodka; and the Peach Berry Flaca Flip ($10) with tequila, fresh lime juice, peach, and triple sec, topped with club soda and a strawberry flip of DeKuyper Strawberry Pucker.
"By using fresh fruit and juices as well as premium syrups, we are able to do just that without cutting the alcohol," says Estevez. "Each drink contains a full 1.25 ounce shot of tequila, plus an extra splash of liqueur for an added burst of flavor and complexity."
Cantina Laredo is located at 501 Silks Run in Hallandale Beach (954-457-7662) and 4635 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens (561-622-1223). Visit cantinalaredo.com.
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