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 or frozen mumbo jumbo would be allowed, my rim would be salted, and I’d splash in a little extra tequila for good luck. On days I’m behaving, I’d opt for this skinny margarita recipe.
On days I’m not behaving…I’d opt for a pitcher of skinny margaritas, and a few best gal pals with whom to share it!
I never tire of a good margarita. 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.
As an a self-processed margarita snob aficionado, I love trying new margarita flavor combinations, like these Peach Jalapeno Margaritas and this Grapefruit Margarita. It’s an affinity I suspect is genetic. My mom loves margaritas in all variations too.
Given our mutual appreciation for a good ‘rita, when my mom visited Milwaukee few weeks ago, I took her out for Taco Thursday. When the server asked for our drink order, 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 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 your discretion, though most suggested more lime juice than orange juice, equal parts tequila and lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of agave.
I prefer my margaritas a little heavier on the lime juice and lighter on the agave, which this skinny margarita recipe reflects but please adjust the recipe to suit your own margarita needs.
For further skinny margarita “research,” I included a few fun ways to customize this skinny margarita recipe too.
With Cinco de Mayo next week, you may want to bookmark this skinny margarita recipe for trial tonight. Best nail your perfect version of a skinny margarita now, so you’ll be ready when the fiesta starts!
Tools I used to make this recipe:
- I used a simple citrus juicer I purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond, but I’m thinking it’s time to upgrade to this one
- Cocktail shaker
This skinny margarita recipe is incredibly light and refreshing for less calories! Made with just fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice, agave, and tequila.
Yield: 1 margarita (can easily be multiplied)
Total Time: 5 minutes
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)
- Optional ingredients (see below)
- Make it fruity: Muddle fruits like strawberries, blackberries, slices, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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