Keto Margarita Recipe

I’m not much of a drinker, but this Keto Margarita recipe almost changed that. It’s made with three low-carb ingredients —tequila, sparkling water, and electrolytes and tastes incredible. Because it contains electrolytes, you won’t get dehydrated while you drink. 🍻

Keto Margarita Recipe

It’s good to have a great low-carb margarita recipe in your life, whether for Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or any old day of the year. This quick and easy margarita recipe is super easy to throw together. Simply mix the tequila, soda water, and citrus salt electrolytes in a shaker and you’re off to the races.

Healthy Virgin Margarita Mocktail

Because I don’t drink much, I’ve also created a virgin margarita, or margarita mocktail, for myself, and those of you who don’t drink. As you read on I’ll share more with you about why I gave up alcohol 20 years ago, and how I realized this was something I needed to do for my health and well being.

Can You Drink Alcohol On The Keto Diet?

But first, I’m often asked can you drink alcohol on the Keto Diet. I’m not one to give advice about these things, but I love providing you with information that helps you make the best choice for you. The short answer is yes because certain alcohols don’t have any carbohydrates.

What Is The Lowest Carb Alcohol

I’m also asked, what is the lowest carb alcohol? That’s an easy answer. Tequila, vodka, gin, whiskey, brandy, and other pure alcohols have zero carbs so are fine if you’re focused on counting carbs. Personally, I like to stick with nutrient-dense food and beverages, so any type of alcohol regardless of carbs is not really my thing. But if you’re going to imbibe, and want to stick to a Low-Carb Diet, watch out for cocktails since the mixers are generally filled with sugar and carbohydrates. The Citrus Salt mixer I use in this Keto Margarita recipe is incredibly low-carb, packed with flavor. and on top of all that will keep you hydrated while you imbibe.

Carbohydrates In Different Alcohols

Carbohydrates In Different Alcohols

Healthy Detox-Retox Margarita

Healthy drinking? What are you talking about, Elana? Well, there’s a fun new trend called detox-retox drinking. Have you heard of it? Yes, it’s a thing. This is when you drink something healthy along with your alcohol, In this case, with my healthy Keto Margarita recipe, you’re getting electrolytes while you drink. So you’ll be hydrating while you’re dehydrating and detoxing while you’re retoxing. Yes, life is all about balance 😜 my friends.

Keto Margarita

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  1. Gently mix tequila, sparkling water, and LMNT in a shaker
  2. Pour into glass of ice
  3. Add slice of lime
  4. Drink up
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Robb Wolf’s NorCal Margarita

My recipe for this Keto Margarita is based on Robb Wolf’s NorCal Margarita. He created his healthy, low-carb margarita made of tequila, water (or soda water), and lime juice, a while back. The NorCal Margarita is perfect with good tequila and fresh lime juice.

LMNT Sugar-Free Margarita

If you want something just as amazing as Robb Wolf’s NorCal Margarita, but that requires even less effort, make my Keto Margarita using LMNT electrolytes. You’ll whip it up in less than a minute since you don’t have to squeeze limes for fresh juice. I’ve given you the perfect lazy sugar-free margarita recipe.

LMNT Citrus Salt Electrolytes

LMNT Citrus Salt

Just so you know, I’m in love with all of LMNT’s electrolytes, not just the citrus salt which tastes like lime. They also have raspberry, orange, and for purists, raw unflavored.  I drink it everyday because I’m slightly sodium deficient, and I make tons of amazing mocktails with it which I’ll be sharing soon. By the way, have you heard of the Keto Flu? LMNT is fantastic if you’re in the process of trying to Kick the Keto Flu.

How To Salt The Rim Of Your Margarita Glass

I think this Keto Margarita is perfect just the way it is since LMNT electrolytes contain just enough salt for me, but if you want to take it one step further, you can salt the rim. It’s super easy, pour a pack of LMNT citrus salt electrolytes onto a small plate, moisten the rim of your glass with a slice of lime, then dip the moistened rim into the electrolytes for more salty lime goodness.

Low-Carb Snacks For Keto Margarita

Keto Tortilla Chips

Now that we’ve got you going with my sugar-free margarita, you’re going to need some low-carb snacks to go along with it. I’ve got you covered. My Keto Tortilla Chips and Guacamole are perfect with this Keto Margarita, it’s great Cinco de Mayo fare, but so good we eat it all year round!

Behind the Scenes of the Photo Shoot

The great thing about using electrolytes in your margarita is obviously the rehydrating factor, but it’s the flavor and taste that’s out of this world. I had a little problem when I made mine for recipe testing and while shooting the Keto Margarita. It was so good I couldn’t stop sipping on it, as you can see in the video below.

Virgin Keto Margarita Mocktail

This Keto Margarita works just as well without tequila which is how I’ll be taking mine. I can’t process 🍸 alcohol since I have that dang MTHFR genetic mutation.

The MTHFR Genetic Mutation

I am heterozygous for the MTHFR genetic mutation which means I have two different alleles of this particular gene. That’s bad because one of those alleles, or strands, is a mutation that makes me detox around 70% as effectively as the general population. My doctors have told me this is likely the reason I have Celiac Disease, Hashimoto’s, and Multiple Sclerosis. It’s good because I’m not homozygous for the mutation which would mean even more detoxification issues.

MTHFR And Alcohol

I wasn’t ever very good at processing alcohol. In college, I was a total lightweight. I remember once my friend Mary took me back to my dorm room cause I was sick after drinking three beers over a few hours. As I aged my ability to metabolize alcohol became even more compromised. By the time I’d had my first child at age 30, I would become hungover, halfway into a glass of wine, and feel absolutely awful. So I gave up alcohol around the time I went grain-free, which was in 2001.

Your Questions

If you’re a regular reader here, you know I love getting questions from you, and you also know that I answer every single one. So let me know if you have questions about this Keto Margarita, the MTHFR mutation, or anything else. I’ve covered quite a lot here and am happy to expand upon any of the topics above and provide you with more in-depth coverage.

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22 responses to “Keto Margarita Recipe”

  1. Your carb count per 100g for wines is incorrect…..its 3.6g per 100g/ml for beer, 2.6 for Wine red or white, not 1g
    Correct as of November 2020

  2. Wow, this looks awesome, will try this recipe soon! Quite a few margarita recipes also use orange liquor as well, have you experimented at all with adding some of the orange electrolyte powder from LMNT?

  3. Thank you so much! I ordered the electrolytes after reading this and we just made our first batch of margaritas. They are excellent! Thank you so much for everything you do!

  4. How did you find out you had the MTHFR gene mutation? In have ulcerative colitis and am trying everything I can right now to get to the root of my inflammation with a functional medicine approach. I have read a little about this but am curious as to whether or not there are symptoms of this mutation to be on the lookout for and what may prompt a test for this? Also, have you ever tried low dose LDN? If so, what is your take on it?
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Brandi, thanks for your great question. I had a blood test as I suspected I had the MTHFR genetic mutation. It can lead to systemic inflammation due to impaired detoxification. There are many things I do to ameliorate it but it is a constant thing to try to stay ahead of it, especially given the number of pollutants that are unavoidable in our environment today. I started taking LDN in 2006 and wrote about it here:

      Take care,

      • I’ve gotten mixed reviews on DIM as it lowers histamine AND estrogen. Functional medicine dr said DIM, female hormone dr said sulfuraphane for women around menopause. Love the supplement picture! Food and then supplements saved my life.

  5. I am so going to try this virgin. I am doing chemo for breast cancer and drinking is no no, so yay for a virgin margarita With the new warm weather and upcoming change of the season it will be so refreshing! Thank you so much.

    • Laura, so sorry to hear about the cancer and cheers to you for moving through it with an incredible attitude. I can see it from the words in your comment. Please keep me posted on how you do :-)

  6. I did not see the recipe for the VIRGIN KETO MARGARITA MOCKTAIL. I cannot drink any alcohol and would love to try this mocktail.

  7. I love margaritas and am always looking for ways to make healthy cocktails. Thank you for sharing this! I will definitely will be making my own mix instead of buying one from the store next time. Also, thank you for sharing about the MTHFR genetic mutation. That was very insightful into how people process, or don’t process, alcohol. Your posts are always fun and knowledgeable. Thank you!

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