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I’m in love with this easy skinny margarita recipe! It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it tastes just like a regular margarita (without all the calories and sugar), and it even fits the requirements for a low carb keto margarita. Plus, it only takes 5 minutes to make (just like my pina colada recipe) — can’t get any better than that!
I served these margs (with a slice of my keto tres leches cake) to some friends and they didn’t even know that they were healthy or sugar free! They agreed with me that these are the best skinny margarita version they’ve ever had.
Why You’ll Love This Skinny Margarita Recipe
- Naturally sweet citrus flavor
- Smooth and refreshing
- Healthier than most skinny margarita recipes: naturally flavored, natural sweeteners, and NO added sugar
- 5 simple ingredients + 5 minutes to make
- Low calorie (106 calories) and low carb (less than 1g net carbs)
- Make it blended or on the rocks
What Is In A Skinny Margarita?
This section explains how to choose the best skinny margarita ingredients, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
Most skinny margarita mix options are still loaded with sugar (from both triple sec and added sugar), though less so than regular versions. This one is sugar-free, using the following ingredients to make it truly “skinny”:
- Tequila – Don’t worry, tequila is a keto friendly alcohol! You can use your favorite tequila. I recommend a high quality tequila even though it’s mixed in, as you’ll get a much smoother margarita if the alcohol is not harsh. Classic margaritas typically use silver or blanco tequila, but gold (including reposado tequila) will work if you like.
- Lime Juice – Squeeze fresh lime juice from whole limes if you can, for the best flavor! Most margaritas in the U.S. use regular limes, but key limes are common in Mexico. If you must, you can use bottled lime juice for convenience.
- Orange Extract – We’re using this to get the same flavor instead of the sugary triple sec that is typically use. FYI, Triple Sec is an orange liqueur and contains 11 grams of sugar per ounce.
- Sweetener – Most skinny margarita recipes are really just their regular counterparts in disguise, using agave nectar… which is still sugar! I use Besti Powdered Monk Fruit Allulose Blend in mine and it tastes the same without all the sugar! Unlike other monk fruit sweeteners that contain erythritol, this one dissolves easily in cold liquids. I have tried making this drink with erythritol before, which works okay, but doesn’t dissolve very well. And unlike stevia that I used to use, Besti doesn’t have that stevia aftertaste. Win-win!
- Ice Cubes
- Sea Salt – For salting the rim of your margarita glasses. Coarse sea salt works very nicely, but any kind you have is fine!
- Lime Wedges – A must for garnish, and also to help the salt stick to the rim.
VARIATION: Make it with sugar-free simple syrup!
Instead of powdered Besti, Wholesome Yum Zero Sugar Simple Syrup makes a perfect sweetener for skinny cocktails! You’ll need about 2-3 tablespoons per drink.
How To Make A Skinny Margarita
This section shows how to make a keto margarita, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Blend the ingredients. Combine tequila, lime juice, orange extract, Besti, and ice cubes in a powerful blender, and blend. Use more ice if needed to make four 1 cup margaritas (32 fl oz total).
TIP: Use the ice crush setting on your blender.
If you don’t have one, you can use any setting that is powerful enough to get through the ice. Blend until a slushy texture forms.
- Salt the rim. Run a slice of lime around the rim of each margarita glass (I used these glasses for a classic look!). Dip the rim into a plate or shallow bowl covered in sea salt.
- Serve. Pour the frozen skinny margaritas into the glasses. Don’t forget to garnish with slices of lime!
TIP: Blender not powerful enough?
A keto margarita on the rocks is a good option if you blender is not powerful enough to crush ice.
How To Make A Skinny Margarita On The Rocks
I like my margs frozen, so that is how this skinny margarita recipe is written. If you like it on the rocks, you can definitely do that, too:
- Salt the rim. Swipe the rim of your glass with a slice of lime and dip in sea salt.
- Add ice to the glasses. Place ice cubes directly into the glass, or into a large pitcher if you want to make a larger batch.
- Combine remaining ingredients. Blend the lime juice, Besti, and orange extract in a blender, or simply stir in a glass or pitcher. It will be pretty concentrated this way, so you’ll need to add a few tablespoons of cold water, to taste.
- Serve. Pour the skinny margarita mix over the ice and garnish with limes.
Tip: Use a cocktail shaker if you have one.
If you have a cocktail shaker, that’s even better! Divide the recipe by 4 to make a single serving, then just shake all the ingredients in the shaker with ice.
- Jalapeno – Muddle 1-2 sliced jalapenos with lime juice, then strain out the peppers and proceed with the keto margarita recipe below as written.
- Avocado – Puree 1/2 an avocado, a handful of cilantro, and the lime juice in a blender, then add to the other ingredients in the margarita recipe below. Omit the orange extract.
- Berry – Blend in some fresh strawberries or blackberries for a fruity version! Just replace 2 cups of the ice with fresh or frozen berries. You can also try other fruit for different flavors.
- Watermelon – My favorite aside from the plain version! Replace 2 cups of the ice with watermelon for the most refreshing skinny margarita recipe ever.
- Spices – Add a kick by adding chili powder to the rim in addition to salt.
- Ice Pops – Pour the blended mixture into an ice pop mold and freeze. (You can also just add tequila and lime juice to these sugar free popsicles!)
MAKE AHEAD: Make skinny margarita mix for later!
Simply blend together the lime juice, orange extract, and powdered Besti from the recipe below. Omit the tequila and ice until right before serving.
To use, blend the skinny margarita mix with tequila and ice. For an individual serving, you’ll need 1.5 tablespoons of mix, 1.5 ounces tequila, and 1 1/4 cups of ice.
How To Order A Skinny Margarita At A Restaurant?
Ordering a truly skinny marg at a restaurant or bar is tricky, because many places use a pre-made mix that is loaded with sugar. It’s worth asking if they don’t use a mix, because if not, you can ask for it without simple syrup.
If they tell you they have it pre-made, a good alternative is to get a mojito without simple syrup, as this is usually not pre-mixed and can be ordered sugar-free very easily. (Learn more skinny drink options in my guide to alcohol on keto here.)
What To Serve With Skinny Margaritas
Now that you know how to make a skinny margarita recipe, what Mexican foods will you serve it with? Try one of my readers’ favorites:
- Tacos – Pair this margarita with your fave tacos for Taco Tuesday. (Don’t forget the taco slaw!) For a taco-inspired twist, try my zucchini taco boats or taco salad for easy, healthy options.
- Quesadillas – Fill your favorite tortillas (mine are almond flour tortillas) with plenty of cheese (I love a mix of Mexican blend and Cotija)! You can even add chicken fajitas or barbacoa beef.
- Chips & Dip – Dunk your fave chips (I like almond flour tortilla chips) into fresh guacamole or fresh salsa. A meaty 7-layer taco dip or even a Mexican shrimp cocktail also pairs well!
- Other Mexican Favorites – Sip on a marg while you enjoy quick shrimp fajitas, comforting stuffed poblano peppers, or flavorful carne asada.
Skinny Margarita Recipe
Skinny Margarita Recipe (5 Minutes!)
Learn how to make the BEST skinny margarita recipe in 5 minutes! It's naturally sweetened, refreshing, and much healthier than a mix.
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Combine all ingredients (except sea salt and lime wedges) in a powerful blender. Blend using the ice crush setting until a slushy texture forms. Add more ice if needed to make about 32 fl oz (a little less than 1 L) total (for four 1-cup margaritas).
Run a slice of lime around the rim of each glass. Dip the rim into a plate or shallow bowl covered in sea salt. Pour frozen margaritas into the glasses and garnish with lime.
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