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Classic Skinny Margaritas

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Classic Skinny Margaritas combine tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice, and plenty of ice. These contain no added sugar, but are plenty strong. Rim the glasses with salt and lime wedges, and sip away.

Overhead closeup shot of a classic skinny margarita, with a salt rim and some lime slices.

These margaritas are as good as they look. Actually, better! In fact, I’ll never EVER use that sugary pre-mix again.

The reason that these margaritas are SKINNY is because they contain zero added sugar. Most margaritas are made with a simple syrup or that bottled pre-mix that is full of sugar. With my recipe, you are using good quality alcohol and FRESH lime juice, which makes all the difference in the world. You won’t miss the sugar AT ALL.

Head’s up: These are strong. I recommend sipping very slowly. The ice will dilute them, but they still contain plenty of alcohol.

Side shot of a margarita glass, with skinny margarita being poured inside.

Ingredients needed for Classic Skinny Margaritas:

  • Tequila – Use a good quality silver tequila, because there is a lot of it in this cocktail!
  • Triple Sec – Use Cointreau for best results.
  • Lime Juice – Use fresh limes and use a citrus press to squeeze about 4 ounces of juice from the limes. Or use your muscles. You’ll need about four large limes, or six small ones.
  • Ice – You’ll need plenty of ice to fill the glasses, and in the cocktail shaker. Dilution of these margs are crucial, because they are quite strong.

Kitchen Tools needed:

  • Citrus Press – This press comes in handy in many of my recipes.
  • Margarita Glasses – These are perfect for large servings!
  • Cocktail Shaker – Needed to make the margs cold and dilute them slightly. You could also use a mason jar.
Overhead shot of a white bowl of six limes.
Side shot of a measuring cup filled with 4 ounces of fresh lime juice, on a white background.

How to make Classic Skinny Margaritas:

  1. Prep. Prepare your margarita glasses by running a lime wedge around the rims of the glasses. Dip the glasses in a plate of salt. Slice a lime into slices, and hang a few from the rims of the glasses. Fill your glasses about halfway with ice.
  2. Squeeze limes. Take the citrus press, and squeeze enough limes to equal about 4 ounces of juice.
  3. Mix. Using a cocktail shaker, add a bunch of ice (to about halfway). Add the lime juice, the tequila, and the triple sec. Shake vigorously.
  4. Pour. Pour the margarita mix into the glasses.
  5. Enjoy!
Overhead shot of a cocktail shaker filled with margarita, and some prepped margarita glasses.

Perfect snacks to pair with these skinny margaritas:

The countdown is on to Cinco de Mayo, and these drinks are definitely making an appearance for a party. Remember to sip slowly, eat plenty, and most importantly, DON’T DRIVE.

Side shot of two large classic skinny margaritas, with lime slices, against a black background.

Try these margaritas next: Blackberry Peach Frozen Margaritas

Please let know if you try this recipe. Be sure to comment and leave a review on the blog so I can see what you think. You can also like my Facebook Page, follow me on Pinterest, and catch me on Instagram.

xoxo ~Sue

Overhead closeup shot of a classic skinny margarita, with a salt rim and some lime slices.

Classic Skinny Margaritas

Classic Margaritas combining a good tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and plenty of ice. Skip the simple syrup to make these skinny!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 8 oz. tequila – good quality
  • 4 oz. orange liqueur – good quality
  • 4 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice (approx 4 limes) – NOT OPTIONAL
  • lots of ice
  • kosher salt for rim of glass
  • extra lime slices for serving


  • Prepare 4 small (or 2 large) margarita glasses by rubbing lime along the rims and dipping them in a bowl of kosher salt. Fill glasses with plenty of ice.
  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Add half of the tequila, triple sec, and FRESHLY SQUEEZED lime juice and shake vigorously.
  • Pour into two margarita glasses and garnish with lime. Repeat for remaining two glasses, and serve.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 4mg
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  1. Cathy Hanson says:

    Make sure you have your chores done before you sit down to have one of these! Lol! They are pretty strong and I usually don’t get anything else done after I have had one. 🙂 Great way to end a hot summer day!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Haha! They are on the strong side. Be careful! 🙂

  2. Jackie Thill says:

    Warning: These margaritas may be low on sugar but they pack a punch! They have a sour lime finish (that I love). Easy to drink, so take it easy 🙂

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I hear ya on this! Strong but delish!

  3. Please take a look at you serving size yield vs the actual directions. The actual directions indicate it’s for 4 small glasses or 2 large glasses. However, that doesn’t match up with the yield. So I changed the size to 2 servings but it still apparently gave me the directions for 4 servings and the results were excessively strong drinks.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes, these are strong margaritas. Did you add lots of ice to the cocktail shaker? This helps dilute it somewhat.

  4. Cathy Hanson says:

    Making theses again tonight to celebrate Katy’s birthday! Love that they don’t have any added sugar – that means I can have extra cake & ice cream! 🙂 These are very refreshing on a hot summer Texas afternoon!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! Happy Birthday to Katy! Thanks for your feedback, Cathy. 🙂

  5. How much triple sec??!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      4 ounces of triple sec (orange liqueur).

  6. My kind of recipe! Let’s get this party started…..

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    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I can’t wait to make them again!! 🙂

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