Chaco Flaco drink mixers making a splash in the Valley

The founders of Chaco Flaco drink mixers, produced locally, have enjoyed a lot of success here in Arizona. On Friday, they stopped by Fox 10 to talk to Troy Hayden about what sets apart their products from the rest.

"I've been a bartender for about 18 years. About three or four years ago, I decided that I wanted to make something that was healthy, low-calorie, low-sodium. And so I came up with the original margarita mix," said Chuck Moore, Chaco Flaco founder and head mixologist.

The mixers are called Original Margarita, Forbidden Horchata, Strawberry Bandita, Bloody Maria, Verde Maria, Pina Colada and Skinny Mojito.

"We kind of reversed the basis of the margarita so it's a little bit more orange-heavy. Some people think it tastes like mango. But we took all of the chemicals out of it. It's all-natural, vegan, gluten-free," Moore said.

"It's only about 80 calories, with tequila in that. Most are right around 600 calories when it comes to margaritas," said Adam Van Slyke, Chaco Flaco co-founder and mixologist.

Moore explained the meaning behind the name Chaco Flaco:

"Chaco Flaco originally was Skinny Chuck in Spanish. But when Adam came along, you can see he's kind of skinny, so we've moved that over to Flaco. I'm Chaco and he's Flaco."

Troy Hayden asked, ‘what's with the purple mojito?'

"Well, that one I came up with about seven years ago, Van Slyke said. "I was working at a bar and it's pretty much muddled mixed berries. We do blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and … a little mint and a little cucumber. And I typically make it with cucumber vodka. But you can use rum."

"It's also great on waffles, cheesecake. These are all multi-purpose. You can cook with most of these," Moore said.

The Bloody Maria mixer has 75 grams of sodium. Most have around 700 milligrams, according to Van Slyke.

Chaco Flaco can be purchased at all of the AJ's Fine Foods and Whole Foods Market stores in the Phoenix metro area and also at Luci's Healthy Marketplace at 16th St. and Bethany Home Rd.

Chaco Flaco will be taking part in a charity event on Saturday, June 20, called Dad's Rad, at Whole Foods Market at Rural and Baseline, in Tempe. Proceeds benefit the Whole Kids Foundation.

Moore says Floyd's 99 Barbershop is providing massages for fathers from noon to 3 p.m. He says it's also raffling off a year of free shaves.

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