Drink & Dish: Skinny Margarita

And the countdown begins…

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Cinco de Mayo is in less than 2 weeks! You countdown for Cinco de Mayo too, right? I refuse to believe I’m the only one..

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

We happen to really like Cinco de Mayo. For us it’s a holiday where we can indulge in our favorite Mexican food and drink margaritas.

I’ll be honest though, the margaritas are the best part. But a good one? Those are hard to come by.

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Bar margaritas are a big gamble. Most of the time they’re way too sweet, drowning in bottled sour mix, maybe, just maybe, you can taste a splash of tequila in there – and if you’re lucky there’s actually a lime in it. I know you’ve had one of those.

I have definitely had my share of horrible margaritas. But I stumbled upon something genius: the skinny margarita.

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Gone are the days of super sweet, pre-made mixes. Skinny margaritas have fresh ingredients and they are full of flavor.

Did I mention that these are really easy to make at home? We’ll show you just how easy in our latest episode of Drink & Dish:

Ari made some yummy Chicken Enchilada Dip, head over to her blog to get the recipe.

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

And I’m sure you guessed by the name, but they have significantly less calories than your typical margarita (I guess that means you don’t have to feel guilty if you have two Winking smile)

Start with your favorite tequila. We love blanco tequila in our house and I recently discovered Sauza Blue – Suaza’s new 100% blue agave tequila – and I really really like it. We officially have a new margarita tequila in our house (PS I’m not compensated by them in any way – I just like it!).

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Whatever your choice is, just make sure it’s decent quality. You will taste the tequila in these skinny margaritas so make sure it’s got pretty good flavor.

Besides the tequila, you’ll fill your shaker with some homemade margarita mix – I like to use my homemade mix, but a combo of fresh lemon & lime juice will work here also. And we sweeten the whole thing with agave nectar. Agave mixes really into drinks and compliments tequila perfectly.

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Skinny Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 drink

Skinny Margarita


  • 1 3/4 oz Tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz Homemade Margarita Mix
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1-2 tsp Agave (to taste)
  • Lime wedges to garnish, optional
  • Margarita or coarse salt to garish, optional


To prepare glasses (optional): Moisten the outside rim of each glass with a lime wedge. Dab the rim into salt, while turning to coat outer edge.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in tequila, margarita mix, Grand Marnier and agave. Shake to combine and chill. Strain into prepared glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.



  1. I LOVED these, and girl–these are some of the most gorgeous photos you have ever taken!!
    Ari @ Ari’s Menu recently posted..Drink & Dish: Chicken Enchilada Dip {with video!}My Profile

    • I said the exact same thing to Lance last night! I think these might be my favorite photos ever – I’m pretty sure it’s because of two reasons: 1. this is a margarita and 2. These were really really tasty margaritas :)

  2. I’m all about any day that allows me to eat a ton of Mexican food and drink margaritas like this one!
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  3. oooh the husband would love this on his birthday :)
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  4. You had me at margarita! I’ve been dreaming of one for quite some time but I like to wait till the weather is warm and I can sip it outside. Mmmmm!
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  5. Thanks for stopping by today, I love your you tube video… absolutely funny and great.
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  6. Love margaritas but rarely make them, last time we tried agave and love it :)

  7. nice although I am not a huge margarita person,every now and then- refreshing margarita is awesome
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  8. I think this may be my favorite Drink & Dish EVER – how did you know that I am obsessed with margaritas? :) Just kidding! But seriously, I can’t wait to try this recipe. And I’m with you – the more salt the better! Your photos are gorgeous and the video is so fun – olé!!
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  9. I have had more gross margs than good ones, but I can already tell this is my new fave! It looks perfect — the right ratio of tequila to margarita mix so the mix doesn’t water it down too much ;) and adding Cointreau or Grand Marnier into my margs is ESSENTIAL. Wishing I could celebrate Cinco de Mayo with you and Ari — that dip looks amazeballs.
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    • You are so right Miss Hayley!! It’s all about the tequila to margarita mix ratio – although I prefer them a little heavy on the tequila side ;)

      There’s most definitely a spot at my table for you on Cinco de Mayo evening – I’ll even make a few extra margaritas!

  10. This looks so good! Margaritas are my favorite. I usually just buy the premixed skinny Margaritaville margaritas at the store but I will definitely have to make these next time. Maybe this weekend while I am painting my house…. Not sure if that would be a good idea or not haha.
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  11. These look incredible. I HATE it when you order a margarita at the bar and get something sickly sweet and neon yellow, Now I am feeling inspired to plan my Cinco de Mayo menu…
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  12. Such a gorgeous cocktail! We’d love to have you link it up with our Wednesday link party!
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