[CnD] Sugar-Free Margarita with Orange Extract Recipe

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Sugar-Free Margarita with Orange Extract Recipe

By Laura Dolson

Laura Dolson is a health and food writer who develops low-carb and
gluten-free recipes for home cooks. 


Updated November 14, 2018 


Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories, 104

Fat, 0g

Carbs, 6g

Protein, 0g


Total Time 10 min 

Prep 10 min, Cook 0 min 

Servings 1 


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. 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.


Margaritas can be served straight up, on the rocks, or blended into a slushy
consistency with crushed ice for a frozen margarita. You can coat the glass
rim with coarse salt, if you prefer, and garnish with a lime wedge.



1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) tequila

2 tablespoons lime juice (freshly squeezed)

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon orange extract


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 the glass.


Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Although agave syrup has become a popular alternative to sugar, there are a
few things to keep in mind when choosing it as a substitute. In terms of
calories, per tablespoon sugar has 40 calories whereas agave syrup has 60
calories. However, agave syrup is much sweeter than sugar so you don't need
to use as much. Agave syrup is high in fructose but low on the glycemic
index, making it a better choice than sugar for those people with diabetes
(although there is not a lot of research to back this up).


Another natural sweetener to consider is stevia-it comes in both granulated
and liquid form. Stevia is very sweet but practically calorie-free. The
taste can differ from brand to brand so you may want to try a few to find
the stevia that you prefer. Studies have shown that it can lower blood
pressure and lower blood sugar levels. 


Reduced-Sugar Cocktail Recipes


Just because you are trying to cut back on the sugar doesn't mean you have
to cut back on the cocktails!



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