This keto margarita is a low carb and sugar free take on the classic Mexican inspired cocktail! Made without sugar or sugar syrup, these taste incredible and are easily customizable!
During the warmer months, there is nothing better than a long, outdoor dinner, complimented with cocktails. There’s something special about cocktails on a sunny day, especially in the midst of good company.
Since going keto, I’ve struggled with what I can and cannot drink, often sticking to basic spirits or low carb wine. However, I’ve been yearning more and more for my favorite cocktails.
Are margaritas keto?
Traditional margaritas are not keto friendly. They contain triple sec or Cointreau, which contain excessive amounts of sugar and sugar syrup, sometimes containing up to 30 grams of carbs per jigger! Luckily, you can make some simple swaps to have your very own low carb margarita!
I’ve been meaning to share a keto margarita recipe for quite some time. As someone who regularly enjoyed a good cocktail prior to following a keto diet, I’ve loved having my own low carb version! Now, these margaritas may look incredibly fancy but I promise you, they are so easy to make!
No sugar and no sugar alcohols are needed, but you’d never tell. The texture is chilled, smooth, and goes down beautifully. It’s got a slightly sweet lime and orange flavor, without being overpowering! Unlike a skinny margarita, there is no sugar needed1
I had some friends over a Mexican night and served them these margaritas and NO ONE believed me when I told them they were low carb- They thought I used a pre-made mix!
How do you make a keto margarita
- Tequila– Use good quality and subtly flavored tequila, like Patron or Don Julio.
- Simple syrup– Adds a little bit of sweetness without adding any extra carbs or sugar. I used a keto simple syrup.
- Orange extract– Gives some lovely orange flavor, without any oranges needed.
- Soda water, seltzer, OR water– To thin out the margarita. If you prefer some fizz, opt for soda water or seltzer.
- Limes– Fresh limes juiced, with several slices for decoration.
- Ice– A must for any good cocktail.
Start by adding all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Pour into tall glasses and serve with freshly sliced lime.
Tips to make the best low carb margarita
- If you prefer a less sweet margarita, omit the simple syrup and use seltzer or soda water.
- Amp up the flavor by using lime or lemon flavored seltzer.
- For aesthetic purposes, lightly brush the edges of the glass with water and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
- For a keto margarita mix, you can prepare all the ingredients, minus the water/seltzer up to two weeks in advance. When ready to enjoy, add the mixture, along with the seltzer, into a cocktail shaker, and mix and serve!
While this margarita tastes delicious on its own, here are some fun flavor ideas to try out!
- Strawberry– Add 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries and blend everything together. If desired, use frozen strawberries for a frozen margarita.
- Watermelon– Omit the orange extract and replace it with watermelon extract.
- Jalapeno– Omit the orange extract and add 3-4 sliced jalapenos. If too spicy and salty, add a little extra simple syrup. This is also known as a spicy margarita.
- Blue– Add 1-2 drops of blue food coloring.
- Pineapple– Replace the orange extract with pineapple extract and double the amount of simple syrup.
More keto drink recipes to try
- 3 ounces tequila 90 mls
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp keto simple syrup or keto maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp orange extract
- 1/2 cup seltzer or soda water or water
- 1/4 cup ice
- Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 1-2 minutes.
- Carefully pour into two glasse and serve with freshly sliced limes.
- Strawberry- Add 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries and blend everything together. If desired, use frozen strawberries for a frozen margarita.
- Watermelon- Omit the orange extract and replace it with watermelon extract.
- Jalapeno- Omit the orange extract and add 3-4 sliced jalapenos. If too spicy and salty, add a little extra simple syrup. This is also known as a spicy margarita.
- Blue- Add 1-2 drops of blue food coloring.
- Pineapple- Replace the orange extract with pineapple extract and double the amount of simple syrup.