Bellaire mom turns low-calorie margaritas into big business

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 4:18 PM

BELLAIRE, Texas -- The drink of choice this Cinco De Mayo weekend? It’s likely to be a margarita.

This means big business for one Bellaire mom.

The margarita is the number one cocktail in America, but it’s also one of the highest in calories. 

Lucy Corona is a margarita-making mama who has made it her mission to create a low-calorie version that also tastes good.

Don’t let her last name confuse you.

“I’ve had this name for 45 years,” says Corona. “It wasn’t funny until I started making margaritas.”

Corona is queen of the low-cal cocktail hour as the founder of “Slimritas.”

“I would come to my friend’s houses and bring my mix, and then I started getting phone calls, take calls from office mates asking me to cater their parties because they all liked it so much.”

Corona’s 100-calorie concoction is made with fresh fruit juices and natural sweeteners.

In just three years. Slimritas has won several distinguished gourmet awards. It sells in 650 retail stores from coast to coast, including Spec's in Houston, and is carried in restaurants like Berryhills, where it pretty much sells itself.

On the web:  http://www.slimritas.com/

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