Satisfying Skinny Margarita That's Chock Full of Flavor

We don't like to sacrifice on the good stuff, and this skinny margarita recipe packs the perfect punch.

Updated February 11, 2024
Skinny Margarita

Light on calories and big on taste, this skinny margarita will make your taste buds dance. Cutting back doesn't mean sacrificing on the good stuff. Our skinny margarita has a zesty citrus punch with crisp tequila notes that balance perfectly with every meal. 

How to Make a Skinny Margarita 

The slimmest skinny margaritas consist of just tequila and lime juice, but we're not in the land of depriving our taste buds of flavor. This recipe adds a bit of tangy orange and agave for a sweeter spin on the quintessential classic. 


  • Lime wedge and salt for rim
  • 1¾ ounces silver tequila
  • 1¼ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ ounce agave nectar
  • Ice
  • Lime wheel for garnish


  1. To prepare the rim, rub a rocks glass' rim with the lime wedge.
  2. With the salt on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the salt to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into the prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Quick Tip

There are many ways to make a flavored skinny margarita without adding sugar. Use freshly squeezed watermelon for a refreshing blend or sugar-free raspberry syrup for a berry flavor. 

Related: Spicy Skinny Margarita Recipe That Puts Some Sizzle in Your Sip

7 Variations and Substitutions to Try 

There's no standard or set recipe for the skinny margarita. Get creative and explore new flavors with these variations and substitutions. 

  • Skip the agave if you don't like any added sweetness.
  • Use a small splash of simple syrup or honey instead of agave.
  • Use orange liqueur in place of orange juice and agave.
  • Use light agave nectar or create a lighter version yourself by mixing equal parts with water in a small saucepan over medium heat, until the agave and water have combined.
  • Brighten up the margarita with a half-ounce or so of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • For a truly slim margarita, use just tequila, lime and orange juice.
  • Top off the margarita with a splash of plain or lime club soda for a bubbly effect. 

Simple Garnishes to Make a Big Splash 

Match your skinny margarita to your mood with these simple garnishes. 

  • Skip the salt rim altogether or use a smaller portion of it if you don't want a salty flavor. 
  • Use a lime slice or wedge instead of the wheel.
  • Add an orange wheel for extra citrus flavor to cut the sour tinge. Consider using a wheel, wedge, or slice.
  • A lemon wedge, wheel, or slice adds a bright and tart citrus note.
  • If you want a more subtle citrus touch, consider either a lime, lemon, or orange peel or twist. 
  • Any kind of dehydrated citrus wheel will give the margarita a striking edge. 

Skinny Cocktails Aren't Synonymous With Sacrifice 

From health concerns to eating a more balanced diet, there are a ton of reasons you might want to give a skinny margarita a try. But, we're not in the business of sacrificing on flavor, and our skinny margarita packs a big punch. In fact, this drink will lift you up instead of weigh you down. 

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Satisfying Skinny Margarita That's Chock Full of Flavor