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(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 keto margarita in a tall glass with a lime wedge
(Frozen!) Skinny Paleo & Keto Margarita

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 refreshing, tangy, sweet ‘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
(Frozen!) Skinny Paleo & Keto Margarita

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!) Skinny Paleo & Keto Margarita
Frozen keto margarita in a tall glass with a lime wedge
(Frozen!) Skinny Paleo & Keto Margarita

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(Frozen!) Skinny Paleo & Keto Margarita

This (frozen!) skinny keto margarita is a real thing of beauty! Just like the original, it's absolutely refreshing and intensely citrusy.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Keto, Mexican
Servings 2 margaritas
Calories 15 kcal


To garnish

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


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


*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 alluloseLakanto (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). 


Calories: 15kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 18.2mg | Calcium: 8mg
Keyword keto margarita, paleo margarita, skinny frozen margarita
Whip up this recipe?Comment below or drop me a line @gnomgnom._ and tag #gnomgnomyum!


  1. Amy Gruszewski says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to try this. Do you have a list of items to keep a well stocked Keto pantry? I would love to have check list to order from. Just an idea. Thanks for writing this blog.

    • Paola van der Hulst says:

      I’ve honestly been meaning to write it forever Amy! Will try and get it done next month 😉 xo!

  2. C'Anne Wofford says:

    Monin makes a sugar free Triple Sec that we’ve been using in regular margaritas. It does have a little sucralose in it but is mostly sweetened with erythritol!

  3. Val says:

    5 stars
    It’s been hot here in TN the past couple days and I was working outside in the yard having visions of a margarita. We made these to go with our soft taco dinner, and they were so good! I really couldn’t tell they were keto. The only thing I didn’t have was orange flavoring of any kind, but I remembered I had some orange Crystal Light in the cupboard so I used a bit of that to round out the flavor. Excellent!

    • JR says:

      Me too — would LOVE a (FROZEN!) SKINNY PALEO & KETO Mojito recipe!!
      Had a bad run-in with tequila when I was younger and now cannot stand the stuff.

    • Jodee says:

      5 stars
      Me also!!! Please Paola — would you develop a keto-friendly Mojito??!! Absolutely my favorite summer cocktail!
      Here’s hoping.

  4. Cass says:

    I made ‘triple sec’ with zest of 10-12 citrus from the garden, 1 cup erythritol, 2 tsp citric acid, 750ml vodka. Steep for 3 weeks, strain and bottle. It’s a bit cloudy but tastes divine

  5. Corina Ingram-Noehr says:

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe. These turned out amazing! My husband and I are on our third week of quarantine and these made our day. Thanks!

  6. Mira says:


    Do you have a Keto recipe for Strawberry Pina Coladas? The best I’ve ever had were in Mexico. tasted like a Strawberry milk shake.and I normally hate Pina Coladas. Two sweet for me.

  7. Kirsty says:

    Hi – new to Keto (plus in Australia so some products named differently/unavailable). Just wondering if using powdered sweetener is it exact amount substitute for syrup i.e. 2-4 tablespoons mixed with the boiling water? Thank you

  8. Dee says:

    I was in need of a Keto Margarita while preparing Keto fajitas tonight. I miss Margarita Golds, but there is no way I’m comprising my new WOE and all of the benefits.
    Decided to try your recipe due to its simplicity. A great decision.
    I read earlier about adding egg whites to another carb ladened Margarita.
    After mixing up your recipe, using orange extract and powdered erithrotil then tasting, I decided to try an egg white version. Adding the egg white smoothed out the flavor, taking away the sharpness, after I added liquid Stevia, ending up with pure perfection.
    Another winner to add to my Keto repertoire.

  9. CassieOz says:

    I make ‘triple sec’ with the zest of 10 oranges, 700ml of vodka and 1/2 cup erythritol, steeped for 4 weeks and strained

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