Clean Eating Margarita Mix Recipe

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I’ve gotten so many emails asking for clean margarita mix that I finally broke down and created one.

You see, I’m not a very big drinker. My dad was an alcoholic. So growing up, I avoided alcohol at all costs. But once I met my husband, I worked up the nerve to try a sip here and there.

Clean Eating Margarita Mix

I’ve definitely developed an appreciation for certain drinks in the past 7 years of marriage. Especially when they are made with fresh ingredients like this mix. But I still keep it in moderation and only drink maybe 2-3 times a year.

Two of those happen in March and July when one of my best friends and I go away for our birthdays to a beach town of our choosing and then proceed to shop and drink margaritas until every ounce of stress has left us (She’s a mom of 3, so by default, she has more stress than I do).

I should say here that alcohol, even in moderation, is not clean. But I think you’d be pretty hard pressed to ask many people to give up an occasional drink with friends. And that being said, at least a portion of your margarita will be clean. And that’s worth something, right?

Just remember, drink in moderation!! And at the risk of telling you something you’ve heard a million times, PLEASE never drink and drive! It’s just stupid and very, very dangerous.

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Clean Eating Margarita Mix

Clean Eating Margarita Mix

A deliciously clean alternative to the mix you buy at the store!
(Please drink responsibly!)
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings (approximate)
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup water (don't worry, it won't water down your drink)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • tsp. pure orange extract
  • ice as needed for your drink


  • Combine all ingredients together in a large container and stir or shake (with a lid on, please) until the honey has dissolved.
  • Make your margarita as you typically would. I used Jose Cuervo Especial - Tequila Gold.
  • Note: The lime flavor on this is fairly strong (just the way I like it!). If you prefer a weaker lime flavor, add an additional 1/4 to 1/2 cup water depending on your tastes.
  • Also, while I choose not to use agave, I know there are lots of clean eaters out there that do. If you prefer a sweeter margarita, agave nectar is the way to go here. You can only add so much honey before the flavor of the honey takes over. It's all a matter of personal taste and choice. This recipe is pretty versatile.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 70mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 8mg

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  1. Good to know! I don’t drink often myself but its always great to have clean recipes for when the occasion arises. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I actually do it this way as well except I add the juice of one orange, agave instead of honey, and a dash of dry vermouth to mimic the alchohol from the triple sec.

  3. We love a good margarita here and there……how exciting to make a clean one! Thank you! : )

  4. Sounds tasty, minus the tequila lol. I could probably substitute rum though, I guess that would be more like a daiquiri…but good all the same :o)

  5. Srjones792 says:

    Just want to say thanks for all the terrific recipes. It is so hard to stay on track when you are surrounded by many who don’t and your blog has definitely helped me. What a blessing you are!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Srjones – Thank you so much! I’m so happy your finding my site so useful!

  6. Karazumbas says:

    I’m just curious why you choose not to use agave nectar? I’m new to this clean eating thing and exploring ways for me and my family to be healthier. I am at high risk for diabetes (strong family history on both sides and had gestational w/my 2nd child). I thought agave was a natural sweetener that didn’t spike blood sugar levels like plain sugar and honey?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Karazumbas – To eat clean means to avoid processed foods. From everything I’ve read, agave is very processed, especially now that it’s in much higher demand.

  7. Hi Tiffany. Haven’t been on much since my Mom had a stroke early March. When and why did you stop using agave? This recipe looks wonderful without any alcohol. I love limeI think this would be great over crushed ice.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Hi Jodi. Sorry to hear about your mom.

      I stopped using agave because evidence kept mounting that it’s very processed stuff. But yes, this would be great on it’s own without the alcohol!

  8. Courtney Pagh says:

    Can’t wait to try them!

    I am new at clean eating & while I am quite mindful of what I’m eating, I just can’t get past liking a cocktail or 2. And I’m of an age where I really don’t much care to get past it, either ;o)

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Courtney – Haha!! I can soooo relate to that!

  9. Thank you sooooo much! Margaritas are a weakness of mine. They are rather tasty, and this recipe makes me feel a little less guilty!

  10. Just made this. Didn’t have orange extract, do I just squeezed a little orange in there. Was really tasty. Thanks for another great recipe.

  11. A New Years Drink and it’s clean! 🙂

  12. Just curious….does the calorie estimate include the tequila?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amber – Oh, how I wish!!! But no, sadly it doesn’t.

  13. Totally figured it didn’t…..wishful thinking 🙂 But still better than a sugary margarita mix! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amber – For sure!!

  14. You can clean this up even further by using higher quality tequila. Avoid Jose Cuervo products at all costs (save for their really high-end offerings). Same for Sauza. When purchasing tequila, always make certain the bottle says “100% Agave”. Otherwise it is called a “mixto” & has added artificial color & other sugars.

    Inexpensive & easily found 100% Agave brands to look for:
    El Jimador
    El Charro
    El Ultimo Agave
    El Mayor

    Not sure why you are adding water to the recipe, you’re just, well, watering down the other wonderful flavors. Just let the ice melt to add water. Here’s a simple recipe. Admittedly, agave nectar is not exactly pure.

    Puro Margarita
    2-3oz Tequila
    Equal parts Lime juice (half a lime)
    2 teaspoons Agave Nectar or simple syrup
    Shake & pour.

    If you like grapefruit, substitute fresh squeezed juice for the lime for a delicious twist on the margarita. Although it would now be called a Paloma.

    If you do not care for our Mexican friend, most any spirit would do well in these recipes, especially rum.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gregg – Sounds yummy! Thanks for the input! I don’t drink very often, but when I do, margaritas are my go-to drink!

  15. Edna Rodriguez says:

    If I wanted to make a non-alcoholic drink how would I use this mix?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Edna – You could just add water to taste.

  16. 5 stars
    Well, now I have plenty of ideas of what to bring to my New Years party I’m attending! These look great, thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Boyd – My pleasure! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂