If you enjoy a good Classic Margarita, this version has no syrup or added sugars, giving you a maximum sip-worthy cocktail.
What Is a Low-Calorie Margarita
A low-calorie margarita is exactly what it sounds like a margarita that is lower in calories and has all the citrus flavors of a margarita.
Unlike a Skinny Margarita, this recipe omits orange juice and sweeteners like honey or simple syrup to lower the total calories of the cocktail while keeping the classic ingredients intact.
This recipe keeps the three main ingredients, tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, with the right ratio, turning them into a refreshing drink that satisfies without compromising on delicious and refreshing flavor.
Low-Calorie Margarita vs. Skinny Margarita
Both a low-calorie margarita and a skinny margarita are lower in total calories than a traditional margarita. However, a low-calorie margarita omits the juices and keeps all the alcohol, while the skinny margarita replaces the essential ingredient of Cointreau or Triple Sec with citrus, a substitute such as freshly squeezed orange juice and a little honey.
Low-Calorie Margarita vs. Regular Margarita
The difference between this low-calorie Margarita and a regular Margarita is that this recipe does not have any simple syrup or sweetener added, and therefore, it's lower in calories, at 190 calories vs. 250 calories.
How many calories are in a low-calorie Margarita?
This low-calorie Margarita has 190 calories and is delicious. Personally, I don't find it needs the extra 60 calories from the sweetener and is worth sipping on.
This low-calorie margarita is all about keeping what you love without the extra calories by combining your favorite tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice. You'll find the measurements for this cocktail in the recipe card below.
- Blanco or Silver Tequila: use your favorite brand.
- Cointreau or Triple Sec: a classic ingredient in margaritas.
- Lime juice: freshly squeezed is best.
- Ice: makes it nice and chilled.
- Salt: optional for rimming.
How to Make a Low-Calorie Margarita
If you can measure, shake, and pour you can make this simple recipe for a low-calorie margarita in minutes! You'll need to:
- Prep the Glass
If you love a rimmed glass, rub a lime wedge along the rim and dip it into salt. Set it aside to dry.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice.
Secure the top and shake well until the sides are frosted.
- Serve & Garnish
Fill the glass with ice and the low-calorie margarita mixture, and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Does a Low-Calorie Margarita Have Less Alcohol?
No. Both low-calorie margaritas and regular margaritas contain the same amount of alcohol, but a low-calorie margarita contains less sugar.
Best Tequila for Low-Calorie Margaritas
I recommend using a Silver or Blanco tequila to make a margaritas. And, since all tequilas contain the same amount of calories, I recommend using your favorite. Some great ones are Patrón Silver, Casamigos Blanco, and Espolón Blanco.
How to Serve a Low-Calorie Margarita
Enjoy this low-calorie margarita over ice, with or without rimming the glass with salt, garnished with a wedge of lime, and served with Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos!
Epic Low-Calorie Margarita
- 1 ½ ounces Silver or Blanco tequila
- 1 /2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
- ¾ ounce fresh lime juice, about 1 lime
- Salt for rimming, optional
- If you enjoy a salted glass, prep the rim of your glass by rubbing a lime wedge along the rim. Dip in tequila salt, and set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Shake until the sides are fully frosted.
- Pour into the prepared glass and garnish with a wedge of lime.