Low Carb Margarita

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is, hands down, one of my favorite holidays. It's just so festive and celebratory, and so full of tequila -- what's not to love? Every year, I throw on something colorful, don my sombrero, and head to my favorite Mexican watering hole to get my Cinco on.

Surprisingly, my least favorite Cinco de Mayo was the year I was in Mexico for the month of May. Let me tell you -- Mexicans actually don't give a shit about Cinco de Mayo! Imagine my surprise when I was the most excited person about the day on the calendar. In true American fashion, I took the time to educate my new friends on the holiday, in which I left out any of the significance of the date to Mexico (FYI: it's not the Mexican Independence Day) and completely focused on the Cinco de Mayo customs in the US. In the end, we all enjoyed freshly made margaritas by the pitcher and a good time was had by all, even if nobody cared about Cinco de Mayo but me.

The star of Cinco de Mayo is, of course, the margarita. When made correctly, it is perfectly refreshing and oh-so-delicious. However, most bars whip up a sickly sweet concoction filled with sour mix, delivering a drink that can be in the neighborhood of 700 calories...or more. How's that for a diet buster? Especially because, really, who has just one?

However, don't let that scare you away from the festivities today. Instead, put your focus on the star of the margarita: tequila. Order this drink at the bar and cut almost all of the carbs and most of the calories out of the traditional Cinco drink. I encourage you, if your budget allows, to make this drink with top shelf tequila, not only because it will taste much better, but because cheap tequila is quite frankly, a cardinal sin. Now, let's get to the celebration!

Note: I don't expect you to tell the bartender this recipe when you're ordering -- ask them for a tequila and club soda with lime juice, and they should be able to make this for you. If you need a sweetener, feel free to add a packet of splenda to keep the carbs low.

Serves 1


  • 2 oz reposado or anejo tequila
  • Juice of one lime
  • Club soda or diet tonic to fill the glass
  • Favorite zero calorie sweetener (optional)


  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Add tequila and lime juice to glass, then fill to the top with club soda.
  3. Add sweetener, if using, then stir drink to combine.
  4. Enjoy!

Have fun with this drink! They are getting really fancy with seltzer these days; if making this drink at home, experiment with one of the many exotic flavors out there, such as blood orange, ginger, or even grapefruit to give your margarita a twist. And whatever you do, take it slow -- if this is your first time drinking since starting low carb, you'll notice that your tolerance is much lower than it used to be. Drink plenty of water between drinks...no one likes a sloppy drunk!