21 Margarita Recipes for a Healthier Cinco de Mayo

21 Margarita Recipes for a Healthier Cinco de Mayo

05/01/2014 – 11:40am by Kate Morin

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila… floor. None of these recipes are skimping on the alcohol (well, except for the alcohol-free section at the bottom of the page) or the flavor. What they doskimp on is calories. The typical margarita can run you as many as 500 calories—but not any of these beauties. From avocado and blood orange, to prickly pear and Ugli fruit varieties, we’ve got your healthier drink recipes covered (and some of them even offer some pretty stellar health benefits, thanks to superfood ingredients!).

The Recipes

1. Avocado Margarita Avocado… in a margarita? Yep, you read right! This green cocktail blends up avocado, tequila, cilantro, lime, and agave for a festive, smooth cocktail. Finish off the glass with a spicy salted rim and a wedge of lime for the perfect garnish.

2. Prickly Pear Frozen Margarita Prickly pear, the fruit from the nopales cactus (that’s the one with long, rounded, flat-paddle-like “leaves”), are bright pinkish-purple fruits with a flavor similar to watermelon, but a bit sweeter (think bubble gum). Here, the fruit’s vibrant, fiber-rich flesh gets blended up with water and combined with lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and a little agave nectar. Salt and serve!

3. The “Elevated” Margarita They call this one “elevated,” and we know why. This super simple mix of tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup make for a not-to-sweet drink without any of that added sugar or overpowering sour mix flavor.

4. Persimmon Margarita  Fuyu persimmons take center stage in this sweet cocktail. The orange fruits are packed with fiber, vitamin A, and manganese, so no feeling guilty about downing one (or two)! The cinnamon sugar rim makes this drink extra special.

5. Skinny Marg’ Fancy pink Himalayan salt and ginger-flavored seltzer water give this lower-calorie cocktail extra special flavor and texture. On top of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice, the combo is perfectly refreshing. 

6. Spicy Citrus Margarita Serrano chile-infused tequila gives this marg a bit of a spicy kick. Combined with orange, lemon, and lime juice, plus a bit of simple syrup, this cocktail’s sure to impress. 

7. Ugli Fruit MargaritasUgli fruit—a superfood—are a type of tangelo (that’s a citrus fruit) from Jamaica. The fruit’s a cross between a grapefruit, Seville orange, and tangerine, and it’s loaded with vitamin C. Combined with a bunch of other citrus fruits—lemons, limes, and oranges—and tequila, this makes a perfectly refreshing cocktail.

8. Cucumber Margarita This refreshing drink will hydrate while you sip! Cucumbers get blended with water and shaken with lime juice, sugar, and tequila for a simple, spa-worthy beverage.

9. Thyme-Infused Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita  The tequila’s au natural in this recipe, but it’s the simple syrup that has an interesting flavor infusion—thyme! The slight earthiness of the thyme pairs perfectly with the sweet-and-sour grapefruit juice.

10. Blood Orange Margarita Take a break from plain old oranges with this blood-colored orange shaken treat. Don’t worry; it’s not actual blood.

11. Green Tea Marg The recipe calls for a specific green and chai tea blend, but you could also whip it up with some traditional green tea and throw in a sprinkle of chai spices, like cinnamon and clove. Freeze strongly brewed tea into ice cubes, and blend with tequila, lemon juice, orange liqueur, and just a (optional) sprinkle of sugar.

12.Spicy Watermelon Margarita Here’s another spicy tonic worth indulging in! This time, the spicy serrano chile shows up in a homemade simple syrup. Watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and orange liquor balance out the spicy stuff.

13.Guavarita  Lime juice, guava nectar, and tequila is all you need to shake up this tropical treat. Garnish with some fresh guava fruit or lime rounds.

14. Pear Margarita The pear’s subtle sweetness compliments strong tequila and limeade perfectly in this cocktail. Sub in fresh lime juice for limeade mix to cut back on sugar significantly.

15. Sparkling Mango Margarita with Kombucha A whole mango and fresh-squeezed orange juice go into this bright orange cocktail. Blend mango and OJ with tequila, orange zest, and ice. Once smooth, pour into glasses and top with kombucha (any flavor you like). Bonus points: Some research has suggested mango extract can help prevent aging of the skin due to UV exposure (at least, in mice) (1).

16. Watermelon Margarita Not into spicy? Give this sweet watermelon libation a try. Blend up watermelon cubes, lime juice, ice, and tequila until super smooth. Serve over ice, and garnish with a big slice-o-melon. (Props to this one for the built-in snack!)

17. Blueberry Kombucharita Kick the traditional tequila-lime combo up a notch by stirring in some berry-flavored kombucha. Simply shake tequila and triple sec with ice, pour into a glass, and top off with any berry (or grape) kombucha. Garnish with fresh blueberries!

Virgin Mocktails

Don’t drink, or on designated driver duty? Enjoy one of these alcohol-free mocktails to celebrate alongside your friends without imbibing all that booze.

18. Strawberry Margarita Mocktail Blend up a pitcher of these bad boys to go alongside any summer picnic. It just takes frozen strawberries, limeade frozen concentrate, OJ, ice, and lemon-lime soda. Pro tip: Don’t put the soda in the blender—the result will notbe pretty. Want to cut back on sugar? Choose diet or reduced-calorie soda, and use fresh lime juice rather than limeade concentrate.

19. Classic Virgin Margarita Simply combine a dash of simple syrup, lime juice, lemon juice, and orange juice, and shake with ice. Garnish with lime.

20. Pink Grapefruit “Margaritas” Shake some pomegranate juice or syrup (or grenadine) with fresh pink grapefruit juice and pour into a prepped glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with lime, and enjoy.

21. Virgin Banana Margarita Blend up ice, lime juice, bananas, and milk. Add a bit of sugar or agave if you want a sweeter mocktail. Serve in a sugar-rimmed glass if you’re feeling extra fancy.

What’s your favorite way to drink tequila? Share with us in the comments below!


  1. Protective effect of mango (Mangifer indica L.) against UVB-induced skin aging in hairless mice. Song J.H., Bae E.Y., Choi G., et al. Aging Research Laboratory, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, Korea. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, 2013 Apr;29(2):84-9.[]
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