Pour a party in a glass! This classic skinny margarita has a traditional taste without all the extra calories. Focus on relaxing, not counting calories!
Perfect Skinny Margarita
What is your favorite thing about margaritas? They remind me of chilling on a beach, with a little umbrella in my drink. I love making a big pitcher of them for girl’s night and just letting the night have a mind of its own.
Traditional margaritas are really high in calories. Depending on the size, they can run around 300 calories each.
You don’t have to totally give up your favorite drinks when you are trying to live healthier – you just have to find a way to make them with less sugar.
These skinny margaritas have the same combination of triple sec, tequila, and lime juice. I just substituted Stevia for syrup. It cut the calories by half. The flavor is the same, but the calories are not – and that’s what I call a fantastic drink.
This is a basic recipe for two skinny margaritas and you can never go wrong with it. I will even share some ideas you can do with them. It’s easy to make them without the triple sec or even make a few virgin skinny margaritas (if you need to avoid alcohol).
So, grab your drink shaker and get ready for a refreshing and delicious taste of Mexico!
This is a very simple drink recipe that stays true to the original. I used the same kind of liquor and garnish, just changed the syrup. The tequila is the star of the show – but you can make it as strong as you like!
Here’s a bit more about what I used when I made two skinny margaritas:
- Blanco tequila: Use your favorite kind of tequila, which is always the base of a good margarita. I used 4.5 ounces of Blanco tequila, but any type of white tequila is perfect. Adjust that to make it as strong or mild as you want.
- Triple sec: You’ll also need a little more than a triple sec shot (2 ounces). My favorite kind is Cointreau but any kind of orange-flavored liquor will work perfectly.
- Fresh lime juice: Use the same amount of lime juice as you did tequila. The fresh-squeezed lime juice will taste a lot better than jarred.
- Stevia: Sweeten the margaritas with either 1 packet of Stevia or 12 drops of liquid Stevia. You can use any type of liquid sugar substitute that you like.
- Club soda or lime club soda: I like my margaritas to have a bubbly taste, so I always add a little bit of club soda. If you want to enhance the lime flavors, use lime club soda instead!
- Margarita salt: What is a margarita without salt for the rim of your glass? Don’t forget this very important garnish.
- Lime slices: Garnish your glasses with some fresh lime slices too.
- Ice: Don’t forget to have some ice ready! This is super important for a refreshing party-ready margarita.
Kitchen Tools Required
If you have ever made a mixed drink before, then you probably already have everything you need.
Gather the following items before you begin:
- Margarita Glasses
- Sharp Knife
- Cocktail Shaker
- Shot Glasses (for measuring)
How To Make A Skinny Margarita
Become your own favorite mixologist! This is one of the easiest drinks you will ever make.
First, wet the rim of two margarita glasses with a wedge of lime. Dip the glasses into some margarita salt so the rim is coated.
Fill the glasses with ice. Fill the shaker with ice too (this is how you keep everything so cold and refreshing)
In a shaker, add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and stevia. Place the lid on tight and shake it up.
Pour equally into two margarita glasses, then top each glass with seltzer. Stir the margaritas. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Below are some common questions people have about how to make skinny margaritas. Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
What makes it a skinny margarita?
This is a skinny margarita because I use a sugar substitute instead of syrup. This cuts the calories way down and still lets you enjoy the same flavors as a margarita.
Does a skinny margarita have alcohol in it?
Yes, a skinny margarita has alcohol in it. I used both tequila and triple sec in my margarita.
What is the difference between mojitos and margaritas?
Both of these drinks are associated with relaxing on a beach, so it is easy to get them confused. Mojitos are a mixed drink that usually consists of rum, lemon juice, and mint, along with sugar and club soda.
Margaritas are usually made with tequila and lemon juice and served in a cup that is rimmed with salt.
How do you make a non-alcoholic margarita?
It’s pretty easy to make a virgin margarita. Just combine lime juice, orange juice, sweetener of your choice, and your favorite sparkling water. You can even serve it in a cup with a salted rim and garnish it with fresh lime.
What do I use if I don’t have triple sec?
To give your drink a classic margarita flavor, I suggest using any type of orange-flavored liquor instead of triple sec. It’s totally fine if you omit it without replacing it – the drink will still taste really good.
How do you make this a frozen margarita?
It’s really easy to turn this recipe into a frozen margarita (which is really refreshing on hot days). Just add all the ingredients to a blender along with a couple of handfuls of ice. Then, blend it until it has the same consistency as a slushie.
Pour it into a cup with a salted rim and enjoy your frozen margarita!
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
Here are some more of my favorite mixed drink recipes to make. Enjoy!
- Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail
- Easy White Sangria Recipe
- Healthy Pina Colada
- Easy Watermelon Margarita
- Watermelon Kombucha Cocktail
Photos by Moriah Sawtelle and recipe by Erin Antoniak.
- 4.5 oz blanco tequila
- 2 oz triple sec
- 4.5 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 packet or 12 drops stevia
- club soda or lime club soda
- margarita salt
- lime slices
- Wet the rim of two margarita glasses with the wedge of a lime. Dip into margarita salt so the rim is coated.
- Fill glasses with ice. Fill shaker with ice.
- In shaker, add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and stevia. Place lid on tight and shake.
- Pour equally into two margarita glasses, then top each glass with seltzer. Stir. Garnish with lime wedge.
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