Whether you’re out for a night on the town with friends or entertaining at home, the margarita is a popular drink providing a refreshing and tangy treat. Unfortunately, most margaritas are loaded with sugar and calories threatening both your figure and overall well-being. The average margarita can have from 300 to 900 calories depending on the size and ingredients, which can turn your once refreshing treat into a diet disaster. But by altering some of the basic ingredients, you can make your own delicious low-calorie margaritas and send any pending feelings of guilt packing.

Things You'll Need

Version 1

In a large glass or cocktail shaker combine lime juice, artificial sweetener, water and orange extract. Stir with a long spoon.

Add tequila to taste. Slowly add the ice cubes to prevent splashing. Shake in the cocktail shaker or stir with long spoon.

Pour a layer of coarse salt onto a small saucer. Rub one of the lime wedges around the rim of the margarita glass. Flip the glass over and gently dip the rim of the glass into the coarse salt. Twist lightly to ensure that the salt coats the entire rim.

Using the bar strainer or the back of the large spoon strain the liquid into the margarita glass. Alternately serve over ice or blend in a blender for a frozen variation. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Version 2

In the large glass or cocktail shaker, mix diet lemon-lime soda, lime juice, and packets of sugar-free lemonade powder.

Add tequila to taste. Slowly add ice cubes to the mix. Stir with a long spoon.

Proceed with steps 3 to 4 of version 1.


  • There are many artificial sweeteners on the market. Some popular options include Splenda, stevia, xylitol, and agave nectar.