We've all heard the blonde bombshell babe walk into a bar and casually say to the bar tender "I'll have a skinny margarita, half rim of salt and LOTS OF LIME (a la Shannon Beador from RHOC) but you've secretly thought to yourself "what the eff is a Skinny Margarita exactly?
Let's TACO Bout It
Well a regular margarita is a lot of peoples favorite happy hour libation and is one of the most popular cocktails around as any good bartender should be able to make you one that wets your appetite. It pairs really well with food like nachos or carne aside fries if you're feeling yourself on a taco Tuesday.
It also translates to Daisy in English, named for the friendliest of flowers as it's pretty much the friendliest of cocktails (everybody and their grandma can enjoy them)
However the margaritas you tend to find at your local Mexican food watering holes these days serve their drinks from slushy machines served with syrupy sweet and sour mix.
Those drinks are loaded with sugar which can give you a wicked hangover headache like you won't believe unless you've been praying to the porcelain gods. It's most likely the calorie laden triple sec that causes you to feel like you wish you were dead the morning after a regular margarita bender.
Enter your Happy Hour Superhero Low Cal Drink the Skinny Margarita
What is EXACTLY is a Skinny Margarita however? So glad you asked!
A skinny margarita is comprised of fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice (in place of the more calorie-laden triple sec), tequila, and agave nectar.
The exact ratio of these four ingredients is at your discretion, though most suggested more lime juice than orange juice, equal parts tequila and lime juice, and 2 teaspoons of agave.
Our absolute favorite skinny margarita recipe is a simple Cheers Beaches Skinny Margarita
For One, Classic Cheers Beaches Skinny Margarita:
- Kosher salt & lime wedge, to rim half the glass
- 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila about 3-4 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice about 1 large lime
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice about 1/2 an orange
- 1 teaspoon light agave nectar add 2 if you prefer a sweeter margarita
Optional (sliced 1-2 slices of Jalapeno)
For a Pitcher of Skinny Margaritas (5 Drinks):
- 8 ounces silver tequila (1 cup)
- 8 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (1 cup, from about 5 large limes)
- 4 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice (1/2 cup, from about 4 medium oranges)
- 2 tablespoons light agave nectar or simple syrup, more if you prefer a sweeter margarita
Rim half the glass: Pour a thin layer of salt onto a small plate. Rub a lime wedge around the top edge of your glass to moisten it, then dip half the glass into the salt so that it sticks. Fill the glass with ice and set aside.
For one (or two) drinks: fill a small cocktail shaker with additional ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave. Tightly close and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds (it's longer than you think). Strain into the rimmed glass over the ice. Pop in a Sliced Jalapeno or two if you're feeling spicy! Enjoy immediately.
For a pitcher: In the bottom of a pitcher, stir together the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave (do not add ice to the pitcher). Serve immediately (prepare the glasses as in Step 1) or place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the pitcher and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
There you have it, our Cheers Beaches Skinny Margarita Recipe!
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