It’s five o’clock and sunny somewhere, right? Odds are good that after this long winter, you’re more than ready to kick back and toast to warmer temperatures with a tropical-tasting drink in hand. But not all boozy beverages are created equal! Mixers, fruit juices and even tonic water have a surprising amount of sugar that adds up when you’re crafting cocktails. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the unofficial Christmas for all tequila lovers, we’ve rounded up seven better-for-you margarita recipes that feature all kinds of fruit. Once you’ve tasted these homemade recipes, you’ll never want to go back to the artificially flavored mixes again. Gather some friends, put out a few healthy appetizers and raise your glass!
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A rich source of vitamin A and the antioxidant lycopene, pureed watermelon gives this cocktail a summery pink hue. You’ll get the maximum amount of nutrients if you use a melon that’s fully ripe, so be sure to wait until the flesh turns from slight pink to robust red. Photo and recipe: Sydney / Crepes of Wrath
The tart flavor of orange juice, lime juice and blended blackberries complement the earthy agave of tequila. And you’re in luck because this boozy treat is only 145 calories! Photo and recipe: Erin / Dinners, Dishes & Desserts
Think avocados are only for guac? Think again. A powerhouse of healthy fat, the nutritious green fruit adds some fiber and makes this creamier than your average libation. Mix chili powder and salt for a glass rim with a kick! Photo and recipe: Dara / Cookin’ Canuck
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Stick to simplicity and make this classic marg that tastes beyond basic. Be sure to use fresh limes and agave in place of adding sugar. Shake it (like a polaroid picture) and enjoy! Photo and recipe: Erika / Parker Street Imagery
Chill out with this frosty fiesta of a drink. To achieve the right consistency, use frozen mangos, which promote a healthy complexion since they contain loads of vitamin A and C. The juiced limes can be used to rim your glasses, so don’t throw them away until the end. Photo and recipe: Josie / Pink Parsley
Put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up! These ingredients plus tequila make for a winning trio in this tropical creation. If your coconut cream has solidified, steep the can in hot water for a few minutes before putting into your cocktail shaker. Photo and recipe: Tina / My Life as a Mrs.
For a sweet and sour sip, blend blueberries, mint and agave, strain the juice and throw out the solids. An excellent source of antioxidants, blueberries are a healthy substitution for sugar to add sweetness. If you like bubbly drinks, add a splash of seltzer before serving. Photo and recipe: Liz / Virtually Homemade
Watermelon and cherry add a natural sweetness to this pretty-in-pink cocktail, so you don’t need to use much simple syrup or agave. Consider blending frozen watermelon chunks with the cherries to turn the margarita into a frozen slushy treat. And if you prefer a much stronger drink, adding a fresh squeeze of citrus juice helps mellow out the sweetness of the watermelon and the tartness of the cherries. Photo and recipe: Giselle Rochford / ExSloth
If you’re not familiar with ginger beer, it’s got a subtle sweet taste to it, which makes it a great addition to a margarita cocktail. To prepare this drink, simply mix one and a half ounces of tequila with three ounces of ginger beer, a tablespoon of simple syrup and two tablespoons of fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker, then shake until it’s fully mixed. Then, line the rim of the glasses with coarse sea salt.Photo and recipe: John and Dana / Minimalist Baker
10. Skinny Margarita
This light and refreshing cocktail is the perfect pairing for an al fresco meal. Instead of using a low-calorie margarita mix, this recipe relies on freshly squeezed orange and lime juice and other fruit purees to infuse sweetness and color. Muddling some fresh mint with fruit at the bottom of the glass helps enhance their flavors and mix better with the tequila. Photo and recipe: Ali Ebright / Gimme Some Oven
Originally posted May 2014. Updated May 2017.