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Clean(er) Mason Jar Margaritas

This healthy margarita recipe may not technically be paleo, but it’s pretty clean as far as delicious cocktails go. A guilt-free summer cocktail recipe perfect for a BBQ, bridal shower or game night – these are always a hit. 

healthy mason jar margaritas on a white tablecloth

These Healthy Mason Jar Margaritas are a party in a jar! 

I’d be hard pressed to have to pick a favorite cocktail but if you forced me to choose I’d most likely pick a margarita.

In my mind, a margarita always sounds good. Whether it is rainy and dreary outside or bright and sunny, I’m in.

However, since this is a clean eating blog I do need to make mention that while a margarita sounds great every day, it’s not something I actually have every day.

I save it for when it counts and don’t think twice about it.

Now on to my favorite part of this… the mason jar! Specifically, this extra large half gallon mason jar which you can find a Target or Amazon.

I mean, hello.

A giant mason jar filled to the brim with a healthy margarita? Sign me up.

I also suggest leaving the mason jar as a super easy gift for the hostess. Or maybe that’s kind of a crappy gift?

Maybe you can attach a laminated recipe card for the margaritas to make it feel more gift-y? Or is it still crappy?

Oh well, I don’t even know.  I do know however that the healthy margaritas inside are the bomb.

side view of healthy Mason Jar Margaritas with cut limes on the side

How to make a healthy margarita in different summery flavors: 

On to the actual healthy margarita recipe. My three favorite go-to flavors are guava, mango and grapefruit.

Personally, my favorite is the guava but any juice will work. For juices, I really enjoy Ceres brand as they have a wide variety of flavors and no added sugars.

If you choose to use grapefruit know that you may want to add a touch of honey to sweeten things up a bit as pure grapefruit juice is pretty sour particularly combined with the lime.

different fruit juices in glass bottles needed to make healthy margaritas

 

I’d like to make note that I don’t like my margaritas to be overly sweet. With that said, sometimes it does need an extra kick of sweet (as I mentioned with the grapefruit) and I’m happy to add a touch of honey simple syrup.

To make that, use a 1:1 ratio of honey to water and gently heat it in a sauce until the honey is dissolved and let it cool. If you like yours a little sweeter, feel free to sweeten it to taste.

How to make your Mason Jar Margaritas even better: 

To take my healthy margaritas to the next level, I like to add some special touches like fresh herbs, spices or garnishes.

Adding some thinly sliced jalapeño to my guava margaritas, basil infused into my peach margaritas and a bit of cayenne pepper to alllll of my margaritas makes for an extra tasty drink.

The margarita recipe below was written to reflect a basic margarita cocktail and gives you a little flexibility to make it your own.

a pile of squeezed out limes on a wooden cutting board

Tips for making this healthy margarita recipe: 

  • Just a couple of seconds rolling the limes on the counter will tenderize them and make them way easier to juice, especially if they are a bit hard.
  • Your margaritas can only be as good as the worst of its ingredients, so cheap lime concentrate and crappy tequila are a no-no.
  • When it comes to choosing which type of tequila to use, I’d say go for a silver/blanco, as the natural agave flavor and the true tequila taste are those of the un-aged spirit.

Healthy margaritas served in two glasses on a white table

Do I have to use fresh limes or can I use store-bought lime juice for this margarita recipe? 

Make sure you have a LOT of limes if you’re planning to squeeze them yourself. The limes shown in this picture were all of the limes I squeezed of make 1 and 3/4 cups of juice.

Freshly squeezed limes are always worth the extra effort IMO but if you’re in a time crunch there are some great lime juices available at the store.

For more healthy cocktail recipes: 

If you’re a fan of clean(er) cocktails, make sure to check out my Blackberry Bramble and Dairy-Free White Russians.

With that, I think you’re all ready now to become your own Mason Jar Margarita experts. For more highly Instagramable Margaritas check out this margarita roundup from Drizzly, 11 Instagrammable Margarita Recipes

Cleane(er) Mason Jar Margaritas

These Mason Jar Margaritas from The Whole Smiths are the perfect treat to take along for any occasion. While they may not be technically paleo, they're pretty clean for a delicious cocktail.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: healthy margaritas, paleo margarita recipe, skinny margaritas
Servings: 1 big mason jar
Author: Michelle

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups lime juice
  • 2 1/2 cups juice mango, guava, peach, etc.
  • 2 3/4 cups tequila blanco
  • 1 1/3 cups Gran Marnier
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • Kosher or margarita salt for rims

Other optional ingredients:

  • Thinly sliced jalapeños to garnish if you're making the guava margaritas a small handful of basil to infuse into the peach margaritas or 1 teaspoon of Trader Joe's Chili Lime seasoning to add into the salt for the rim of the glass of your mango margaritas.

Instructions

  • Add the lime juice, fruit juice of choice, tequila and Gran Marnier and optional cayenne to a 1/2 gallon mason jar and stir to combine. Add any additional ingredients you may like to infuse such as basil.
  • Cover with the lid and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours prior to serving.
  • To serve, wet the rims of a glass with a bit of lime juice and dip into the salt to rim the glass. Add the ice to your cup after you have salted the rims and pour margarita into the glass.

Notes

  • Just a couple of seconds rolling the limes on the counter will tenderize them and make them way easier to juice, especially if they are a bit hard.
  • Your margaritas can only be as good as the worst of its ingredients,” so cheap lime concentrate and crappy tequila are a no-no.
  • When it comes to choosing which type of tequila to use, I'd say go for a silver/blanco, as the natural agave flavor and the true tequila taste are those of the un-aged spirit.

Mason Jar Margaritas Pinterest Graphic

 

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