Our Tasty Low Carb classic Margarita recipe is delicious!. It is truly a classic “skinny margarita.” But, there are times when we look for a slightly sweeter version that can be made in batches for a larger group. We developed this Low Carb Margarita Mix recipe so we can store a bottle full in our refrigerator and make a quick drink that will only take seconds. Just add a top-notch silver tequila and you are ready to enjoy our favorite Southwestern drink.
A lot of people buy mixes for margaritas in the grocery store or liquor store. They are generally filled with sugar and yield a very sweet and high carb margarita. In fact, one highly purchased mix from a leading tequila producer (Jose Cuervo) actually does not contain any real juice. It also contains 24g of carbohydrate per serving. Another margarita mix that does contain real fruit juice (Trader Joe’s) also has 24g of carbohydrate in one 4 ounce serving. It is all from sugar and corn syrup. Even Costco’s margarita mix has 26g of sugary carbs. Our mix has only 2.21g per serving.
On top of that, there are generally a lot of preservatives in “store-bought” mixes. They are just not healthy or low in carbs. Our margarita mix is a much better idea!
Margarita Mix Ingredients
Experience has taught us how to lower the carbs in any recipe in a hurry! Just eliminate the sugar!
There are so many sugar substitutes available and we have our favorites. Check out our post on sugar substitutes and conversion charts. Here we start with liquid EZ-Sweetz for our margarita mix. We also like the Sweetleaf brand of Stevia as a sugar substitute. You can use erythritol instead but it would be harder to fully dissolve; we use powdery erythritol for baking instead. We use EZ-Sweetz to eliminate after-taste. About 14 drops of EZ-Sweetz would be a good starting point.
Water is the base of our mix. It may seem like a lot of water, but remember that this is a mix and once the juices are added and the tequila flows, it will not be noticeable. Your margarita will not be “watered down.” You can also vary the water or any of the ingredients to your taste.
We actually use much more lemon juice than lime juice for this mix. Even though the classic margarita is lime-based, for some reason the lemon flavor makes a better mix. In fact, Joanie prefers this margarita mix without any lime juice. I often make a batch without the lime juice for her and simply add a teaspoon of fresh lime juice to my poured drink. We do recommend emphatically sticking with fresh squeezed juice. It really makes all of the difference in the mix.
Finally, we use a few drops or 1/8 teaspoon of orange extract for more citrus and as a replacement for the Triple Sec or Grand Marnier found in most margaritas. The extract does not add carbs at all and yields a flavorful touch to the mix. We like a premium orange extract like Nielsen Massey.
The preparation for this mix could not be any easier. Mix all of the ingredients together and shake well. Pour 2 ounces of top-notch silver tequila over an iced filled margarita glass and fill it to the brim with around 4 ounces of our mix. You should be able to get 4 or 5 drinks out of one batch.
Our recipe below has a handy slider to increase the number of servings in proportion for all ingredients. The fresh juices and EZ-Sweetz should last a while in your refrigerator so you definitely might want to make a larger batch of the mix. Without any preservatives we are not exactly sure how long the mixture will keep. We have had it chilled for over a week with no problems. It will likely last much longer.
We still love our classic “skinny” Margarita recipe and enjoy the delicious taste often. However, we also appreciate having a handy mix available for a group or when you are having more than one and do not want to use and clean all of the mixing tools. Our margarita mix is truly Tasty Low Carb! Make a fresh batch tonight and don’t forget the salt, low-carb chips, and guacamole!
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker.
- Store in refrigerator. Fill a margarita glass with ice, add 2 ounces of silver tequila, then fill the glass with mix.