The Only Recipe You Need to Make the Best Margarita with Less Sugar
There's a lot to love about a classic margarita. Hey, it's classic for a reason, right? But juicy grapefruit, mango or blood orange margaritas sound pretty good too. This margarita formula allows you to mix up a pitcher with whatever fruit flavor you're in the mood for. We use just a touch of simple syrup and add fresh fruit juice for sweetness, flavor and color. Plus, these margaritas taste so good no one will miss the cloying sweetness of a restaurant-style or premade-mix margarita-which can have 10 to 15 teaspoons of added sugar. You'll save about 150 calories and 40 grams of added sugar per cocktail with this skinny margarita recipe.
Pictured Recipe: Blood Orange Margaritas
1. Pick Your Juice
Pictured Recipe: Mango Margaritas
2. Add the Alcohol
It ain't a margarita without tequila! And, of course, a bit of Triple Sec for a touch of sweetness and that classic citrus flavor. Use 1 cup of tequila and 1/4 cup of Triple Sec for 6 servings.
3. Add Simple Syrup
Simple syrup is the perfect touch of sweetness-but you don't need a lot. Just about 1 teaspoon per glass should be enough (2 tablespoons for 6 servings) or skip it altogether if you're trying to cut down on added sugar. To make your own simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar with 2 cups water and bring to a boil in a saucepan until syrup begins to form, about 10 minutes. See? Simple!
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4. Add Something Sour
To balance out the sweetness, lime juice is just the thing. Skip the store-bought lime juice-the flavor just doesn't compare to fresh-squeezed. Use 1/2 cup fresh lime juice for 6 servings.
Pictured Recipe: Classic Margarita
5. Mix It All Up
Place all the ingredients in a pitcher and stir.
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6. Make It Pretty
Salt the rims of the glasses. For even more style, zest a lime or orange and mix it into the salt to make a zest-salt for the rim! Serve margaritas over ice and garnish with fruit wedges.