This low carb margarita is an almost-zero-carb version of the traditional drink! A sugar free and keto friendly recipe.
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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
Sprinkle some salt onto a plate, invert the glass and dip it into the salt, coating the rim in salt.
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! 🙂
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This keto margarita is SO refreshing!!!
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!
- lime wedge
- 2 tbs tequila
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 2 tbs low carb simple syrup, or Da Vinci sugar free syrup
- ¼ tsp orange extract
- Run the lime wedge around the edge of a glass. Dip the rim of the glass into a plate of salt.
- Add the remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake well.
- Strain into the prepared glass and serve with extra ice if desired.
0.8g net carbs per serving (yes really!)
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size Whole recipe
Amount Per ServingCalories 71Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 0mgCarbohydrates 0.8gNet Carbohydrates 0.8gFiber 0g
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