Margarita’s are not just for celebrating Cinco de Mayo – they’re a refreshing, everyday summer cocktail. Combining the bright flavors of citrus with tequila shouldn’t break your calorie bank, but sadly so many margarita recipes range from 300 to 700 calories – per drink. That’s because most store-bought sours mixes are laden with sugar, and the recipes that don’t use sours mix add extra sugar. Never fear, because we have the fix for you! These skinny margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo are not only delicious, but they’re refreshing and low calorie, too.
Our favorite margarita recipes are simple enough to whip up at the last minute but complex enough to have a great flavor. We love that you can scale them up to make a large bowl of punch for your Cinco de Mayo party (to serve alongside our favorite skinny chicken tacos, of course!). Then, all you need to decide is if you’re a salt-rimmed on-the-rocks margarita lover or you prefer no-salt and crushed ice.
No matter what your preference is, one of these skinny margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo is sure to be a good fit for you.
8 Refreshing Skinny Margarita Recipes For Cinco De Mayo
This skinny recipe uses fresh orange and lime juices instead of that store-bought sours mix. To sweeten the deal, we skip the refined white sugar and use agave syrup instead. Since agave is 1.5 times sweeter than sugar, you don’t need to use as much of it, saving yourself some calories.
When you use this skinny recipe, it’s easy to scale the punch for any sized crowd. It’s as easy as 1-2-3: 1 part simple syrup, 2 parts lime juice, 3 parts tequila. And, since you’re making the simple syrup at home, you get to control the sugar. That keeps the calories down without sacrificing any flavor.
Who doesn’t love a little twist on a classic margarita? Instead of using the classic citrus juice base, this recipe swaps in cranberry juice. Sweeten things up with your favorite low-calorie lemon-lime soda and add a few mint leaves as a garnish. It’s fun, it’s different, and your crowd will love them!
I love a good Moscow Mule on a cold winter day, but it’s not really a summertime sipper for me. Enter the ginger beer margarita, which fuses everything I love about the Mule (aka, ginger beer) with the refreshing nature of margaritas (tequila!). This recipe stays skinny with very little sugar, just make sure to take a look at the calorie information on the side of your ginger beer.
A ripe cantaloupe has so much sweetness that you probably won’t need to add any extra sugar at all! Talk about a perfect way to use natural ingredients to sweeten up your cocktail. This recipe makes the perfect slushy margarita, and you can even serve them inside the cantaloupe shell for effect.
This recipe doesn’t have any added sugar at all, because who needs it when you have pineapple? The tropical flavors of the pineapple are perfect when blended with tequila and triple sec. Add a little lime juice for that characteristic margarita tang and blend until smooth. How easy is that?
You had me at chile salt! Seriously, I love a little bit of spice alongside my sweet and salty margarita. Pureeing mangos makes this margarita full-bodied and plenty sweet, while the lime juice adds a nice acidic balance. Top it off with your favorite tequila and orange liqueur and you have a perfect Cinco de Mayo cocktail!
When you only need three ingredients for a cocktail, you know it’s going to stay low calorie! This tasty treat mixes together watermelon, tequila, and lime juice. That’s it! The calories stay super low by not adding any extra sugar but you won’t miss it at all. The watermelon is plenty sweet and flavorful on its own.
Don’t think you can’t enjoy a refreshing cocktail just because you’re watching your weight! Our Facebook and Instagram pages are filled with skinny recipes that help you kick back while keeping you on your plan.