Skinny Margarita: Fiesta in a Glass

This is not a drill. I repeat: THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Today is National Margarita Day! Even though it’s still winter, this drink will make you feel like you’re on a beach vacation without feeling guilty about sipping the calories. We’re talking about the skinny margarita. It’s both sour and salty but leaves out all the sugary stuff. Just because there’s only one day dedicated to the drink doesn’t mean you can’t use it year-round! Besides, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere!

The easiest way to remember this recipe is that it’s a 2-1 ratios. Two parts tequila, 1 part cointreau and 1 part lime juice. That’s it! This version is pretty strong so you can add some simple syrup (I don’t like mine sweet so I don’t add the syrup, but you might!) and a splash of soda water and ice to soften the strength of it all.  This is one of the simplest and easiest things to make. Also, mix equal parts sugar and salt for a sweet and salty rim! You could also add some chili flakes for a kick.

Skinny Margarita


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce cointreu 
  • 1 ounce lime juice 
  • salt for rim
  • sugar for rim


  1. Mix a few teaspoons of salt and sugar on a small shallow plate. 

  2. Prepare rim, ideally starting with a cold glass so sugar and salt can stick. If glass is not cold, spread some lime juice on rim before dipping cup in salt and sugar. Set aside. 

  3. Add all to shaker and mix on ice, thoroughly. Strain and serve immediately.

  4. Sometimes, if I'm being flexible and serving a crowd, I'll skip the shake part, mix all in a large pitcher and chill. Then I serve with ice or a few frozen limes and a splash of soda!

Keep the fiesta going by pairing the skinny margarita with my mouthwatering taco salad, mango salsa or unbelievable Mexican cauliflower rice. If you feel like experimenting with margaritas, I have a few more flavors like strawberry and mango for you as well!

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