Classically delicious and refreshing, the best skinny margaritas are made with just a few simple ingredients, the way a margarita should be! This top shelf recipe is the only margarita recipe you’ll ever need!
What would a Cinco de Mayo celebration be without margaritas? Here in Texas, Margaritas are almost as important as Lone Star beer and tacos. You just can’t go to a Mexican restaurant without ordering a margarita, and it’s one of the main factors when judging said Mexican restaurant. And when it comes to margaritas, I am VERY picky.
Admittedly, I prefer my margaritas extremely tart. So tart that most people don’t like the way I drink them. I have been known to send margaritas back at restaurants when they come too sweet.
My best bet is always to order a skinny margarita because it’s just tequila, lime, orange liqueur and agave nectar, then I just tell them no sweetener. Usually because I tell them no sweetener, and it arrives sickeningly sweet with artificial sweetener. However this margarita is pleasantly sweet and just perfect whether you like sweet margaritas or not. (Though I still usually leave out half of the sweetener when I make mine.)
If you read my aunt’s post about her Hatch Chile Margaritas, you know that our family has a long history of making and perfecting margaritas, so I’ve got pretty high standards when it comes to this Tex Mex cocktail. It’s got to have fresh-squeezed lime, a high quality tequila, and be not-too-sweet. And never ever use a mix. Ever.
So imagine my surprise when my sweet dear husband, who after an outing to our favorite Tex Mex joint with the best skinny margaritas, decided to make another margarita on a whim that turned out fantastic! We had to try making them again just to make sure we weren’t mistaken!
And mistaken we were not. He had come up with a fabulously simple margarita using just classic quality ingredients. Not too sweet, no mix, and of course a nice salted rim. How convenient for you, because this is such an easy recipe, just in time for Cinco de Mayo.
Of course there is a time and place for fancy margs with infused tequila and yummy flavorful twists (ok, most of the time), but for a simple, classic margarita with just a few ingredients, these are the absolute best skinny margaritas!Print
The Best Skinny Margaritas
Classic Skinny Margaritas made with just a few simple ingredients are the perfect cocktail with any Mexican food.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 margaritas 1x
- Category: cocktails
- 2 oz Silver tequila
- 2 oz Fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1.5 oz Cointreau
- 1 oz light agave nectar or simple syrup* (more or less to taste)
- Coarse sea salt
- Lime wedges
- Use a lime wedge to wet the rims of 2 glasses and dip in salt (optional). Fill glasses with ice.
- To make margaritas, add tequila, lime juice, Cointreau and agave nectar or simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into ice-filled glasses.
*To make simple syrup, simmer 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat and cool to room temperature.