Skinny Margaritas

Made with nothing more than fresh squeezed lime juice, tequila, and pure maple syrup, these refined sugar free skinny margaritas are easy to shake up any time you feel the urge.

Naturally Sweetened Margaritas - a refined sugar-free skinny cocktail recipe perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Alternatively titled: The Only Margarita Recipe You’ll Ever Need.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Who’s putting their Cinco pantalones on and getting crunk tonight?

If Lover of Tacos, Coveter of Cheese, Mega Fan of Salsa, Destroyer of Beans, and/orTequila Slayer are descriptors written in your heart slash Instagram or Tinder bio, can we pretty please be friends?…of the best varietal? Let’s put on our Cinco pantalones and get crunk tonight!

Side note: Did you know Tequila only has one L in it? Messes me up every.dang.time. I won zero spelling bees as a child.

Ingredients for Naturally Sweetened Margaritas

While I’m not hyper into sugary cocktails, I’ve always enjoyed a good authentic margarita. The palatability of sweet citrusy flavor is so real, it’s probably instinctual for humans to feel attracted to it. Plus, tequila makes me loca in a way I don’t not love. Tequila vibes? Always welcome.

When it comes to liquor, homemade cocktails using all natural ingredients is the way I roll. If I’m out with friends, gin or tequila + soda water and lime will do in a pinch, but if I’m craving a tangy-sweet and strong marg, I always whip it up using fresh squeezed lime juice and a natural sweetener.

Really any liquid sweetener will work, and agave would be the more authentic route to go, but I simply have the personal preference of pure maple syrup when it comes to sweetening my beverages. Choose your liquid sweetener adventure!

Naturally Sweetened Margaritas - a clean cocktail only requiring 3 ingredients

If you want to get real shmancy and badass about it, you can always make a homemade refined sugar-free simple syrup using fruit. Simply heat 2 cups of fresh chopped fruit on the stove top with a couple tablespoons of water and liquid sweetener, and allow it to boil until the fruit is soft and squishy. Mash the fruit, then strain the liquid to get the pulp out and you have yourself an au natural simple syrup infused with fruity flavor. Take, for example, these Blackberry Basil Mojitos – an easy approach to sprucing up your bevvie without adding all sorts of artificial flavors and/or refined sugars.

Margaritas sweetened naturally - this refined sugar-free cocktail recipe only requires 3 ingredients!

On the topic of sugar – you can omit the pure maple syrup from this recipe altogether if you’re going all-out sugar-free! I do this sometimes and still enjoy the drink. Just be sure to add some soda water to offset the strength of the lime juice and tequila (this is known as the NorCal margarita). The fizz just works marvelously in this application.

If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration to keep your Cinco de Mayo clean and healthy, here are some ideas:

Have a fun Cinco de Mayo, and a great weekend!…you tequila slayer, you.

Drink responsibly.



Naturally Sweetened Margaritas - a clean cocktail only requiring 3 ingredients

Naturally Sweetened Margaritas

Course: Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 margarita
Author: Julia


  • 1.5 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce good quality tequila
  • .5 ounce pure maple syrup to taste
  • coarse sea salt for rimming glasses
  • lime wedges for serving


  1. Run a wedge of lime along the rim of a glass, and dip the edge in coarse sea salt.

  2. Add the lime juice, tequila, and pure maple syrup to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake until chilled (if using a metal shaker, the bottom of the shaker should frost over). Serve margarita over ice (Note: double or triple the recipe if serving more people)

Recipe Notes

Adjust the amount of pure maple syrup according to taste


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  1. Lindsay | With Salt and Pepper

    Yum!!! I haven’t thought to add maple syrup instead of agave…what a good idea!!! One time, when I was out of agave I used a lime popsicle from Whole Foods=obsession. That’s as far as I’ll go with adding something remotely sweet! Definitely trying maple syrup soon! Cheers Julia!

    1. Julia Post author

      Aaaagh now you have me craving a tequila-infused lime popsicle, haha! Cheers to you, m’dear! Have a great weekend!

  2. marcie

    I’m not normally into sweet cocktails either but when I am it’s a mule or margarita! This is exactly how I like my margarita — lots of lime and on the rocks. And the splash of maple syrup sounds perfect!

  3. Katherine | Love In My Oven

    Thank you SO much for posting a lower sugar cocktail like this! I love margaritas so much, but they can be so sugary when you order them from a restaurant. My husband is a sucker for a lime margarita too, so I can’t wait to try this out on him. Happy Cinco de Mayo!


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