Spicy Skinny Margaritas

Can I get a HELL YEA for a good spicy margarita!! I mean, they just hit the spot.

Much like martinis, everyone has their own personal preferences for their margaritas and I’ve found it hard to find the perfect one around the DC Metro area. It’s either too sweet or tastes like margarita mix which is NOT how I like them. Fresh squeezed limes if you please! It just tastes better, and has way less calories.

Without a bartender to rely on for the perfect spicy margarita, I set out to make my own. I’ve got the foundation pretty much nailed down thanks to the Jalapeño tequila I found at our local liquor store (which I would recommend), but of course you can add a few extra steps if you like it more spicy or less tart.

Skinny Marg Recipe

What I love about this recipe is it’s so simple and takes about 3 minutes to make. It does require quite a bit of citrus if you plan on making multiple (really though, who has just one?), but overall it’s cheaper than buying margs from a bar, and also better for you.



  1. Pour Tanteo Jalapeño Tequila in to the shaker.
  2. Squeeze the juices of the limes, lemon and clementine in to the shaker.
  3. Add blue agave.
  4. Fill the shaker 3/4 with ice and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE.
  5. Pour in to a ball glass.

Now here’s the true test. This tequila isn’t THAT spicy, but has enough kick for me personally. Here are a few modification suggestions:

♥ If you want spicier, add a few slices of jalapeño to the shaker before shaking the mixture.

♥ If it’s too sweet, add a little lime.

♥ If it’s too tart, pour the mix back in to the shaker and add a splash of lemon flavored La Croix or lemon flavored Spindrift to thin it out a bit. DO NOT SHAKE. Instead pour the mixture from the shaker to your cup to mix it up. Another option is an additional (small) squeeze of blue agave. You can always make it less tart, but once it’s too sweet there’s no turning back.

♥ For some salt around the rim, use either a drop of the agave on your finger to wet the rim of the glass or slide a wedge of lime across it, then shake or grind some salt on to a plate and touch the wet glass rim to it to make it stick.



Now that you’ve saved your calories in the margarita, you’ve left room to indulge in some chips and salsa! Or guac of course, for those healthy fats. Balance, people. Balance.

If you know any tried and true skinny cocktails please share!

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