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Low Carb Margarita

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This low carb margarita recipe is an almost-zero-carb version of the traditional drink! A sugar free and keto friendly recipe.
Low Carb Margarita - sugar free and almost zero carb recipe with video tutorial

 

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A margarita is one of my favorite drinks. But restaurant-made or commercially bought versions are usually LOADED with sugar. The traditional ingredients are tequila, lime juice and Cointreau (a brand of triple sec) or Grand Marnier. The tequila is zero carb, and the lime juice is low carb – but those sweet orange spirits are where the problem lies. Even worse if the cocktail is made from a high sugar “margarita syrup”!

A neighbor of mine recently had the idea of using orange extract instead of the triple sec, and then I added some liquid sweetener – I highly recommend making your own low carb simple syrup, but you could also use Da Vinci sugar free sweetening syrup

Both syrups are zero carb and act as part sweetener, part mixer! The result was really convincing – perfect for a keto margarita! Oh – and if you like this recipe, check out my SPARKLING margarita cocktail!!!

Find the instructions below, or check out my recipe video (which includes how to make the simple syrup!!)

 

 

How to Make a Low Carb Margarita Recipe

Cut a lime wedge and run it round the edge of a margarita glass or martini glass.

Low Carb Margarita - sugar free and almost zero carb recipe with video tutorial

Sprinkle some salt onto a plate, invert the glass and dip it into the salt, coating the rim in salt.

Low Carb Margarita - sugar free and almost zero carb recipe with video tutorial

Add crushed ice, tequila, lime juice, orange extract, sweetening syrup and the juice from the lime wedge to a cocktail shaker. Shake well, and strain into the prepared glass. Add more crushed ice if desired – this cocktail is pretty strong! 🙂

Low Carb Margarita - sugar free and almost zero carb recipe with video tutorial

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This keto margarita is SO refreshing!!!

Low Carb Margarita - sugar free and almost zero carb recipe with video tutorial

And if you're wondering how many carbs in margarita – regular ones – then I've seen anything from 34g to 120g – although the latter is for a huge 32oz frozen cocktail. Definitely worth making your own!

Want more cocktail ideas? Check out all my other low carb drinks!

Low Carb Margarita

Low Carb Margarita

Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This low carb margarita is an almost-zero-carb version of the traditional drink! A sugar free recipe.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Run the lime wedge around the edge of a glass. Dip the rim of the glass into a plate of salt.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
  3. Strain into the prepared glass and serve with extra ice if desired.

Notes

0.8g net carbs per serving (yes really!)

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size Whole recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 71Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0.8gNet Carbohydrates 0.8gFiber 0g
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Debra

Sunday 5th of September 2021

This is the best low carb margarita recipe I have tried. The secret is the simple syrup although I do use more lime juice. Same amount of tequila and simple syrup is the key to this drink.

Georgina

Sunday 5th of September 2021

Thanks for your feedback! I completely understand about the extra lime - it's all about personal taste and the carb count!

Marianne S

Sunday 4th of October 2020

I love a low-carb margarita although I prefer a store-bought mix because I am lazy. Next time I am out, I will try this.

Suggestion: I recently started added adding an orange (tangerine, actually) vodka to mine to add some of the desired orange flavor. I also sometimes add tangerine la criox (or similar) to them if they are too sweet.

Georgina

Monday 5th of October 2020

What store bought mix do you use?

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Lonna

Friday 27th of July 2018

what flavor liquid sweetener did you use?

Gina Gutierrez

Sunday 12th of August 2018

I was wondering the same?

Georgina

Friday 27th of July 2018

I use the one with no flavor - it's just called Da Vinci sweetening syrup. It is seriously useful for everything from cocktails to sauces!

Georgina

Monday 10th of July 2017

You only need enough lime to stick the salt to the rim of the glass - a small wedge would be sufficient!

Deb

Thursday 17th of August 2017

Georgina, I believe Marilyn's question, and mine as well, is about the amount of lime juice in the drink itself, not the lime for wetting the rim of the glass. The only liquids in your recipe are tequila, sugar free syrup and a small amount of orange extract. I'm assuming that you overlooked the lime juice that must be added to the cocktail to make it a margarita. Otherwise it's just sweetened tequila.

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