One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… floor. None of these recipes are skimping on the alcohol (well, except for the alcohol-free section at the bottom of the page) or the flavor. What they do skimp on is calories. The typical margarita can run you as many as 500 calories—but not any of these beauties. From avocado and blood orange, to prickly pear and Ugli fruit varieties, we’ve got your healthier drink recipes covered (and some of them even offer some pretty stellar health benefits, thanks to superfood ingredients!).
Avocado… in a margarita? Yep, you read right! This green cocktail blends up avocado, tequila, cilantro, lime, and agave for a festive, smooth cocktail. Finish off the glass with a spicy salted rim and a wedge of lime for the perfect garnish.
Prickly pear, the fruit from the nopales cactus (that’s the one with long, rounded, flat-paddle-like “leaves”), are bright pinkish-purple fruits with a flavor similar to watermelon, but a bit sweeter (think bubble gum). Here, the fruit’s vibrant, fiber-rich flesh gets blended up with water and combined with lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and a little agave nectar. Salt and serve!
They call this one “elevated,” and we know why. This super simple mix of tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup make for a not-to-sweet drink without any of that added sugar or overpowering sour mix flavor.
Fuyu persimmons take center stage in this sweet cocktail. The orange fruits are packed with fiber, vitamin A, and manganese, so no feeling guilty about downing one (or two)! The cinnamon sugar rim makes this drink extra special.
5. Skinny Marg’
Fancy pink Himalayan salt and ginger-flavored seltzer water give this lower-calorie cocktail extra special flavor and texture. On top of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, the combo is perfectly refreshing.
Ugli fruit—a superfood—are a type of tangelo (that’s a citrus fruit) from Jamaica. The fruit’s a cross between a grapefruit, Seville orange, and tangerine, and it’s loaded with vitamin C. Combined with a bunch of other citrus fruits—lemons, limes, and oranges—and tequila, this makes a perfectly refreshing cocktail.
This refreshing drink will hydrate while you sip! Cucumbers get blended with water and shaken with lime juice, sugar, and tequila for a simple, spa-worthy beverage.
Serrano chile-infused tequila gives this marg a bit of a spicy kick. Combined with orange, lemon, and lime juice, plus a bit of simple syrup, this cocktail’s sure to impress.
The tequila’s au natural in this recipe, but it’s the simple syrup that has an interesting flavor infusion—thyme! The slight earthiness of the thyme pairs perfectly with the sweet-and-sour grapefruit juice.
Take a break from plain old oranges with this blood-colored orange shaken treat. Don’t worry; it’s not actual blood.
11. Green Tea Marg
The recipe calls for a specific green and chai tea blend, but you could also whip it up with some traditional green tea and throw in a sprinkle of chai spices, like cinnamon and clove. Freeze strongly brewed tea into ice cubes, and blend with tequila, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and just a (optional) sprinkle of sugar.
Here’s another spicy tonic worth indulging in! This time, the spicy serrano chile shows up in a homemade simple syrup. Watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liquor balance out the spicy stuff.
Lime juice, guava nectar, and tequila is all you need to shake up this tropical treat. Garnish with some fresh guava fruit or lime rounds.
14. Pear Margarita
The pear’s subtle sweetness compliments strong tequila and limeade perfectly in this cocktail. Sub in fresh lime juice for limeade mix to cut back on sugar significantly.
Not into spicy? Give this sweet watermelon libation a try. Blend up watermelon cubes, lime juice, ice, and tequila until super smooth. Serve over ice, and garnish with a big slice-o-melon. (Props to this one for the built-in snack!)
A healthier take on the classic margarita. Add all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Once chilled, pour into glasses and top with kombucha (any flavor you like).
Kick the traditional tequila-lime combo up a notch by stirring in some berry-flavored kombucha. Simply shake tequila and triple sec with ice, pour into a glass, and top off with any berry (or grape) kombucha. Garnish with fresh blueberries!
Don’t drink, or on designated driver duty? Enjoy one of these alcohol-free mocktails to celebrate alongside your friends without imbibing all that booze.
Blend up a pitcher of these bad boys to go alongside any summer picnic. It just takes frozen strawberries, limeade frozen concentrate, OJ, ice, and lemon-lime soda. Pro tip: Don’t put the soda in the blender—the result will not be pretty. Want to cut back on sugar? Choose diet or reduced-calorie soda, and use fresh lime juice rather than limeade concentrate.
Simply combine a dash of simple syrup, lime juice, lemon juice, and orange juice, and shake with ice. Garnish with lime.
Shake some pomegranate juice or syrup (or grenadine) with fresh pink grapefruit juice and pour into a prepped glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with lime, and enjoy.
Blend up ice, lime juice, bananas, and milk. Add a bit of sugar or agave if you want a sweeter mocktail. Serve in a sugar-rimmed glass if you’re feeling extra fancy.
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