This fresh skinny orange margarita brings the Halloween spirit to your next Halloween party or to celebrate the spooky season! It's an easy, fresh-style Halloween margarita without all the calorie-heavy syrupy liqueurs for guilt-free sipping in the spooky season!
It's great to have a Halloween cocktail recipe on hand for Halloween parties that don't break the calorie bank. This easy recipe delivers a Happy Halloween with fresh ingredients and no booze overload.
What makes this skinny?
As a calorie comparison this margarita has 175 calories versus traditional margaritas with sweet liqueurs which can range from 300-500 calories depending on their size!
- No calorie-packed orange liqueurs are used. Typically you'd find triple sec, Grand Marnier or another orange liqueur used. We stuck with fresh fruit juice.
- No margarita mix or sweet and sour mix is used.
- No simple syrup is used.
- One and one half ounces or tequila is used for each cocktail. This is a normal portion of alcohol for cocktails though they are often made with more.
Recipe Ingredients Notes
Tequila. Use silver tequila or blanco tequila. This type of tequila is aged the least and gives the Halloween margarita classic margarita flavor.
Fresh lime juice. Using fresh fruit juice makes a big difference in the fresh flavor of this tasty Halloween tequila drink (and all other margaritas too). Squeeze by hand or use a handheld juicer for maximum juice extraction and filtering of the seeds.
Fresh orange juice. This is what gives the themed margarita it's beautiful color and signature flavor. Juice the oranges fresh or use 100% fresh juice without pulp.
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.
How to make an Orange Halloween Margarita
STEP 1. Combine ingredients
Using a cocktail shaker or quart size Mason jar combine the tequila, orange juice, lime juice and agave nectar (photos 1-3). Add a large handful of ice.
STEP 2. Shake
Add a handful of ice, seal. Shake vigorously.
STEP 3. Strain
Strain the orange margarita into the prepared glass with fresh ice (photo 4).
STEP 4. OPTIONAL: add dry ice
For a spooky cocktail add a very small piece of dry ice to create a fogging effect. NOTE: there are precautions when using dry ice. Please read below.
Lighten it up. If you love the idea of this perfect Halloween cocktail but want to lighten it in calories or alcohol add some club soda or orange flavored seltzer water.
Make it a mocktail. Instead of the tequila make it a fizzy mocktail with some orange seltzer.
Use black salt. If rimming the glass go full spooky Halloween cocktails try some black lava salt on the rim instead of regular salt!
How to salt a glass rim
Adding salt to the rims of the glasses is traditional with any margarita but also completely optional.
Use semi-coarse salt or 'margarita salt' which is sold specifically to rim glasses. Margarita glasses or regular individual glasses can be used. Or use some fun Halloween marg glasses. The jack-o-lantern glasses shown here can be found here.
- 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.
Dry Ice Safety
Dry ice is the perfect addition to drinks for fun cocktails and spooky margarita recipes but must be used with caution. It's not regular ice and can cause burns when handling or if swallowing.
Please read this Dry Ice Guide on our sister site for everything from where to buy it, how to store it and how to handle it. Here are some highlights:
- Always handle dry ice safely. Keep away from children and pets.
- Never handle dry ice with your bare hands. I recommend temperature proof gloves and silicone utensils.
- Never consume dry ice– wait until all cocktails have stopped smoking before enjoying.
- Store dry ice in a well ventilated container– never seal dry ice in a cooler.