Tampa Bay Metro - Sugar Free Margarita cocktail recipe


They say tequila won’t fix all your problems, but we say it’s worth a shot. And this July 24, you’ll have ample opportunity to see what problems you can solve by having a drink or two of the good stuff as you celebrate National Tequila Day. That’s right, there’s an entire day dedicated to celebrating the magical Mexican potion that is tequila — just please do so responsibly, and remember to never, ever drink and drive. If you can handle that, then you’re in for a good time.

This sugar-free margarita cocktail recipe is made with tequila, lime juice, and orange extract instead of the traditional Triple Sec or Cointreau orange liqueurs which have high concentrations of sugar.


  • 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) tequila
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • Ice
  • Optional: margarita salt or kosher salt
  • Optional: lime wedge for garnish
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon agave syrup* or stevia


  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, lime juice, water, orange extract, agave syrup, if using, and a small handful of ice. Shake until well blended. Alternatively, you can mix ingredients in a blender until slushy.
  2. If desired, wet the rim of a margarita or martini glass with lime juice or plain water and dip it into a small plate of margarita or kosher salt.
  3. Pour mixture from shaker into glass, either over ice or straight up. If blended, pour straight into glass.

* You can add a small amount of agave syrup should you wish, but note that the recipe will no longer be sugar-free. Try tasting your cocktail before adding agave syrup; you may not miss the extra sweetness.