I do love the taste of a margarita, but don’t love all of the calories and sugar in a traditional margarita. I adapted this recipe from Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margarita in her book Naturally Thin. Great recipe, but I found that just a few changes made it easier to remember~and more likely that bartenders would have the ingredients in stock so I could have these even when I’m out (most bartenders will gladly mix this up for you).

Feel free to customize this to your liking, but be mindful of how you may be affecting the sugar, sodium and alcohol levels with any adaptations. Some suggestions: Substitute fresh orange juice for the liqueur. Increase the club soda to tequila ratio.
Rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt or raw sugar. Blend all ingredients in a blender for a blended (rather than on the rocks) margarita.

Classic Margarita

You Can indulge in a Margarita! Try these tweaks to the enjoy the flavor of a classic Margarita without the calories and sugar many contain.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword margarita, tequila
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 194 kcal


  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 Lime juice
  • .5 oz Orange liqueur splash
  • 4 oz Club Soda top off


  1. If you wish to salt or sugar the rim, prior to adding remaining ingredients, rub a lime wedge around the rim and dip.

  2. Pour ingredients over ice and stir.

Recipe Notes

A fresh, easy take on Classic Margarita on the Rocks to enjoy at home or away.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Margarita
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194
% Daily Value*
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin C 19.5mg24%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.