Downtown Skinny Margaritas

Fresh Margaritas for Entertaining

I like to keep things as fresh as possible and this no sugar margarita is a great way to celebrate without the overly sweet store bought mix.  This weekend is Cinco de Mayo, a celebration of Mexico’s underdog defeat of the powerful French army in 1862 and a reminder for some of just how many times Mexico has been invaded by other countries and stayed resilient. For many, it marks the start of the thaw, a journey towards summer, and a reason to have a fiesta.

I call this a Downtown margarita because I serve it up over a large piece of ice in an old fashioned glass.

Glass and pitcher of skinny margarita with jalepeno in a beautiful kitchen

No Sugar Added Cocktail

Some might call this a skinny margarita. I call it the best margarita. It tastes better than any sugary, processed version from a bottle and it’s better for you, by far! This is my basic entertaining margarita and I make it spicy with jalapeños, but you could add any fresh fruit to the mix.

 Man juicing lime with jalepeño and liquor in a beautiful kitchen

If the lime is too tart for your palate, add a bit more fresh squeezed orange juice. You can also try fun rim trimmings like coconut sugar or warm spices like cinnamon. This no-added-sugar cocktail makes a refreshing libation for a summer barbecue, a friends night in, or a Saturday evening in with some good music and your favorite person.


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Perfect Skinny Margarita Recipe

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Downtown Skinny Margaritas

  • Author: The Fresh 20
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pitcher or 1 serving 1x


A spicy, tangy and fresh margarita that’s perfect for entertaining



Single Serving:

  • 11/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 11/2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier
  • 2 slices jalapeno or Serrano chili
  • dash of pink Himalayan salt or other fancy salt


  • 12 ounces silver tequila
  • 8 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 12 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 16 slices jalapeno or Serrano chili
  • teaspoon of pink Himalayan salt or other fancy salt


Add all ingredients to a shaker with a handful of ice and shake for 60 seconds. Serve over ice and garnish with jalapeno and salt.

Man pouring a glass of skinny margarita with jalepeno in a beautiful kitchen Man juicing lime with jalepeño making margaritas in a beautiful kitchen


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