Best of Lei Chic 2009: Heading to Margaritaville
As we get set to ring in 2010, Lei Chic is taking a look back into our archives and bringing you some of the best stories we published during 2009. Enjoy and see you next year!

Originally published May 5, 2009 for Cinco de Mayo — we recommend making another round for New Year's Eve!

Last year, Cinco de Mayo was a huge party, and Seis de Mayo was total hell. It's not just the tequila in margaritas that causes hangovers – the flavored liqueurs and sweet-and-sour mixes have tons of sugar and calories, adding to the morning-after nightmare. Plus, the drinks can easily ring up to almost $10 each.

But you can still toast to Cinco de Mayo without blowing your diet or your budget. Try this low-cal, low-carb margarita, a healthier version that also costs less to make.

So you can avoid extra pounds, and save a few pesos.

Low-Cal, Low-Carb Margarita
Makes one drink (about 115 calories)

1 packet Splenda or other low cal sweetener
2 T. lime juice
¼ tsp. orange extract

1 shot tequila
1 shot diet lemon-lime soda (like diet Sprite or diet 7Up)

Mix all ingredients, pour over ice.