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What Are the Calories in a Jumbo Frozen Margarita?

author image Carolyn Robbins
Carolyn Robbins began writing in 2006. Her work appears on various websites and covers various topics including neuroscience, physiology, nutrition and fitness. Robbins graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and theology from Saint Vincent College.
What Are the Calories in a Jumbo Frozen Margarita?
Make a lighter margarita at home. Photo Credit Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images

A glass rimmed with salt is the carrier for a margarita -- a sweet and creamy beverage made from tequila, sour mix, triple sec, lime juice and sugar. Though the drink seems light and refreshing, its taste is deceptive. Frozen margaritas -- blended with crushed ice or served "on the rocks" and poured over ice cubes -- are laden with calories.

Drinking Your Calories

What constitutes a jumbo frozen margarita will vary from restaurant to restaurant. Livestrong's MyPlate estimates that a hefty 16-ounce frozen margarita has 300 calories. A 6-ounce margarita on the rocks has 168 calories, so 16 ounces would pack a whopping 448 calories. A frozen margarita may have more or fewer calories depending on size and added flavorings and ingredients.

Make It Skinny

You can make yourself a lighter margarita at home by replacing sugar with stevia or sucralose. Squeeze ripe limes for a bright, fresh flavor and use just an ounce of tequila. Pour the drink over ice or blend it with crushed ice cubes. A skinny margarita will only cost you around 150 calories.

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