Low-Carb Sugar-Free Margarita Recipe

  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    5 min
  • Yield
    1 Low-Carb Margarita Cocktail

Margaritas tend to be very high in sugar. Traditional ones are made with Triple Sec or Cointreau, both orange liqueurs with 5 grams of carb per tablespoon (16 grams per jigger).

Margaritas made with sweet and sour mix are usually worse, as 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of sweet and sour mix has at least 17 grams of sugar, and sometimes more.

Imagine how much sugar you're getting in one of those big margaritas! Yikes! Well, now you can indulge without sending your blood sugar through the ceiling!


  • Margarita salt or kosher salt
  • Margarita glass or martini glass
  • 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) tequila
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lime juice (bottled is more convenient but fresh tastes a lot better)
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) water
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon's worth artificial sweetener (I like to use liquid, carb-free types)
  • Small handful ice


Wet the rim of a margarita or martina glass and dip it into a small plate of salt.

Combine 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) tequila, 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) lime juice (bottled is OK but fresh tastes better), 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) water, 1/4 teasoon orange extract, 1 tablespoon's worth artificial sweetener, and a small handful of salt.

You can either serve it over ice (in Mexico I've usually been served it this way, but I can't say I've had extensive experience), or strained into the glass, or blended in a blender.

Nutritional Information: 2 grams of carbohydrate using bottled lime juice, 2 1/2 grams if using fresh lime juice.

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