A low-carb keto margarita that you can enjoy and still stick to your healthly eating lifestyle. With just 5 net carbs per serving, you'll love this fast and easy festive tequila-based cocktail. Whether you prefer it over-the-rocks or blended, we'll show you how to make your new favorite summer keto cocktail in just 5 minutes so you can sip this WHOLE LOTTA YUM adults-only beverage.
Keto Margarita Recipe
It's not often we do, but on the occassion my huband and I want to enjoy an adult beverage we often will reach for a margarita, especially on taco night!
With fresh lime juice, a little orange juice, a keto simple syrup, and a bit of tequila, our keto margarita recipe is just the thing.
Whether you are looking for an easy before dinner drink or something to add to your taco bar, our keto margarit recipe is one you are going to want to save, bookmark, and keep on hand!
Why You'll Love This!
- Our keto margarita tastes like an authentic south-of-the-border drink, but has a just 5 net carbs per serving!
- Made with a homemade low-carb simple syrup mixture, our low-carb margarita mix is perfect for controling carbs while still enjoying a margarita.
- Not only is this a low-carb margarita recipe that is keto compliant, but it's also gluten-free, paleo, and sugar-free as well!
- With our low-carb summer coctail recipe, you can go from idea to drink in hand in just 5-minutes!
The ingredients listed are the same whether you want a low carb margarita on the rocks or a blended (aka frozen margarita). The keto margarita recipe makes 1 margarita, so feel free to double the recipe to share with a friend, or make even more to have a pitcher of low carb skinny margaritas for a group of friends.
- fresh lime juice
- orange juice - or 1+ teaspoon orange extract
- keto simple syrup - homemade recipe below, storbought, or 1 teaspoon liquid stevia
- Coarse sea salt
***NOTE: While you'd never want to go eat an entire orange or a cup of orange juice on a low carb diet, just 1 oz of orange juice has 3 carbs--which is definitely worth the sacrifice in my opinion! You can swap the carbs for a high-quality orange extract if you'd prefer, which is almost carb-free.
Bar Tools You Need
- Measuring glass
- Blender - to make blended margaritas
Step by Step Instructions
Salt the rim of your margarita glass by cutting a lime into small sections. Rub the lime juice from one piece along the edge of your glass. Pour a thin layer of course sea salt onto a small plate and invert the glass upside down. Twist the glass in the salt to coat the rim.
Fill up a shaker most of the way with ice. If you don’t have a shaker you can just mix things together in a glass, but using a shaker gives the drink an extra chill that simply makes the drink even fresher tasting. According to my husband, who wishes he could give up his day job to bartend, you shake the shaker until your hand hurts from the cold of the shaker.
Add the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and keto simple syrup (homemade recipe below) to the shaker.
Fill a margarita glass up with ice and pour the shaken low carb margarita over the ice. Serve with a lime wedge.
Making a keto frozen margarita isn't much different than the recipe listed above.
You simply want to add your low carb margarita ingredients to a pitcher along with 2 cups of ice and blend it until the ice is crushed.
Serve with a lime wedge and enjoy!
Keto Simple Syrup
- ½ cup powdered Swerve
- 1 cup water
Heat the water in a small saucepan, add the powdered Swerve once it comes to a boil. Turn the water down to low and simmer the ingredients for 5 minutes.
Let the low carb simple syrup cool completely before using it in your margarita. You only need 1 oz per cocktail so this makes lots of extras for future drinks! Keeps for up to a month.
- For best results, make frozen low-carb margaritas when you are ready to serve them as they don't store.
- Salting the rim of your glass is not necessary, but adds a great, authentic flare to your keto margarita.
- This recipe can easily be doubled or trippled to accomodate any number of guests.
The low carb margarita mix can be kept in the fridge for up to a couple days before serving over the rocks or blending with ice.
Blended margaritas, however, should be served immediatley as they will begin to melt.
If you're wondering if a traditional margarita is keto friendly, the answer would be no. A margarita consists of tequila, orange liquor (which has sugar), simple syrup (which has sugar, lime juice, and salt. There are at least 11 net carbs in a margarita per serving.
By swapping the simple syrup for a keto simple syrup made with erythritol and using 1 oz of orange juice (3 net carbs) --orange extract substituted provided below also--in place of the 7 net carb in orange liquor, we were able to cut the carbs down and cut out processed sugar.
Our low carb margarita recipe has just 5 net carbs per serving, plus it's literally the BEST keto margarita we've ever had! My friends seriously had no clue this was a low carb and sugarless cocktail.
More Keto Mexican Recipes
Looking for more keto Mexican recipes?
- Keto Chicken Enchiladas (made with low carb tortillas)
- Fish Taco Bowls
- Crustless Taco Pie
- Low Carb Taco Soup