Easy Jalapeño Skinny Margarita Recipe

Spicy Skinny Margarita Recipe — This low-calorie version of the well-loved jalapeno margarita cocktail recipe only requires a few ingredients, and of course, the best tequila…

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It’s been a while since I shared a classic cocktail recipe around here! Fear not, this jalapeno skinny margarita recipe should reaffirm my dedication to the craft of cocktails, with or without Cinco de Mayo. 

I’m whipping up the deliciousness that is this skinny margarita recipe for two reasons: number one being swimsuit season is upon us (please send help), and number two because there is nothing better than sips with a little kick!

Okay okay, the real reason I prefer a spicy margarita recipe is simply because it keeps me sipping instead of totally chug my glass. At least I’m honest, right?

In my defense, I don’t drink any type of sodas (usually only water, coffee, green juices,…and cocktails of course), so they’re my drink treat of choice. Plus, you can easily customize this into a mocktail, too!…

A Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

If you’re not a big fan of spicy drinks, you can nix the jalapeno and rock the rest of the recipe! It will run you about 100 calories per servings if you’re using stevia or light agave nectar instead of simple syrup. 

I love the stevia option for a naturally sweetened, low carb drink. 

Jalapeño margarita - A Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

What is a Skinny Margarita

In case you’re trying to figure out why in the world you would change a good thing (aka a classic margarita recipe), here are a few reasons why…

Not everyone handles the sugar that sometimes comes along with a frozen margarita and even some of the top-shelf margaritas on the rocks.

If you’re prone to headaches or easy hangovers, this is a much more natural, healthy cocktail option since it’s primarily freshly squeezed lime juice and fresh orange juice over ice cubes.

It probably goes without saying, but these will also run you a fraction of the calories too! It’s definitely a diet-friendly option if you’re looking to indulge without the extra calorie intake. 

Of course, you don’t HAVE to give up your favorite orange liqueur or triple sec if you really want it! You can just scale back on the amount you add to your cocktail shaker since the stevia will balance the flavor.

Jalapeño margarita - A Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

How To Garnish a Spicy Skinny Margarita

It’s all in the details, right?! When it comes to garnishing your skinny margarita, you can keep things healthy by using pink Himalayan salt and a lime wedge in lieu of a traditional salted rim.

All you have to do is pour a bit of salt on a plate, then run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip in the salt. 

You’ll pour your cocktail straight into the garnished glass, and serve with an extra lime wedge, and in this glass, a slice of jalapeno.

Jalapeño margarita - A Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

What’s The Best Tequila for Margaritas

Regardless of whether you’re making a classic margarita, a skinny jalapeno margarita, or a frozen margarita mix, you can never go wrong with choosing the best quality tequila. 

That also doesn’t exactly mean this is going to be a patron margarita either. I’m a big fan of silver tequilas for their smoothness. 

If you’re looking for the best tequila on a budget, you should try out Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional Plata Silver Tequila or Espolon Silver Tequila

A Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

An Easy Skinny Margarita Pitcher Recipe

When you’re in the middle of hosting a party, it’s not always ideal to make a single cocktail at a time…obviously! 

To make this into the best margarita recipe for a group, try these adjustments — 4.5 cups of silver tequila, 2 cups of light orange juice, 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, and Stevia to sweeten.

You can mix all of the ingredients in a pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It’s best to have a separate ice bucket for guests to pour a drink themselves as they’re ready so that the pitcher doesn’t get watered down. 

A Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

A Skinny Jalapeno Margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth

Anyone else there that loves a spicy cocktail? It definitely makes me take my time during a happy hour without the sugar guilt. A win, win in my book.

How to Make a Spicy Skinny Margarita Recipe

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Jalapeno Skinny Margarita Recipe

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4.64 from 11 votes
You can make this skinny margarita recipe with or without the jalapeno to make it just the right amount of kick for you!
Total Time5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz silver tequila
  • 1 oz light orange juice
  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 dash light agave nectar or stevia for sweetening (add more or less for desired taste)
  • 2 slices of fresh, seeded jalapeno
  • pink himalayan salt for rimming (optional)

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 104kcal
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 104kcal

Notes

To make this into a margarita pitcher recipe, follow these recipe adjustments to make a pitcher for 6 to 8 people —
  • 4.5 cups of silver tequila
  • 2 cups of light orange juice
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Stevia to sweeten

Instructions

  • Combine the lime juice, orange juice, your choice of light sweetener, and silver tequila in a cocktail shaker and mix.
  • You can also add a jalapeno slice to the shaker to add a little extra kick before you strain and pour into glasses, too.
  • Strain the mixture over ice after rimming your glass with salt (optional), then add two slices of jalapeno and a lime wedge for garnishing.
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  2. So if I drink enough of these I’ll be skinny. Right? ;)

    They are BEAUTIFUL and sound sooo delicious.

    xo Michael

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