Posted by: Jerry Garrett | August 9, 2011

Margaritaville Margarita Mix Ingredients: The End of The Innocence

What a mistake: I’ve been reading supermarket labels again. Horrors! Look what’s in Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Margarita Mix:

Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Cellulose Gum, Gum Acacia, Polysorbate 60, Natural Flavors, Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin, Sodium Metabisulfate, Yellow 5, Blue 1

Holy Mother of Frozen Concoctions! Wood Rosin?!? WTF? (Is this the origin of the phrase, “Drunk as a post”?)

Whatever happened to the purity of tequila, ice and lime, in a salted glass?

Even Jimmy’s own recipe for the “Perfect Margarita” (found on the Margaritaville website: http://www.margaritaville.com/drinkrecipes.html) eschews the HFCS, chemicals and other crap. (It leaves out any mix whatsoever!)

Let's not count those calories, please!

His mix’s nutritional values (at the bottom of this post) are even more demoralizing.

But I do not wish to single Jimmy Buffett out here, even if I do consider him the Zen Master of Margaritas. (Okay. Perhaps I do feel he has a moral responsibility to protect the sanctity of frozen concoctions everywhere.) Most mixes on the market today have nutritional values every bit as abysmal – or even worse – than the Margaritaville mix.

Pure tequila is quite high in sugar content, in the first place. An ounce of it has about 70 calories (Trivia question: A shot? 140). Lance Armstrong’s LiveStrong website gives a pretty informative breakdown of what’s in a popular tequila (Jose Cuervo, for instance) and what mixes can add to the nutritional stew. It’s not a pretty picture, tequila fans.

Think better quality tequila will get you better nutritional value? Think again. One ounce of Patron has 104 calories!

I can almost feel my liver exploding!

There are alternatives. The Armstrong site provides links to some sugar-free mix alternatives (Warning: some people may like Splenda or Equal even less than HFCS). La Paz and Sauza, to name but two, offer mix brands that use a simple sugar syrup (recipe: equal parts sugar and water, heated) instead of HFCS. I prefer substituting any refined white sugar with turbinado, demarara or raw sugar (much tastier!).

Back to basics! (Optional: Add beach)

Still looking for a recipe without more sugar than what’s already in the liquor? Try this one; it’s almost healthy:

1 ½ parts of tequila

1 ½ parts of fresh lime juice, triple sec & Cointreau (if you’re in Mexico, try the cheap knockoff Controy) I’m talking equal parts of the juice and the two liquors – for a total equal in volume to the tequila!

Lime wedges (the more the merrier)

Jerry Garrett

August 9, 2011

P.S. The nutritional low down on Margaritaville Margarita Mix:

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4 fl oz
Servings Per Container: 15

Calories 110

Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*

Total Fat 0 g (0%)
Sodium 70 mg (3%)
Total Carbohydrate 27 g (9%)
     Sugars 26 g
Protein 0 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
     Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2400mg 2400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
     Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Responses

  1. […] Ingredients in the typical shelf-mixed margarita mix: “Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate, Cellulose Gum, Gum Acacia, Polysorbate 60, Natural Flavors, Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin, Sodium Metabisulfate, Yellow 5, Blue 1.” (https://jerrygarrett.wordpress.com/2011/08/09/margaritaville-margarita-mix-ingredients-the-end-of-the…) […]

  2. His mix’s nutritional values (at the bottom of this post) are even more … mmixernutrition.wordpress.com


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