Easy 4 ingredient lite margarita recipe just in time for Cinco De Mayo. Perfect for a low calorie cocktail or simple margarita recipe option.
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This weekend is 5 de Mayo! That of course means we’ll be pulling out the tequila and whipping up the margaritas. Lately you guys have been asking me on Instagram to create healthier cocktail recipes and food. Well I’m still working on the food part but for cocktails, I thought this would be the perfect place to start. Which bonus, it has been our go to classic margaritas recipe since 2013! With only 4 ingredients it’s kind of hard to beat if I’m being honest.
Back in 2013 we were newly engaged and had just moved in together in Beaumont, TX. It’s a small-ish town surrounded by refiners and because of that you’ll be hard pressed to find a patio happy hour. (At least back then it was) So when a gorgeous spring day came around and we wanted drinks outside we decided to just make our own. At that time I was trying to get in “wedding dress” shape so I wanted to keep the ingredients healthier and lighter. I started with just lime juice, agave, and tequila but something was missing. Can you guess what? Cointreau. Well I didn’t have that on hand but I did have an orange. I squeezed a little juice from a fresh orange and decided to hope for the best. Needless to say my experiment was a super success (plus saved a few more calories) and we sipped them until sun down on our little stoop. These lite margaritas became the cocktail of our Beaumont days. You’ll still always find limes and oranges in our fridge for when we’re feeling nostalgic or for when the weather is just right.
Lite Margarita on the Rocks Recipe
The key to making these margaritas lite and delicious is using citrus you’ve just squeezed. I use this manual citrus juicer that is really easy to use and clean. You’ll squeeze lime juice, normally 2 – 2.5 gives you enough. It depends on how ripe and large they are. Then you’ll squeeze 1/4 of a large orange. Pour those juices into a cocktail shaker full of ice along with tequila (I prefer white but use whatever you prefer) and agave. In this recipe I use 1/2 ounce of agave, if you like sweeter margaritas please feel free to add more! You’ll shake your margarita for 20 shakes then strain it into a rocks glass full of ice. That’s it!
It comes out to around 170 calories per 8oz cocktail where margarita made with sweetened mix 455 calories for 8oz. Though normally you’re served 12 ounces and it will run you in the mid 600s for calories. If you’d like to make this cocktail even lighter, you can rehold the agave all together for a cocktail around 120 calories.
Easy 4 ingredient lite margarita recipe. Perfect for a low calorie cocktail option.
- 1.5 ounces Silver Tequila (or any tequila of your choice)
- 1.5 ounces Lime Juice (freshly squeezed, 2.5 limes)
- 0.5 ounce Orange Juice (freshly squeezed, 1/4 large orange)
- 0.5 ounce Agave
In a cocktail shaker full of ice add in the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave. Shake for 20 shakes and strain into a low ball filled with ice.
Garnish with a lime and orange wheel.
The key to keeping these lite and low calorie is to use fresh squeezed ingredients. If you'd like a frozen version. Add the ingredients into a blender with a 1/2 cup of ice. Blend until you reach your desired consistency.
If you want to flavor it, just muddle some fruit in the bottom of your shaker before you add the ice in. You can make anything from strawberry to mango margaritas this way!
What I love about this, is that it can lead into tons of different flavored margaritas. Just muddle some fruit into your shaker before your add your ice and you can have just about any fruit flavored margarita you can come up with. This is such a classic recipe and that’s what I love about it. It’s good on it’s own and it’s even better when you amp it up.
Are you celebrating Cinco De Mayo this weekend? Tell me all about your plans! If you’re not celebrating let me know what are some cocktails you’d like to see healthier versions of. Until next times friends, cheers!