Yesterday, after a long day of working outside in the sun, I had a thirst for a margarita.  However, I honestly didn't feel like buying a bottle of tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and whatever else you need for a good margarita.  At the liquor store, I went to grab a Bud Light Lime-a-rita.  Just one, as they are loaded with calories.   But then I noticed to the left was a 6 pack of Mike's Classic Margarita bottles.   Hmmm....

I thought I'd give it a try, and see what the difference was.  Here's the facts:

Mike's Classic - 12 ounce bottle has 235 calories.  Not terrible for a margarita like malt beverage.  Margaritas are generally a pretty high calorie cocktail.

Bud Light Lime-A-Rita - 8 oz can has 220 calories.  So not too much difference, but per ounce it has more calories than Mike's.

Mike's Classic Margarita is about 8.99 for a 6 pack.  Which is comparable to 10.99 or so for a 12 pack of small Bud Light Lime-A-Rita cans.

When it comes to taste, there really isn't a whole lot of difference.  Both are sweet and taste a lot like a margarita.  The Lime-A-Rita packs more of a punch with an 8% alcohol content.  Classic Mike's is just over 5%.

I did notice that in comparison, Classic Mike's poured into a glass over ice looks clearer, and the Lime-A-Rita's are a little cloudier.

The one thing I do like about Mikes is that it does come in a 12 ounce bottle.  I haven't been fond of the 8 oz cans of the lime-a-rita.  I feel like Andre The Giant when I drink those tiny cans.

So in summary, it's really a draw and comes down to if you prefer a bottle or a can.  Each will be refreshing on a summer day, just be careful with those little lime-a-rita cans because they can sneak up on you.