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 – this light agave nectar is my favorite right now, it has great flavor. Agave mixes really into drinks and compliments tequila perfectly.

Skinny Margarita | The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie

Skinny Margarita
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Serves: 1 drink
  • 1¾ oz Tequila
  • 1½ oz Homemade Margarita Mix
  • ½ oz Grand Marnier
  • 1-2 tsp Agave (to taste)
  • Lime wedges to garnish, optional
  • Margarita or coarse salt to garish, optional
  1. 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.
  2. 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.


    • says

      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 :)

    • says

      Stephanie I am glad someone else shares my enthusiasm for it! We definitely live in the right state, that’s for sure!

    • says

      Yes! It’s an awesome birthday drink – mine was a couple weeks ago and I had one of these to celebrate too! Cheers!

    • says

      I’m right there with you Angela! Poolside or patio margarita sipping is the best in the summertime!

    • says

      Thanks Caroline! We get a little crazy sometimes I’m sure the drinks don’t help much ;)

  1. says

    Love margaritas but rarely make them, last time we tried agave and love it :)

    • says

      We are agave converts now too, Jen! It makes the best margaritas and its less hassle than making up a little simple syrup :)

    • says

      Refreshing is the perfect way to describe them Dixya! All that fresh lemon and lime juice is the best!

  2. says

    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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    • says

      Haha thanks Jenn! I am so glad you can appreciate the cheesy mustache fun :)

  3. says

    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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    • says

      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!

    • says

      Um sounds like a pretty fantastic idea to me – margaritas would surely make house painting 343205924 times more fun ;)

  4. says

    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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    • says

      YES Hil! That is the literal worst. I can’t even count how many awful margaritas I’ve had in my day

  5. Barbara says

    1.5 oz. of agave syrup is 9 teaspoons of sugar. That isn’t skinny. Most agave sweeteners come from the blue agave plant. You don’t get its raw nectar. Much like high-fructose corn syrup, it’s highly processed. (It’s also expensive, compared to sugar.)

    The American Heart Association recommends limiting sweeteners to no more than 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men per day, on average. That includes all sources, whether it’s agave, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, or anything else.

    The American Diabetes Association lists agave as a sweetener to limit, along with regular table sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and all other sugars.

    Agave has about 60 calories per tablespoon, compared to 40 calories for the same amount of table sugar. So to save on calories, you’d need to use less, which should be possible, since agave is sweeter.


    • says

      Hi Barbara! Thanks for the comment!

      I’m not quite sure where you got that this margarita has 1.5 oz of agave in it – both the written recipe and the video call for just 1 (ones) TEASPOON of agave per drink!

      While the calories are more when you compare tablespoon to tablespoon of agave to regular sugar, most people would use way more than 1 tsp of sugar to sweeten a margarita (just look at all those bottled mixes!) – since agave is sweeter than sugar you can use less agave to get the same effect. This gives people the chance to still have a slightly sweetened margarita without loading it with tons of sugar – that one little teaspoon of agave does the trick! And based on your numbers from the American Heart Association, that 1 teaspoon shouldn’t be hard to accommodate and is still limited compared to what they could have consumed.

      Happy margarita drinking!


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