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A Skinny Margarita For One

This Skinny Margarita is fresh and so flavorful! It's made with tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and a splash of water. Lower in carbs, calories, and sugar than traditional margarita.

A skinny margarita in a margarita glass garnished with a lime next to two lime halves

If you're craving a good skinny margarita, look no further. This easy to make margarita recipe is low in calories and incredibly delicious too!

I've never been one to keep up with food holidays. In case you're wondering, food holidays are actually days which are set aside to celebrate a particular food.

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I'm not sure who gets to decide which food gets "assigned" to which day, but someone clearly does.

I missed National "Italian Food" Day, which by the way was February 13th and I know I won't remember National Pancake Day (March 4th), until the day of.

But there is one food holiday that's circled on my calendar and that's National Margarita Day which just so happens to be this week.

A cutesy event to celebrate. But to be honest, I have never in my life needed an excuse to make a margarita.

In fact, I think we should just declare every Friday at 5 pm to be National Margarita Day, what do you think?

The Best Margarita

A few years ago, my husband and I were on a "quest" to find the best margarita recipe and thought we would tackle it as a "weekend project".

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A bowl of five limes.

Over the course of two evenings, we experimented with various margarita recipes and came to the conclusion that we love our margaritas when they are simple.

When we eat out at our favorite Mexican restaurants, we always order "skinny margaritas" because we don't like all of the sugary mixes and additions.

Ingredients for making a margarita on a metal tray- agave nectar, a bottle of tequila, a small bowl of lime slices, a jigger, and margarita glass filled with crushed ice

How To Make A Skinny Margarita

Our version is most definitely a skinny margarita.

We use tequila, a little lime juice, some agave nectar and water. Simple and sweet.

This margarita recipe may not be as traditional as others but we love it.

In many margarita recipes, triple sec is added. I don't like using this ingredient in my margaritas because of it's high sugar content. An ounce of triple sec contains almost 11 grams of sugar. I've tried adding a splash of orange juice instead but I really don't think it's necessary.

This margarita is fairly sweet because of the agave. If you prefer an orange flavor in your margaritas, by all means add in a touch of orange juice and adjust it according to your tastes.

Consider this recipe a base recipe. If you find it too sweet, add a touch more lime. Too tart, add more agave.

Pro Tip: I like to buy the small bottles of tequila that are often found in liquor stores. The same ones that you might see on an airplane. That way you don't have to purchase a big bottle. 


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Skinny Margarita Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keywords: cocktail
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • ½ ounce water
  • ¾ cup crushed or cubed ice


  • In a cocktail shaker or a wide glass, combine the tequila and the lime juice. In a separate cup, whisk together the agave nectar and water. Add to the shaker or glass.
  • Add the ice and shake or stir for 30 seconds.
  • Pour into glass and serve immediately.


To salt-rim a glass, rub a cut lime around the rim of a stemmed goblets. Fill a saucer with salt. Dip goblet, upside down, into salt. 
This recipe makes 1 skinny margarita. It can easily be doubled.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 8.5mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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14 thoughts on “A Skinny Margarita For One”

  1. 5 stars
    This is PERFECT! I love margaritas, but sometimes I’ll be drinking a glass of wine and my husband will mention he reallyyyy wants a margarita (they’re his faves!). During those times, I don’t want to make an entire pitcher, but this margarita recipe is the perfect solution! I never use mixes either!

  2. 5 stars
    My husband offered to make me something , so since this is Cinco de Mayo, I decided on this recipe and its delicious! I’m not a fan of the syrupy mixes and love the lime flavor!

    1. What a great husband! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Janice. I’m not a fan of the sugary-sweet mixes either and love the fresh taste of this one.

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