Recipe: Skinny Margarita (On The Rocks)

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I love a good margarita, but the super-sized frozen margaritas commonly served at Mexican restaurants are typically well over 700 calories. And margarita mixes you buy pre-made are full of sugar and food coloring.

Instead, I like to make my own healthy margarita. It has simple ingredients and is a snap to make. I make this skinny margarita on the rocks as opposed to the frozen margaritas typically served at a restaurant. This makes it a low-calorie margarita, but still with delicious flavor!

So whether you’re making up a big batch of guacamole and throwing a fiesta alongside these skinny margaritas or just sipping on them on a summer evening after dinner, we’re sure this is a recipe you’ll come back to time and again.

 

How Many Calories In a Skinny Margarita?

This is a low-calorie margarita recipe. There are approximately 64 calories per ounce of tequila and 76 calories in cointreau. Other than that, there really are no calories. Stevia and monk fruit both are no-calorie sweeteners and the calories from lime and lemon juice are negligible. 

How To Make A Homemade Simple Syrup

For this skinny margarita recipe, I like to make a very easy, “simple syrup.” All I do is mix 1 packet of stevia or 1 packet of monk fruit powder with a few drops of hot water. The hot water helps it to dissolve before it goes in the drink, however, if you’d like to just add it directly into your margarita, you can do so.

We typically do about 1 packet per drink, but you can add this to taste.

Best Tequila For Margaritas

While any tequila will work for making these skinny margaritas, our personal favorite and what I think is the best tequila for margaritas is casamigos.

How To Make A Margarita On The Rocks

Making a margarita on the rocks could not be easier. This recipe makes four servings, but of course you can adapt to just make one, etc. Here are the steps:

  1. Juice your lime and lemons. Set aside.
  2. Make a simple syrup by combining 1 packet of stevia or 1 packet of monk fruit powder with a few drops of hot water – we typically use about 1 packet per drink. Set aside.
  3. Line up 4 glasses and run a slice of lime around each rim. Dip in margarita salt and fill each glass with ice. 
  4. Add 1 shot of tequila and 1 shot of cointreau to each glass.
  5. Equally distribute the lime/lemon juice between the 4 glasses.
  6. Add simple syrup to taste.
  7. Fill each with sparkling water.

Margarita Recipe Variations

Skinny Spicy Margarita

We love adding a few jalapeños to the glass for a spicy option. Before adding anything else, add a few slices of jalapeno to each glass. Muddle it around in the glass, then proceed with the recipe as normal, add your ice, lemon/lime juice, alcohol and sparkling water.

Sweetener Variations

Agave: Some people prefer to use agave as a sweetener for their margarita. This is a liquid sweetener that contains less glucose and thus a lower glycemic index than table sugar. 

Real sugar: We like to use stevia or monk fruit to eliminate added sugars, but if you prefer to use real sugar, you can do so using the same steps. Keep in mind that real sugar might take a bit more stirring to dissolve.

Favorite Margarita Tools

We are seriously obsessed with this citrus juicer. I think it is an absolute must-have, not only for making these skinny margaritas but also for all of your citrus juicing needs. 

If you’re making a skinny spicy margarita, it’s nice to have a muddler on hand for the jalapenos as well. These ice cube molds are also super fun to use for margaritas on the rocks and cocktails in general.

Yield: 4 serving(s)

Ingredients

  • Juice from 6 limes
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Homemade simple syrup, to taste
  • Margarita salt (for the rim of glasses)
  • 4 shots Tequila (1 shot per serving)
  • 4 shots Cointreau (1 shot per serving)
  • Sparkling water

Directions

  1. Juice your lime and lemons. Set aside.
  2. Make a simple syrup by combining 1 packet of stevia or 1 packet of monk fruit powder with a few drops of hot water - we typically use about 1 packet per drink. Set aside.
  3. Line up 4 glasses and run a slice of lime around each rim. Dip in margarita salt and fill each glass with ice.
  4. Add 1 shot of tequila and 1 shot of cointreau to each glass.
  5. Equally distribute the lime/lemon juice between the 4 glasses.
  6. Add simple syrup to taste.
  7. Fill each with sparkling water.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: 4

Calories: 145

Sugar: 8 gram(s)

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6 Comments


on May 31, 2021 at 2:09 PM Reply

This was delicious! Used liquid stevia and added a Grand Marnier floater. So good!!


on May 20, 2020 at 6:53 AM Reply

The triple sec has calories - apprx 103 per ounce. And carbs - 11g per ounce.


on May 7, 2018 at 5:11 PM Reply

It looks very breezy. Must be really good for a hot, sunny weather


on August 20, 2017 at 7:19 PM Reply

Hi there! I just love this idea! I was wondering if you would be happy for me to share on my site The Margarita Mum. https://www.instagram.com/the_margarita_mum/?hl=en I am showcasing skinny margarita ideas for the month of August. I would post this pic on Instagram, Facebook and my website. I would not divulge the recipe ... I would direct them to your site. Cheers, Rhonda


    on August 21, 2017 at 7:35 AM Reply

    Sure, Rhonda!


on June 28, 2015 at 6:41 AM Reply

whst is the calories if you used really tequila instead. Also I asked about a wrist band for walking




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