Learn how to make the best skinny margarita!
This blended beverage is naturally sweetened with a strawberry twist. You’ll feel like you’re sitting on a beach in Cabo in no time!
Now, we know we’re sharing this recipe mid-afternoon and most of us are working right now, BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t save this easy skinny margarita recipe for this weekend. After all, it is Cinco De Mayo, and we’re pretty sure this is the BEST marg recipe we’ve ever had!
Let’s talk about most margs…
Spoiler alert: After reading this, you may think twice before ordering a generic margarita next time you’re out.
Did you know that many margaritas contain more sugar than a dessert? Not to mention, they’re often made with some iffy ingredients, such as artificial sweeteners, coloring and preservatives.
Virtually ALL sweet mixed drinks are incredibly high in sugar, and margaritas are no exception. While margarita mixes vary, the average mix we found contained around 26 grams of sugar per serving. That equates to MORE THAN 6 teaspoons of sugar.
The worst part is, those 6 teaspoons of sugar only accounted for a small margarita, not one of those HUGE 32-ounce glasses you often get while you’re out at a restaurant. If you order one of those, you may just bump your sugar intake up to more than 192 grams of sugar in ONE drink, which equals 32 teaspoons. WOWZA! That’s more sugar than 19 glazed Krispy Creme donuts. I don’t know about you, but that alone made us reconsider what drink to order each time we go out, even on Taco Tuesdays.
Because we LOVE margaritas and couldn’t imagine giving them up entirely, we concocted this easy to make skinny margarita recipe, with NO added sugar.
How to make a homemade blended margarita
Good news – they’re super easy! It takes maybe 2 minutes to throw together, so there’s really not much benefit to using a ready-made mix rather than making your own from scratch. If you want to make a blended margarita, simply follow the steps in the recipe below.
How to make a homemade margarita on the rocks
We typically like our skinny margaritas frozen, but if you like them on the rocks, you can certainly do that too. This is also a great option if you don’t have a high-powered blender to shave the ice into a smooth consistency.
Salt the rim of your glasses, as you would if you were making a blended margarita. Grab a shaker, add strawberries and honey. Muddle them together to make a paste. Add ice and your remaining ingredients (except the salt and lime wedges) to the shaker. Shake and pour into your favorite margarita glass. It will be much more concentrated this way, so you may want to add a few tablespoons of cold water or club soda if you plan on enjoying more than one! Finish it off by garnishing with a strawberry or lime.
How to make margarita popsicles
Follow our blended margarita recipe, then pour the mixture into popsicle molds. You can even drop a few strawberry slices into the mold before adding your blended margarita. Freeze 4-6 hours or overnight and serve immediately after removing from the freezer. These make for a fun frozen treat on a warm summer evening.
If you like to heat things up
If you’re a fan of a little lip-smacking spice (guiltyyy), you can add a sliver or two of fresh jalapeño to your margarita. Just a few slices can give it a nice kick without overpowering your drink.
Do you need top-shelf tequila?
While you don’t necessarily need an expensive tequila, we still recommend using a high quality one. Even though you’re blending all the ingredients together, you want your drink to finish smooth, not bitey. We generally reach for something on the middle shelf.
How much ice do you need?
The exact amount of ice depends on how large your cubes are and how they fit into your measuring cup. Use your best judgement in following the recipe, but know that you can always add a little more to the mixture depending how strong you like your drink.
Our two BIGGEST tips to achieve the PERFECT margarita:
Tip 1. High voltage will MAKE or BREAK your margarita.
We’re talking about blenders, not rock-n-roll, though that too can help set the mood while making your marg. Anywho, when it comes to ramping up your marg-making skills, a high-speed blender is ESSENTIAL. It takes your drink from chunky to thick and creamy.
Nutribullet and Vitamix blenders are great for blended drinks, smoothies and so much more. When shopping, look for a good quality, high-powered blender that’s easy to clean.
Tip 2. If you have time, use FRESHLY squeezed lime juice rather than bottled lime juice.
The difference in taste between fresh and bottled juice is monumental. Our secret to lime squeezing success… we use a citrus squeezer. We like to think we’re semi-strong gals, but to be completely honest, squeezing limes hurts our hands.
Citrus squeezers don’t cost much and they make life so much easier. They also extract twice as much juice.
This Bellemain Citrus Squeezer is the one we keep on hand and has been a saving grace when extracting freshly squeezed citrus juice.
Now that you’ve made the perfect skinny margarita, what will you serve with it?
Our favorite thing to serve it with is Homemade Guacamole . We’d love to hear what your favorites are!