How To Make A Skinny Margarita

skinny margarita recipe

I thought about making a fancy flavored margarita today, but then I remembered that Jose Cuervo was the MAN. You guys, he invented the margarita. So today is an ode to Jose and his genius recipe that we all know and love. Who doesn’t love a margarita? If you don’t, we can’t be friends.

Margaritas are best enjoyed on a hot summer day if you ask me. Preferably with chips and queso, and of course good friends. I like to make my margaritas skinny and fresh. That means, freshly squeezed lime juice, a squeeze of agave nectar (or honey which is what I had on hand) and good quality tequia. There’s a few favorites I like to have on hand for a great margarita.

Best Tequilas For Margaritas

  • Jose Cuervo Tradicional
  • Casamigos
  • Cazadores Anejo or Blanco
  • Espelon Silver
  • Herradura Silver

How To Make A Skinny Margarita

A skinny margarita really is just a simplified margarita using really fresh ingredients. It skips the triple sec or Cointreau which adds a ton of sugar. You can either fully omit this or add a litlte squeeze of orange to still get that hint of orange citrus. But typically a good tequila paired with a little squeeze of agave (or honey) and a lot of fresh lime juice is the best way to whip up a skinny margarita. I typically recommend about equal parts tequila to lime for a good mix!


  • 1.5 oz good tequila
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • .5 oz of agave or honey (a little squeeze is fine, no oneed to measure!)
  • Ice


Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake it for at least 30 seconds. Strain over ice and garnish with a lime wedge. Optional, you can add a salt rim. Just rub the rim with a lime half and dunk in chunky salt.

Different Margaritas To Make

My favorite thing about a margarita is that this recipe can really be the base of several fun margarita flavors. From strawberry margaritas (here’s my recipe for that!) to watermelon and basil. Really any good fresh fruit works perfectly in a margarita from berries to melons and citrus. And you can add in some fresh herbs that complement the flavors. You can also use some vegetables too like cucumbers or add in a jalapeno for a bit of spice! A personal favorite is a watermelon jalapeno margarita.

Lastly, don’t forget about the rim! The options here are also endless. Obviously salt is a classic, but you can always zhush up your salt with spices and herbs too. For a spicy rim try Tajin or chili powder with some salt. Or if you’re doing something sweet, you can always do a sugar rim too.

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Skinny Margarita
An easy, refreshing and low calorie version of your favorite margarita.
Servings: 1
Author: Jessica | My Style Vita
  • 1.5 oz Jose Cuervo
  • Juice of 2-3 limes
  • 1 tsp honey or agave
  • Ice Cubes
  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

PS check out all my favorite cocktails here!

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 5.21.14

    It looks great! Need to try it!


  2. 5.21.14
    alice said:

    LOVE IT!

    Kisses from Italy dear


  3. 5.21.14
    StushiGal Style said:

    I love pretty drinks! I think I might give this one a try!

  4. 3.30.18
    Brandy said:

    BEST margarita I have ever had thanks so much for the recipe!