Skinny Margarita

It’s a Monday holiday, and that calls for a Skinny Margarita! In addition to being one of my favorite drink recipes, this simple, four-ingredient cocktail has become one of yours too. I added a fun video for a single serving (you can watch it below), but you can easily scale this recipe for a crowd. A few of you (hi Jordan and Jamie!) have even told me that, after you made these Skinny Margaritas once for ladies’ night, your friends started requesting you bring it to every gathering. Cheers. Also, if you have room for one more lady, you know who to call.

This is the BEST Skinny Margarita! Made simply with just fresh juices, agave, and tequila. All of the refreshing margarita flavor for less calories! @wellplated

If I could only have one cocktail for the rest of my days (a semi-alarming prospect indeed), it would be a fresh margarita. No mixes, bottled juices, or frozen mumbo jumbo here. Give me my rim salted, my ice cubes large and in charge, and an extra splash of tequila for good luck.

When made properly—meaning the recipe ingredients include only fresh juices, liquor, and agave or simple syrup—a margarita is one of the most refreshing, satisfying drinks you’ll taste.

Margaritas make me think of sunny, relaxed afternoons outside, long vacations, and nights out with my sisters. They remind me of Taco Tuesdays (and Taco Thursdays) at our favorite Mexican joint in Milwaukee and beaches where I’d like to dig my toes into the sand. I never tire of those feelings, and I certainly never tire of a well-made margarita.

Grab a glass and make the PERFECT Skinny Margarita. With just fresh juice, tequila, and agave, these margaritas have all of the flavor and none of the guilt! @wellplated

Margarita romance runs in our family. They are one of my mom’s favorite drinks, so when she visited Milwaukee last year, I took her out for Taco Thursday, where she requested a “skinny margarita.”

I’ve witnessed my mom order a skinny margarita at numerous restaurants on numerous occasions, and unless it’s a drink the restaurant already has on its menu, the server usually doesn’t know what she means (and when asked, she isn’t quite sure herself). For her benefit, our servers’ benefit, and the benefit of margarita drinkers the world over, I did a bit of digging to determine what exactly makes a margarita recipe a skinny margarita recipe.

The PERFECT Skinny Margarita. Light, refreshing, and made with just 4 ingredients: Lime juice, orange juice, tequila and agave. @wellplated

The results of my salt-rimmed research: a skinny margarita is comprised of fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice (in place of the more calorie-laden triple sec), tequila, and agave nectar. The exact ratio of these four ingredients is at your discretion, though most suggested more lime juice than orange juice, equal parts tequila and lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of agave.

I like my margarita to bite me back a bit, so I lean heavier on the lime juice and lighter on the agave, which this skinny margarita recipe reflects. Please feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your own margarita needs and preferences.

Skinny Margarita recipe — all of the refreshing margarita taste without the calories! Made simply with fresh juices, agave, and tequila. @wellplated

This Skinny Margarita recipe is also an excellent base for all sorts of adaptations. This Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe is one of my recent favorites, and I’ve included a few ideas to add fruit to your Skinny Margarita too.

Tools I used to make this Skinny Margarita recipe:

For a step-by-step of how to make this Skinny Margarita recipe, watch this short video:


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Skinny Margarita

This skinny margarita recipe is incredibly light and refreshing for fewer calories! Made with just fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, agave, and tequila.

Yield: 1 margarita (can easily be multiplied)

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Classic Skinny Margarita:

  • To rim the glass: kosher salt, lime wedge
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 large or 1 1/2 small limes)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1/2 medium orange)
  • 1 teaspoon light agave nectar (add 2 if you prefer a sweeter margarita)
  • Ice
  • Optional ingredients (see below)

Optional variations:

  • Make it fruity: Muddle fruits such as strawberries, blackberries,  or raspberries in the bottom of your glass, then pour the margarita on top and stir.
  • Swap the citrus: In place of orange juice, try grapefruit juice (my favorite), blood orange juice, or pomegranate juice.
  • Rim it up: Instead of just salt, try mixing half salt and half sugar into your rim blend. A pinch of chipotle powder is another of my favorite twists.

Directions:

  1. Rim the glass: Pour a thin layer of salt onto a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the top edge of your glass to moisten it, then dip the glass into the salt so that it sticks, tapping all the way around. Fill the glass with ice and set aside.
  2. Fill a small cocktail shaker with additional ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave. Tightly close and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds (it’s longer than you think). Strain into the rimmed glass over the ice. Enjoy immediately.
All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 145
  • Total Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 1mg
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Protein: 0g

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

22 comments

  1. I don’t have a favourite cocktail I would drink for the rest of my life, but this sounds quite nice! I love the variations you added, perfect for all types of occasions.

  2. Mhm, huge fan. You’re making me want cinco de Mayo all the time-o

  3. My 21st birthday is Cinco de Mayo….ALL OF THE MARGARITAS. Definitely need to make this skinny version!

  4. It surprises me that restaurants don’t know what a skinny margarita is. Actually, it surprises me that they haven’t caught on more with health trends in general. 

  5. On the list for the weekend, thank you!
    I do highly recommend this juicer- total game changer for me.  To use for oranges, I just quarter them first and it works great.
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/chefn-citrus-juicer-press/?cm_src=AutoRel

  6. This is EXACTLY how I like my margaritas!!! I love adding fresh squeezed oranges to it too!

    Rating: 5
  7. love these skinny margs WITHOUT all the preservatives!!!! great recipe for the weekend Erin

    Rating: 5
  8. how can i make this in a pitcher for about 20 people?

  9. These were DELICIOUS! (I did use half a stevia packet in place of the agave though). I will say that each drink was on the smaller side, but that was okay. They are so much better than those giant sickeningly-sweet margaritas you can get at a cheap restaurant, that you actually enjoy taking  your time sipping on them! I will definitely be making them again. Love, a Texan who’s tried plenty o’ restaurant margaritas in our many Tex-Mex restaurants :) 

    Rating: 5
    • Blair, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this margarita! Thanks so much for trying it out and taking the time to leave this great review! :)

  10. I found a classic Margarita was a bit too strong so I like how you added the agave nectar and the orange juice (:

  11. thank you so much for breaking down this recipe and posting it! I don’t like those gallon jugs of margarita mix either – way too sweet! So very happy to have this!

  12. I love a good, fresh margarita, and your recipe sounds great, except I will not buy or use agave syrup.  I would probably try coconut nectar (I know agave is flavorless, which is preferable).

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