Skinny Margarita

I really like makingSkinny Margaritas. They are easy to make and yummy to drink. You only need a few things – tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and ice. The margarita is one of my favorite drinks.

If I could only have one drink every day, it would be a margarita. I don’t like mixes from bottles. I like making mine fresh with real lime juice. Some people add extra tequila for more flavor. I put salt around the edge of the glass too. When you use fresh juices and syrup, it tastes so good and refreshing.

Margaritas remind me of fun times. I think of warm sunny days at the beach on vacation. Or nights hanging out with my sisters. Drinking one always makes me feel relaxed and happy. They never get old to me! I love how the salt on the rim tastes too with each sip. A good margarita is one of the best drinks.

About This Skinny Margarita

About This Skinny Margarita

My friends and I often order skinny margaritas at restaurants. Sometimes the server is unsure of what it is, unless the restaurant already has it on the menu. I did some research to clearly define what makes a margarita “skinny”.

Through salt-rimmed investigating, here are the key components of a skinny margarita:

  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh orange juice, which is lower in calories than orange liqueurs like triple sec
  • Your favorite tequila
  • Agave nectar, a natural sweetener
  • Salt on the rim of the glass
  • A slice of lime for garnish

The exact ratios can vary, but most recipes suggest:

  • Using more lime juice than orange juice
  • Equal parts tequila and lime juice
  • Approximately 2 teaspoons of agave nectar

I prefer my margaritas on the tart side, so my version leans heavier on the lime juice and lighter on the agave nectar. Feel free to adjust the recipe to your own taste preferences for a lower calorie yet still flavorful margarita.

Ingredients With Measurements 

Kosher salt & lime wedge, to rim the glass123
Silver tequila1 1/2 oz (3 tbsp)3 oz (6 tbsp)4 1/2 oz (9 tbsp)
Freshly squeezed lime juice3 tbsp (1 large lime)6 tbsp (2 limes)9 tbsp (3 limes)
Freshly squeezed orange juice1 1/2 tbsp (1/2 orange)3 tbsp (1 orange)4 1/2 tbsp (1 1/2 oranges)
Light agave nectar1 tsp2 tsp3 tsp
IceAs neededAs neededAs needed

Ingredients For A Pitcher (Makes 5 Drinks)

Silver tequila8 oz (1 cup)
Freshly squeezed lime juice8 oz (1 cup; from about 5 medium/large limes)
Freshly squeezed orange juice4 oz (1/2 cup; from about 4 medium oranges)
Light agave nectar or simple syrup2 tbsp (more if prefer sweeter)
IceAs needed to fill pitcher

Preparation Of Skinny Margarita Recipe

Total Time:Servings5 minutes1 margarita (can easily be multiplied)

Skinny Margarita Recipe Adaptations

This basic skinny margarita recipe can easily be modified for different flavors. A few tasty variations include:

  • Skinny Jalapeño Margarita – Add a few slices of jalapeño pepper to the shaker for a little heat. The citrus and spice pair perfectly.
  • Skinny Blackberry Margarita – Muddle a handful of fresh blackberries in the bottom of the shaker before adding the other ingredients. The sweet berries blend nicely with the lime.
  • St. Germain Margarita – Replace the orange juice with St. Germain elderflower liqueur for floral notes. The elderflower balances the acidity of the lime.

Experimenting with fresh fruits, herbs and other flavorful additions provides endless possibilities for taking this skinny margarita recipe in new directions. Simply swap or supplement ingredients to create your own signature variations based on the classic template.

Recommended Tools To Make Skinny Margarita Recipe

Recommended Tools To Make Skinny Margarita Recipe

Citrus Juicer: The manual juicer I originally used worked okay but after getting an electric centrifugal juicer, producing quarts of fresh lime and orange juice for margaritas is so much faster and easier. This appliance has turned out to be one of my best kitchen investments.

Cocktail Shaker: A cocktail shaker is a necessity for evenly mixing the different liquor flavors along with the citrus juices and sweetener. With a quick shake, it incorporates all the ingredients into a blended drink before straining into an ice-filled glass.

Jigger: A jigger ensures accurate measurements of liquids.

This skinny margarita recipe comes together so quickly that enjoying one does not need to be reserved just for weekends. With only basic ingredients and minimal preparation required, it’s simple to mix up a batch any day you want a refreshing cocktail.

Advantages Of Skinny Margarita Recipe

Here are some potential advantages of a skinny margarita recipe:

  • Lower calorie – Skinny margaritas use lighter ingredients like diet soda or club soda instead of regular soda. They may also use less alcohol, artificial sweeteners instead of sugar, and less mixers. This can significantly lower the calorie count.
  • More refreshing – Using club soda or seltzer water instead of regular soda makes the drink lighter, fizzier, and more refreshing to drink on a hot day.
  • Better for calorie control – If watching calories or weight, a low-calorie skinny margarita allows you to enjoy a cocktail without blowing your calorie budget for the day.
  • Less sugar – Traditional margaritas can be high in added sugars from mixes and sweetened juices. A skinny version uses artificially sweetened mixer or less sweet ingredients. This lowers the sugar content.
  • Still flavorful – With the right ingredient combinations, a skinny margarita can still pack plenty of lime, salt, and tequila flavor without too many empty calories. Some experimentation may be needed to get the balance right.
  • Portion control option – It allows having smaller portion sizes of a margarita without giving up the enjoyment of the drink entirely for health-conscious individuals.

A skinny margarita helps cut calories, sugar, and mixer content while still tasting good – allowing you to feel less guilty about an occasional cocktail. Just be sure to drink in moderation.

Nutrition In Skinny Margarita Recipe

Nutrition In Skinny Margarita Recipe

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size:
1 margarita
Calories 145



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