How to Make a Skinny Margarita From Scratch (Ultra FRESH!)

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I’ve lived in Southern California all my life. When I think of great Mexican food, I picture my favorite “hole in the wall” establishment where the employees only speak spanish and the traditional Mexican folk music is bumping so loud that it doesn’t matter that you don’t. The menu lists Tacos of every variety of meat – Cabesa (head), Lingua (tongue), Asada (skirt or flank steak), Tripa (tripe), Pollo (chicken), Chicharron (fried pork rinds) along with delicious drinks like Horchata. And what goes better with authentic Mexican food than a made from scratch Margarita?!?!

I have a ton of friends who say they are not fans of Margaritas. I might be one of those people. As is Ben. BUT there is a HUGE difference between a bar made margarita (typically two parts tequila + 1 part triple sec + fill with sour mix) and a made from scratch margarita. Throw in the fact that it’s “skinny” (low calories) and you’ve got a real winner.

Skinny Margarita 1

I’ve been a bartender for many many years – in fact, that is how Ben and I met. I was behind a bar slinging drinks and he came sauntering up to the bar and ordered a drink. From the OTHER bartender. All night. I took it as a challenge and casually gave him my number anyway. The rest, as they say, is history.

During all those years of bartending, I never once made a margarita using all fresh ingredients. With the way the standard bar ones taste, I just had no desire, but when PURA VIDA asked me to try their Flaco Rita recipe, I was blown away. The fresh ingredients make all the difference! The use of agave nectar cuts the zing from the lime and the PURA VIDA tequila’s triple filtered smoothness is just icing on the cake. The biggest testament to how delicious this cocktail is that Ben stole my drink and finished it himself. I have NEVER in 8 years seen this man take anything more than a sip of a margarita. 

Go ahead – try it yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

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[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]What makes PURA VIDA different from the rest? Well, I’ve been told that a secret Champagne yeast was created especially for PURA VIDA’s fermentation process. Classical Music is played over the tanks “to help deliver an extremely pure and clean profile without the stereotypical tequila bite.” (No joke!) 

  • PURA VIDA is Triple Distilled to achieve the purest and highest quality available (twice in traditional small batch custom designed, hand crafted copper stills and once using a custom designed stainless steel purification process)
  • With no additives, PURA VIDA Tequila is just 57 calories per one ounce shot
  • Made from 100% Blue Weber Agave harvested exclusively from the Vivanco Estate in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico

The Beverage Industry News (BIN) has chosen to honor the brand by selecting Pura Vida Tequila Reposado as the Editor’s Top Pick for 2013. For those of you that were unaware, the Beverage Industry News has served the U.S. Beverage Industry for eighty plus years and is one of the most widely read and respected beverage trade publications in the country. So yeah, this award is kinda a big deal.

Drink responsibly folks! Don’t drink and drive and don’t let your friends drink and drive. 

This post is written on behalf of PURA VIDA Tequila by me. All opinions are 100% mine. Find PURA VIDA on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

11 thoughts on “How to Make a Skinny Margarita From Scratch (Ultra FRESH!)”

  1. I love margaritas but hate all the calories! And mixes. Yuck. This looks amazing, my friends and I will enjoy it for super bowl!

  2. My husband LOVES margarita’s and he’s been on me to try them but I’ve always been hesitant. This recipe makes them sound scrumptious though so I might give in on the condition that we can make a batch with this recipe ;)

  3. After a LONG day of work, I could use this right now! If there is one thing I absolutely love it’s a well made margarita, on the rocks or frozen. Gotta have the salted rim too :)


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