From National Margarita Day to Cinco de Mayo (to any other number of "holidays" in between), we are all for toasting to the low carb margarita.
But before you start cheers-ing to Jimmy Buffett and all things salty-sweet-tart perfection, we’re here to point you in the right direction. Here's how to make sure you can fully appreciate this day–and any other margarita-filled day–the low carb way.
Margaritas are a treat. But they’re also simple.
Many of us living with diabetes (if and when consuming alcohol) will usually opt for the uber low-carb option of an alcohol mixed with water, club soda, La Croix—anything that will keep blood sugars at bay. Not to mention, all those pre-made mixes and syrups are quite simply unhealthy for anyone.
So what to do when you want to treat yourself? Easy. Enter the margarita. Or, “marg,” as we like to the call it in the utmost endearing of terms.
One Drop Guide to Carbohydrates
The marg (the real, fresh, no-sour-mix kind) is a staple here at One Drop. Tequila has 0 carbs. It is extremely low in sugar. It has 69 calories per ounce (a typical cocktail drink has about 1.5oz or 2oz).
The next time you’re in a treat-yourself mood or if you’re ready to take part in National Margarita Day festivities, here’s how it’s done.
Garnishes and Pro Tips
- To really spice things up, add muddled jalapenos to your mix before adding to your shaker!
- Use a lime wedge on the rim of your glass for garnish. And if you need more (or less) lime, simply change up your lime juice amount next time!
- If you're out and about this National Margarita Day, ask your server if they use freshly squeezed lime juice to make margaritas. If they do, then just make sure to ask for no agave, sugar, or honey in yours, and you'll be good to go!
- If they don't use fresh lime juice, that means they're using a pre-made sour mix with lots of added sugars. Head to the next spot on your trail or opt for a club soda-mixed drink instead.
This article has been clinically reviewed by Hanna Rifkin, RD, CDCES, clinical health coach at One Drop.
Low-Carb Lime Margarita
Low-carb. Celebratory. However you like to describe it: freshly made, no-sugar-added margaritas are the best squeeze. They’re easy to make and taste like a tropical oasis. Here’s how to make your own piece of paradise.
1.5 oz tequila
1.5 oz orange liquid sweetener
1.5 oz lime juice
Add ice, tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, and orange sweetener to a cocktail shaker and shake well for 30 - 60 seconds.
Strain and pour mix over ice cubes in a chilled glass to serve.
Calories 109, Carbs 4 grams, Sugar 1 grams