(Frozen!) Skinny Keto Margarita ? gluten free & paleo

This (frozen!) skinny paleo and keto margarita is a real thing of beauty! Just like the original, it’s absolutely refreshing and intensely citrusy… but without any of the added syrups and refined sugars!

Frozen Paleo & Keto Margarita

Skinny and Ultra Citrusy!

True Mexican margaritas, made with freshly squeezed key limes, have become one of the most famous cocktails with reason. They’re refreshingtangysweet ‘n salty, and simply the perfect partners in crime for any and all Mexican entrees.

And well, being Mexican and all, I’ll always have a special penchant for these guys!

The Booze

Totally optional… but then again, highly suggested! Choose a good tequila, and either blanco or reposado work great. Both nil carbs and great pairings, just a preference thing.

Triple sec is also a staple ingredient of margaritas, but in all it’s sugary glory it’s definitely not kets-friendly. To make up for it, you’ll want to add some orange zest and a touch of freshly squeezed juice if possible. But you can always just add a bit of orange extract if you prefer.

Though if keto, know your limits as booze can hit you way harder. And even though it’s technically zero carbs, it’s not for everyone.

Full disclosure, I haven’t touched booze since Christmas as I’ve found that it increases the inflammation of my autoimmune diseases. Having said that, I was still more than happy to have these as virgin margaritas during trials with some guacamole and keto tortilla chips. Delicious sort of key lime granitas (i.e. slushies!).

Running a lime through the rim of a margarita glass

The Sweetener

You’ve got options here, though your best bet is to use a liquid sweetener. My new favorite thing for this is sorta thing are allulose syrups (this one doesn’t have any added flavorings).

But if you only have powdered sweeteners around, don’t sweat it! You can dissolve your allulose (my favorite because no aftertaste, just be sure to add 30% more as it’s less sweet!), Lakanto Golden or xylitol (non-corn though to avoid tummy troubles!) in a little hot water to make sure you get evenly distributed sweetness.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup (or kitty!) around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! ?

Adding salt to the rim of a margarita glass
Frozen keto margarita in a tall glass with a lime wedge

INGREDIENTS

TO GARNISH

  • lemon wedges
  • kosher salt

FOR THE FROZEN KETO MARGARITAS

  • 3-4 ounces tequila
  • 2-4 tablespoons allulose syrup *see notes for powdered sweeteners
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest or 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 cups ice as needed
  • 1/2 cup lime juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Get your glasses ready first by running a lime wedge through the rim and dipping it in salt. Set aside. 
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until slushy in consistency, adding more ice as necessary and sweetener to taste. 

RECIPE NOTES

* If using a powdered sweetener it’s always best to dissolve them in a little hot water prior to avoid any grittiness. You can use anything from allulose, Lakanto (or other erythritol sweeteners) or xylitol. And if paleo, feel free to use maple syrup.

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated without the booze (so you add to your liking, or even do without!). And all the carbs are derived from the lime juice, so you can significantly lower them by simply using less (even 1/3 cup will do the trick). Though also keep in mind that limes are highly nutritious (think the obvious vitamin C, but also rich in cancer-fighting compounds called flavonoids). 

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