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Happy National Tequila Day! Did you know that’s a thing? Yep. I didn’t either, until it randomly showed up on my news feed this morning. It’s great timing, though, because I happen to have a low carb drink recipe with tequila to share today. And, I’m pretty sure this is the best skinny margarita recipe I’ve ever had!
Apparently, there’s actually a separate National Margarita Day in February. Today, it’s all about simply tequila. But if you ask me, a skinny margarita recipe is the best way to use tequila, anyway.
It feels a little strange to be talking about drinking a sugar-free margarita in the middle of a Monday afternoon. I mean, let’s be real. You’re probably not going to be drinking right now.
Most of us are working at this time, including me. That doesn’t mean you can’t save this easy skinny margarita recipe for this weekend. I still thought today is a great day to share it!
How Much Sugar is in a Margarita?
Do you know how much sugar is in a margarita? You might be surprised. Virtually all sweet mixed drinks are incredibly high in sugar, and margaritas are no exception.
The amount of sugar in a regular margarita varies depending on how it’s made. If it’s a margarita from scratch, using tequila, triple sec and lime juice, the sugar will just come from the triple sec. This is the best case scenario, with about 11 grams of sugar in the margarita.
That doesn’t seem too bad, but sometimes this amount can actually be double or more. This is because a large margarita at a restaurant is almost always more than a typical 4 oz serving size.
Even worse, most bars and restaurants make margaritas using a mix. These can vary, but on average, the sugar content per serving is 24 grams! To put that into perspective, a teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams. So, just one serving of margarita mix is equivalent to 6 teaspoons of sugar.
And as mentioned before, a large margarita may be 2, 3, or even 4 times this amount, if not more. I’ve even seen large 32-oz margaritas. That would be a whopping 192 grams of sugar in the whole drink! Another way to put it would be 32 teaspoons of sugar. Can you imagine?!
Clearly, we need some better options. Fortunately, it’s easy to make your own healthy skinny margarita without sugar!
A Healthier Skinny Margarita Recipe
This skinny margarita recipe has only 106 calories, less than 1 gram net carbs, and 0.3 grams of sugar. It only takes a couple minutes to make, using just five ingredients. Can’t get any better than that!
And yet, it tastes absolutely delicious.
I served these low carb paleo margaritas for some friends and they didn’t even know that they were healthy or sugar-free! They agreed with me that these are simply the best skinny margarita version they’ve tried.
There is some controversy about whether alcohol is allowed on a paleo diet. It’s your call, but if you are okay with it, this paleo margarita recipe is as natural as it gets.
Either way, drinking these homemade skinny margaritas is much better option than regular ones that are filled with sugar. Sweet drinks have always been my favorite kind, but the sugar in them is a problem.
And, even if you buy the best skinny margarita mix out there, it will probably be artificially sweetened. The ones I have seen also have preservatives and other artificial ingredients. Not good at all! Sadly, I have yet to find a low sugar margarita at a bar or restaurant, or as a mix.
Sweetener for a Sugar-free Paleo Skinny Margarita
I prefer to avoid all the sugar and artificial sweeteners by making my own low carb drinks instead. Don’t worry, it’s very simple and easy!
This skinny margarita recipe is sweetened with stevia, but even my husband (not a stevia fan!) couldn’t tell. I have tried making it with erythritol before, which works okay, but it doesn’t dissolve very well.
Because of the dissolving issue, a liquid sweetener like stevia or monk fruit works better. And, it’s still completely natural.
For the stevia, there are a couple different options you can use here. The recipe includes a combination of orange extract and liquid stevia to create a healthier, sugar-free version of the typical syrups used in margarita recipes.
If you’d like, you can use orange liquid stevia instead and skip the orange extract.
You can also use liquid monk fruit sweetener instead of stevia.
The reason for the orange stevia or orange extract is to replace the Triple Sec used in traditional margarita recipes. In case you didn’t know, Triple Sec is an orange flavored liqueur. It contains 11 grams of sugar per counce.
For a homemade skinny margarita, it’s best to use a sugar-free alternative.
How To Make a Skinny Margarita
The steps for how to make a skinny margarita are so easy! I can hardly call this a recipe, there really isn’t much to it.
Start with the sugar-free homemade margarita ingredients. Combine tequila, lime juice, orange extract, stevia, and ice cubes in a powerful blender.
Select the ice crush setting on your blender. Or, you can use any setting that is powerful enough to get through the ice. Blend until a slushy texture forms.
Side note here – I recommend a high quality tequila. Even though it’s mixed in, you’ll get a much smoother skinny margarita if the alcohol is not harsh.
Add more ice if needed, to make about 32 fl oz total. This will be equivalent to four 1-cup margaritas. The exact amount of ice will vary because it depends on the size of your ice cubes and how they fit into a measuring cup. Just use your judgement to get the right amount.
Run a slice of lime around the rim of each margarita glass. Dip the rim into a plate or shallow bowl covered in sea salt. Coarse sea salt works very nicely, but any kind you have is fine!
Pour frozen margaritas into the glasses. Don’t forget to garnish with slices of lime!
How To Make Homemade Margaritas on the Rocks
I like my sugar-free margaritas frozen, so that is how this recipe is written. If you like it on the rocks, you can definitely do that, too.
Aside from preferences, a skinny margarita on the rocks is a good option if you blender is not powerful enough to crush ice.
After salting the rim of the margarita glass, place the ice cubes directly inside. Blend the rest of the ingredients (without ice). It will be pretty concentrated this way, so you’ll need to add a few tablespoons of cold water, to taste.
Once combined, pour the skinny margarita over the ice. Again, garnish with lime.
So, now that you know how to make the best skinny margarita, what foods will you serve it with? Some of my favorites are low carb tortilla chips, healthy taco salad and 3-ingredient queso dip. I’d love to hear all about yours!
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- 6 fl oz Tequila (use quality tequila)
- 1/3 cup Lime juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
- 1 1/2 tsp Orange extract (*optional - see notes)
- 1 tsp Liquid stevia (*or liquid monk fruit sweetener, or orange liquid stevia - see notes)
- 5 cup Ice cubes (or more - see instructions)
- Sea salt (for salted rim)
- Lime wedges (for garnish)
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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.
- You can omit the orange extract by using orange liquid stevia instead of regular liquid stevia.
Serving size: 1 margarita, or 1/4 of entire recipe
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