Classic Margarita

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Classic Margarita

This skinny margarita recipe saves 150 calories compared to traditional margarita recipes made with syrupy-sweet margarita mix and gets back to the basics—fresh lime juice, tequila and Triple Sec are all you need. Adding lime zest to the salt rim gives great flavor and cuts the salt in half.

Yield: 4 servings, about 2/3 cup each
Active Time: 10
Total Time: 10


  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
  • 1 cup seltzer or club soda
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) tequila
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • Ice


Combine lime zest and salt on a small plate. Combine lime juice, seltzer (or club soda), tequila and Triple Sec (or Cointreau) in a pitcher. Rub the rim of four 10-ounce glasses with the lime wedge and dip in the lime-salt. Fill the glasses with ice and top with the margarita mixture.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 181
fat 0 g (0 g sat, 0 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 12 g
protein 0 g
fiber 0 g
sodium 101 mg
potassium 40 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin C (15% daily value)

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1 carbohydrate (other), 1 oz alcohol

From EatingWell May/June 2012