Recipe: Tequila Soda

Beverage Recipes, Cocktail Recipes


By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Don’t let its minimalism fool you—the best things come in simple packages! Our Tequila Soda recipe uses two simple ingredients, could not be easier to make, and is one of the best low calorie tequila drinks.

Serve it up on good days, bad days, for a party of one or a company get-together. Tequila Soda is one of those low calorie tequila drinks that still offers a refreshing, citrusy flavor without the calories found in a margarita, for example (and there’s no added sugar).

It’s one of the best low calorie tequila drinks to sip on when you’re in the mood for a delicious cocktail without the guilt! 


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    Why Tequila Soda is One of the Best Low Calorie Tequila Drinks

    A Tequila Soda contains only 128 calories—the amount in two ounces of tequila (soda water is calorie-free). Of course, the calorie total may vary depending on whether you use flavored soda water, sparkling water, or pre-sweetened juices. 

    On the other hand, a margaritaespecially one ordered in a restaurantis typically packed with sugar, carbs, and calories, making it one of the most unhealthy options for a tequila fix.

    This makes tequila soda one of the best low calorie tequila drinks due to its low content of calories, carbs, and sugar!

    What Does Tequila Soda Taste Like?

    While some cocktails are overly sweet, this tequila soda is crisp, bubbly, and refreshing with a hint of sweetness from the tequila. The lime and soda water also perfectly match the citrus flavor of a Blanco tequila.

    Tequila Soda Ingredients

    Tequila Soda contains two simple ingredients: your choice of tequila and soda water. Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient:

    The Tequila

    Tequila is a low calorie alcohol with zero carbohydrates. As far as alcohol goes, it’s not a bad option, with only 97 calories in a standard 1.5-ounce serving.

    Tequila is distilled from agave (a fruit) so there is no trace of wheat or barley, making it gluten-free. It’s also incredibly versatile. Just make sure you look for 100% agave tequila.

    Different Types of Tequila

    Like wine, the kind of tequila depends on many things: its preparation, aging time, whether it’s 100% agave, and so on. Here’s a quick rundown on the four most common types of tequila:

    • Tequila Blanco: The cleanest flavor of citrus and salt
    • Tequila Joven: A little spicy and smokey with a smooth finish
    • Tequila Reposado: You’ll taste a sweet oak flavor because of the barrels it is aged in
    • Tequila Añejo: Aged in oak barrels for over a year, this tequila typically has a smokey salty flavor with a caramel finish

    For this cocktail, Blanco (also called silver) provides the best flavor for pairing with soda water.

    The Soda Water

    You can use club soda, seltzer, or sparkling mineral water. 

    The key is avoiding a sweet mixer. Tonic water, Sprite, or 7Up will increase your caloric intake. You want the crispness of sparkling water without the added sugar or calories of a sweet mixer.

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    How to Make Tequila Soda

    Pour 2 ounces of tequila over ice and mix in 3 or more ounces of club soda—and that’s it! You’ve got yourself one of the best low calorie tequila drinks for a refreshing escape.

    As for a garnish? A fresh squeeze of a lime wedge is the perfect addition. You can also substitute your soda water with lime sparkling water for an equally refreshing drink that is still low in calories. 

    A squeeze of grapefruit also adds a delightful punch to this drink. Of course, it isn’t 100% necessary, but we really love the flavor it adds. No grapefruits around? You can also try a lemon or orange squeeze.

    For a spicier kick, add a few jalapenos!

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    Total Time: 2 minutes

    Yield: 1 serving(s)


    • 6-10 ounce glass
    • 2 ounces tequila
    • 3 ounces club soda
    • Squeeze of lime juice (optional)
    • Squeeze of grapefruit juice (optional)
    • Jalapenos (optional)


    1. Fill a 6 to 10-ounce glass with ice and add 2 ounces of tequila. Top with 3 ounces (or more) of club soda.
    2. Garnish with a squeeze of lime or grapefruit, or top with a few jalapeno slices (optional).

    Nutrition Information Per Serving

    Calories: 128

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    This is a great drink and line the rim with trecha! Wonderful salt combo with chili powder!

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    This is very amazing! Thank you and I have a Soda Stream so I brought it out of storage to use. Thank you!

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    Ted’s review of this drink is my favorite review ever.

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    Lol at the above exchange. What a crazy world we live in...... We can get recipes AND be able to leave smarty pants comments. It’s a win win. 😎

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    Where are the 20 grams of Carbs coming from? You would have to add a 1/2 cup of lime juice and a 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice to get 20 grams of carbs...unless I am missing soemthing???

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      Hi Tony - thanks for the note. We went back to our nutrition calculator and re-calculated. You're right - the carb count was off and it has now been updated.

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    Hahaha Ok I am calling out Ted. That was definitely an advertisement that has nothing to do with the content of the article. Maybe he had a few too many of your recommended drink. I look forward to trying this out. Thank you

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    I think I would avoid having my daughter rub noses with Mickey Mouse as shown in the video. Unless, of course, Coronavirus is not aconcern to you!?

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      Hi Ted! I'm not sure which video you're referring to? Maybe an advertisement on the site? The coronavirus is absolutely a concern to us. Sorry if there was something you saw that was inconsistent with that.

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