Skinny Blackberry Margaritas


Skinny Blackberry Margaritas | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I couldn’t give you lots of Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo and leave out the margarita, could I?!  We have had Baked Chicken Taquitos, Teedo’s Famous Salsa that was perfect for chips or dipping the taquitos.  And last, but not least, there was the Cafe Rio Chicken Tostadas.  I still can’t get enough of the Cafe Rio chicken, so many different things you could do with that stuff (enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos, taco pizza etc.)  See, I think you are ready for one killer party!

Skinny Blackberry Margaritas | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Personally, margaritas are one of my favorite things about going out for Mexican.  Especially when it is a girls night out :)  But they are usually loaded with so much sugar and calories, you feel guilty even having one!  To remedy that, I made a skinny version at home.  This little guy clocks in at 145 calories.  But it doesn’t skimp on any of the flavor.  It is a great balance of sweet and tart from the orange juice and lime juice.  Plus you use real fresh blackberries.  None of that sugary syrup flavor that the restaurants use!

Skinny Blackberry Margaritas | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Skinny blackberry margaritas will pair well with just about anything.  It doesn’t have to be saved for a Mexican night.  I am envisioning sitting on the deck, grilling burgers in the summer, sipping on one of these.  The original recipe called for Grand Marnier, but I used orange juice to cut the calories down.  If you want to swap it out for a few extra calories (about 50 per serving), go right ahead!  The recipe also calls for straining the mixture.  If you don’t mind the seeds, you can definitely skip this step!

Yields 4

Fruity and tart make for the perfect margarita. Not to mention it is skinny!

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz fresh black berries
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Rim of the glass
  • 1 lime
  • 3 Tbls sugar


  1. In a small sauce pan heat water until boiling. Stir in the sugar until fully dissolved. Remove from heat, and let cool.
  2. In a blender combine the simple syrup, tequila, black berries, lime juice and orange juice. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour through a fine mesh strainer. Let sit in the fridge until ready to serve.
  4. To line the rim of the glass cut the lime into wedges. Rub with lime over the edge of the glass. Dip the rim in the sugar.
  5. Serve over ice garnished with additional lime and blackberries, if desired.


Adapted from Cooking Light

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  1. This sounds perfect!! I’ve been thinking of making a blackberry margarita all week and you did it for me!! Can’t wait to make this asap!! They’re beautiful!!

  2. Yay Cinco de Mayo! I’ll be serving these on Sunday, but tomorrow, tomorrow is the Derby so there will be many Juleps enjoyed.

    Have a good weekend!
    xo Jackie

  3. Partyyyyyy!!! I love ‘ritas but agree that the restaurant versions are way too overloaded with sugar. Your version looks so fun, and I love that it’s lighter. I can have two now, right?

  4. ooh nice color to these blackberry margaritas! Love!

  5. I want one of these so bad!

  6. Yum – perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

  7. I’ve never had a blackberry margarita, but they sound do good!

  8. These look so good, Erin! Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or just a hot summer day. Love that berrylicious color!

  9. I love blackberries – what a fun idea! Gorgeous photos Erin!

  10. These look so great, and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! Awesome!

  11. Oh wow… these look fantastic!! I love that color! :)

  12. these look AMAZE. yum yum yum. beautiful.

  13. First, I love that these are skinny, and 2. I love that gorgeous color!

  14. These look amazing! I also have a problem with the ridiculous amount of sugar bartenders put in cocktails but problem solved Ill make them at home! Thank you for the recipe :)

  15. Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

  16. I love margaritas, especially when they are as pretty as yours!

  17. This would be so perfect for today. It’s going to be hot!

  18. Erin! I’m making these tonight and I can’t wait! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  19. This looks so delicious and I agree with you about the sugar. Fresh fruit flavors taste so much better anyway!

  20. No Cinco de Mayo is complete without a good margarita! Just lovely!

  21. What a fabulous recipe. I cannot wait to try it. I think I will substitute the sugar for honey or agave. Thank you for sharing

  22. So gorgeous, I just love the color!! Blackberries are on sale this week and I stocked up for a baking project, but I might need to go back for margarita supplies…

  23. Really, really beautiful. I would drink way too many of these!

  24. Erin- these have to be the prettiest colored margaritas that I’ve ever seen! I like that you’ve made them ‘skinny’ too!!!

  25. I’ve been so busy lately that I wish I had this drink in my hand everyday. Preferably made by others, so that I just have to kick back with my legs up, relax, and sip slowly…Ahhh, I need a vacation.

  26. I want this in my life, like, yesterday!

  27. I never thought of alcohol containing calories. That’s kind of ridiculous, I know. But it’s true. Good thing that I rarely drink it. :)

    And these look super fun! Love that they’re skinny.

  28. This looks so beautiful! And I just love that it’s lightened up! I love margaritas…looking forward to having one of these this weekend!

  29. This looks delicious! I love skinny, and this recipe looks great…thanks for sharing!

  30. Hot dang! These look GOOD! Blackberries happen to be my favorite fruit, so I will be making these ASAP!

  31. Love the sound of this! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!


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