When it comes to low-carb cocktails, it doesn't get much easier than this keto skinny margarita recipe. You only need three main ingredients and a couple minutes of preparation. The drink is great for winding down after work or sharing with a friend on the weekend.
Do you enjoy drinking cocktails after work or on the weekends? I rarely have alcoholic drinks, but I enjoy an occasional drink on special occasions like celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
To offset the bitter taste of alcohol, many popular mixed drinks add in sugar. But you can easily replace that with a sugar-free simple syrup to make low-carb cocktails like this skinny keto margarita.
What is a skinny margarita?
Cocktails that are "skinny" are low-calorie versions. The primary difference is the amount of sugar they contain. Sweet cocktails like a traditional margarita blend in simple syrup which is basically a mix of sugar and water.
By replacing regular simple syrup with a homemade mixture of low-carb sweetener and water, you eliminate unnecessary calories. A serving of regular simple syrup contains about 50 calories. But the homemade sugar-free syrup is calorie free.
This low carb margarita recipe is made with simple ingredients that you may already have on hand.
- Lime juice from fresh limes are a key to best flavor.
- Warm water is needed to dissolve your sweetener.
- Powdered sweetener is preferred as it dissolves easier than granular. But liquid stevia or monk fruit liquid sweetener are even better.
- Tequila is liquor traditionally used for a good margarita.
- Ice cubes instantly chill the cocktail.
- Salt is used to line the rim of the margarita glass.
It takes only a few minutes to make a homemade keto-friendly margarita using these simple steps!
- Squeeze fresh juice from lime into a small bowl.
- Dissolve powdered sweetener in water by whisking together in a small bowl.
- Combine tequila, dissolved sweetener, and lime juice by shaking well in a mason jar or cocktail shaker cup.
- Prepare each glass by wetting the rims and dipping into coarse salt. Then add ice into each.
- Pour the margarita mixture into each prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
That's all there is to making this easy low carb drink. Now you can enjoy a classic margarita on a keto diet!
️ Serving suggestions
You can enjoy these easy keto margaritas with all your favorite Mexican foods. Serve them on Taco Tuesday or with a big batch on keto nachos.
⚖️ Carb comparison
A regular margarita typically has about 10-15 grams of net carbs. But eliminating the added sugar in this homemade version can cut that down only 1 gram!
Not only do you save carbs with this easy keto margarita recipe, you'll save calories too! Each drink has about 102 calories compared to about 150 calories for a regular margarita on the rocks.
How to order a keto margarita
If you want to order a skinny margarita at a bar or restaurant, you can request it be made with fresh lime juice and not a margarita mix. You also want to skip the simple syrup and add in your own keto sweetener to taste.
Looking for a few more low carb drinks to enjoy? Check out some of these recipes:
- Keto Irish Cream is a homemade version of the popular Bailey's liquor which can also be used for an Irish cream cheesecake.
- Raspberry limeade low carb non alcoholic drink is a sparkling mocktail for any age to enjoy.
- Keto Lemonade can easily be spiked with a splash of vodka for a refreshing adult drink.
- Strawberry Limeade is another great drink that can be mixed with vodka for a quick cocktail.
- Low-Carb Mojita is a refreshing drink that combines lime juice with mint, vodka, and a splash of club soda.
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Keto Skinny Margaritas
- 2 tablespoon Lime juice (about 1 lime) additional for garnish if desired
- 1 tablespoon Warm water
- 2 tablespoon Swerve Confectioners Powdered Sweetener or low carb sweetener of your choice
- 3 oz. Tequila
- Salt for lining the rim of your glass
- Squeeze the juice of one lime into a small bowl.
- Place the warm water and Swerve sweetener into another bowl and whisk to combine well.
- Pour the tequila, sweetener syrup and lime juice into a shaker cup or mason jar, and shake well to combine.
- Wet the rim of your cocktail glasses, and line with coarse salt.
- Place the ice into your glasses.
- Separate the margarita mixture evenly between your two cocktail glasses and serve with a garnish of fresh lime.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
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Oh my gosh!!! This is such a yummy cocktail!! Thanks so much Lisa! I love your 5 Ingredient Keto cookbook!
Thanks so much Niamh!
How about adding a few dashes of Orange Bitters for a more authentic taste. I use Angostura brand bitters but I’m sure there are others available.
This is just a basic recipe. Adding bitters is a great option!
So this is basically a healthy marg? Sign. Me. Up. 😉
This margarita is such a delicious and refreshing treat on keto!!
Wow! Cheers, I love that it only has 1 gram carb!
Margaritas are my favorite cocktail! And this healthier version is delicious.
STOP IT!!!!!YOU CANNOT DRINK ALCOHOL ON KETO!!! ITS METABOLICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO BE IN KETOSIS DRINKING ANY KINK OF ALCOHOL! Alcohol has no nutrients.
You can drink alcohol and stay in ketosis, but it's best to stick with just one drink. (source)
Great recipe. Thanks! But, is there a reason for so many dishes? I combined my sweetener and water in the shaker cup, squeezed in the juice on top of that, and then added the tequila. The next time I will drink right out of the shaker cup for a truly one ‘bowl’ method! 🙂
Good catch! No! You don't need to use that many dishes. Easier to just mix in a shaker cup and serve!