This easy Skinny Margarita recipe uses fresh ingredients to make the best margarita! Good quality tequila, fresh citrus juices and a little agave for sweetening is all you'll need!
No waiting for Cinco de Mayo to enjoy this classic cocktail gone skinny. Fresh quality ingredients and a few minutes in a cocktail shaker is all that is needed to make this great margarita.
You'll be hooked on fresh style margaritas after the first sip! This will become one of your favorite cocktail recipes, no doubt!
What's a Skinny Margarita?
A traditional margarita is made with tequila and orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Cointreau, Citronage, or for a Cadillac Margarita Grand Marnier) or using a sweetened mix. These liqueurs or mixes bump up the sugar content and the calories.
We create the classic margarita flavors with simple ingredients that are fresh, no margarita mixes, no artificial sweeteners.
What Makes it Skinny?
- Substituting fresh citrus juices for the orange liqueur or sweet and sour mix.
A regular classic margarita can range from 200-500 calories per cocktail. This version is 138 calories per cocktail and 5 WW Smartpoints (on Green, Blue or Purple).
Recipe Ingredients + Notes
Tequila. Use silver or blanco tequila.
Fresh lime juice. Fresh juice always tastes best! We love using a handheld juicer for this. It's fast, easy and extracts more juice.
Fresh orange juice. As with the lime juice, freshly squeezed orange juice tastes best!
Agave nectar. Agave is sweeter than regular sugar so you won't use as much sugar as a in a classic margarita recipe. It is a natural sweetener from the agave plant which is the same plant tequila is made from. It's in a liquid form so blends easily with the cocktail.
What tequila to use for skinny margaritas?
High quality tequila always makes for the best flavor. For this fresh margarita use Silver or Blanco tequila. It has a lighter flavor since it has not been aged.
How to rim a glass with salt
Use coarse salt or 'margarita salt' which is sold specifically to rim glasses.
Pour some salt onto a small plate or bowl, deep enough to coat the rim of a glass.
Run a lime wedge around the rim to wet it. Turn the glass upside down, place the rim of the glass into the salt and gently twist the glass to coat with salt.
Remove the glass and set upright to allow the rim to dry before adding the margarita.
How to Make it
Rim an old fashioned or rocks glass with coarse salt .
Combine tequila, fruit juices, agave nectar and a couple of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.
Add the lid and shake vigorously. Strain into the rimmed glass with fresh ice.
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- coarse salt for rimming the glass (optional)
- 1.5 ounces silver or blanco tequila
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
Rimming the glass (optional)
- Pour some salt onto a small plate or bowl, deep enough to coat the rim of a glass.
- Run a lime wedge around the rim to wet it. Turn the glass upside down, place the rim of the glass into the salt and gently twist the glass to coat with salt.
- Remove the glass and set upright to allow the rim to dry before adding the margarita.
Making the skinny margarita
- Combine tequila, lime juice, orange juice and agave nectar in a cocktail shaker or quart jar with ice.
- Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared glass with fresh ice.
- Green: 5
- Blue: 5
- Purple: 5
Kim Beaulieu says
The hooligans loved this drink. Made it during their last visit and it was two enthusiastic thumbs up from each of them.
Made this over the weekend and it was so amazing. Absolutely loved it!
Ash B says
I had my husband make this for me this past weekend and it's soo good! Love the lower sugar content too.
Such a great drink recipe! One of my favorites for sure!
Doris Layhe says
My absolute favorite. Thank you for lightening this up, it's my go-to cocktail now!
What a delicious and simple recipe this was. I am making this a regular now.
This margarita is so fun! It’s easy to make and so fresh too!
Fantastic recipe. So fresh tasting. Our new favorite.
Amy Liu Dong says
A delicious and refreshing recipe to prepare for everyone. Thank you so much!
I’m a huge fan of a hood margarita and these were spot on. Great recipe.
Oh my goodness.. i have been looking for a good recipe and i have finally found one.. cant wait to make it tomorrow for a gettoggther!
Jessica Stroup says
The perfect recipe for watching football tomorrow! Exactly what I was looking for!
Emily Flint says
These skinny margaritas were perfect for my party! I loved the addition of fresh orange juice.
This was as good as any marg I've ever had and only 138 calories!
Marion Sykes says
This is our new favorite cocktail! Love the fresh flavor. I like it better than a traditional margarita!
The BEST! Great flavor and do fresh.