The BEST Skinny Margaritas

Skinny margaritas with lime wedges.

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The BEST skinny margaritas are classic, delicious, refreshing, and 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!



For 2 drinks:

  • 2 oz silver tequila
  • 2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 oz Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz light agave nectar (or 1 oz simple syrup), more or less to taste
  • Ice
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Lime wedges

For a pitcher (8-10 drinks):

  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 cups Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup light agave nectar or 1 cup simple syrup


  1. Use a lime wedge to wet the rims of 2 glasses and dip in salt (optional). Fill glasses with ice.
  2. 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.
  3. To make a pitcher, simply stir all of the ingredients in a pitcher (with no ice) and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • To make simple syrup, simmer equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat and cool to room temperature. For 2 oz of simple syrup, use 1/4 cup each. For pitcher recipe, use 1 cup each.
  • It's best to use lime juice that has been freshly squeezed the day you are making margs. The juice looses it's flavor after sitting a while, so don't do it too far in advance.
  • With cocktails this simple, quality ingredients are important. Use a good tequila and triple sec. (I usually use 1800 Silver and Cointreau).
  • Adjust the amount of tequila and sweetener to fit your taste. I prefer tart margaritas, so I usually use half of the agave nectar. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you might increase it. If the amount of tequila is too strong for you, decrease it a little bit. Or dilute it with a splash of soda on the top.
  • These margaritas are strong. And they taste very good. So pace yourself. (AKA, please drink responsibly.)

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