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Skinny Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe

    Made with freshly squeezed citrus juice, silver tequila, and sparkling water, this naturally sweetened, low carb margarita recipe is bright, refreshing, and not too sweet.

    Low Calorie Margarita HR

    Whether it’s a low key date night in, cocktails with girlfriends, or a big taco night party with friends and family, nothing sets the mood quite like a margarita.

    Citrus Margaritas

    Traditional restaurant versions are loaded in sugar and excess calories but in my opinion, a really good margarita doesn’t need to be cloyingly sweet.  Here is my step-by-step guide to make a low carb orange margarita at home.

    Salt Rimmed Glasses

    While completely optional, I love a salt rim on my margarita to balance the naturally sweet citrus juice. It also cuts the alcohol flavor a bit making it easier to sip.

    How to make a salt rim on a glass?

    Total Time: 5 minutes

    Moisten the rim of the glass

    Gently moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge.

    Apply the salt

    pour a little salt onto a plate (I like to use Kosher salt) then gently run the moistened glass rim around the salt to coat.

    Finish

    Once you’ve salted the rim, add in the ice and set aside.

    Making Salt Rim on Margartia

    Not a fan of a salt rim? No problem – swap out with sugar or omit entirely. It’ll still be a delicious cocktail.

    Slicing Limes
    Squeezing Lime Juice

    To create my low carb margarita, I add three simple ingredients into the cocktail shaker: silver tequila, lime juice, and the juice from one orange.

    Squeezing Oranges
    Shaking Margaritas

    Add ice then shake, shake, shake until chilled.

    Pouring Margaritas

    Next, fill the glasses about 2/3 full leaving a bit of room on the top for sparkling water. You can use any flavor you wish: orange, lime, lemon, etc. all work well. Using sparkling water is a great way to add effervescence and fizz without added calories or sugar.

    Sparkling Water

    Frequently asked questions:

    What’s the best type of tequila to use for margaritas?

    I like to use any brand of silver tequila but you can feel free to use what you have on hand or what you prefer!

    What if I prefer a sweeter margarita?

    To create a sweeter margarita, you can add in orange liqueur such as triple sec or Cointreau. You can also add in simple syrup which is 1 part sugar dissolved in 2 parts liquid.

    What’s the difference between triple sec and Cointreau?

    Triple sec, a liqueur made from the skins of oranges, ranges in alcohol content from 15% to 30%, depending on the brand. Cointreau, a proprietary orange liqueur made from sweet and bitter orange skins, is stronger, at 40%. Since these both contain a lot of sugar, I prefer to keep my margarita naturally sweetened with orange juice.

    Can I prepare these margaritas in advance?

    Absolutely! Simply double or triple the recipe and mix together in a pitcher. When it’s time to serve, shake over ice and top with sparkling water.

    Liz Holding Margarita

    If you’re looking to change up the recipe a great way to do that would be to muddle in fresh herbs or chilis (such as jalapenos) in the cocktail shaker before adding in the juice and tequila. You can also try infusing your tequila by letting it steep with orange rind, jalapenos, etc.

    Skinny Margaritas Recipe

    With just 8 g of carbohydrates per serving, this guilt-free skinny margarita is going to be your new go-to cocktail recipe! Want more delicious cocktail recipes? Click here. Have blood oranges on hand? Try my Frozen Blood Orange Margaritas instead.

    Low Carb Margarita Recipe

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    Skinny Orange Margarita Cocktail

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    Made with freshly squeezed citrus juice, silver tequila, and sparkling water, this low carb skinny orange margarita recipe is refreshing, and not too sweet.
    PREP: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 10 mins
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    Servings: 4

    Ingredients
     

    • 8 ounces silver tequila
    • 1 large orange (juiced)
    • 4 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed)
    • sparkling water (any flavor such as lime or orange)
    • salt, lime wedges (optional garnish for rim)

    Instructions
     

    • To rim the glasses, gently moisten the rim of four glasses with a lime wedge. Pour about 1/4 cup of salt on a plate then gently move the moistened rim around to coat with the salt. Fill each glass with ice then set aside.
    • In a cocktail shake, mix together tequila, lime juice and orange juice with ice. Shake well then pour mixture over four glasses, about 2/3 full. Top each glass with sparkling water to serve.

    Notes

    This recipe is not meant to be sweet but if you prefer a sweeter margarita, replace orange juice with orange liqueur and add in simple syrup to taste. 

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1glassCalories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 116mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 118IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    2 Comments

    1. Hi, this looks amazing! I cant wait to try it! I do not own a cocktail shaker, so I really dont know if just a blender bottle would work?

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