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Simple Taffer's Skinny Margarita Mix Recipes

Simple Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix Recipes

Who doesn’t love a refreshing margarita on a hot day, or frankly, any day? As a huge margarita fan, I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy this classic cocktail.

Recently, I discovered the convenience of Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix. It’s a fantastic option for whipping up delicious margaritas at home without all the fuss. But here’s the thing – I also love getting creative in the kitchen. So, I started wondering, could I recreate that same skinny margarita mix myself? The answer is a resounding yes!

Today, I’m sharing not only my recipe for a homemade “skinny margarita mix,” but also some fantastic cocktail ideas using both the pre-made mix and our DIY version. Get ready to shake up some delicious margaritas!

I also shared some of my favorite Bar Rescue drinks recipes in my previous post. Do not forget to check it out!

How to make Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix at home

How to make Taffer's Skinny Margarita Mix at home

While you can’t replicate the exact recipe for Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix at home since it’s a commercial product, you can definitely create a similar tasting margarita using readily available ingredients. Here’s how to make a homemade version of a skinny margarita:

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Fresh lime juice (use high-quality limes for the best flavor)
  • ½ ounce Orange liqueur (like Cointreau, optional)
  • ½ ounce Simple syrup or agave nectar (optional)
  • Water to fill (about 1 cup)

Instructions:

Combine the Flavors: In a clean container, add the fresh lime juice, orange liqueur (if using), and simple syrup (if using).

Adjust the Sweetness: Taste the mixture and adjust the amount of simple syrup/agave nectar to your preference. Remember, you can always add more sweetness later, but you can’t take it away.

Fill and Chill: Top the mixture with water to reach a total volume of about 1 cup. Stir well to combine everything. Store your homemade margarita mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Tips:

Adjust the sweetness: Simple syrup or agave nectar adds sweetness. You can adjust the amount based on your preference or omit it entirely if you like a tart margarita.

Orange liqueur is optional: Cointreau or another orange liqueur adds a depth of flavor but isn’t crucial. You can skip it for a simpler version.

Sparkling water for a lighter drink: Adding a splash of sparkling water or club soda creates a lighter and bubblier margarita, perfect for a hot day.

Fresh is best: While Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix offers convenience, using fresh lime juice gives you more control over the flavor and sugar content.

This homemade version allows you to customize the sweetness, add orange liqueur for complexity, or even top it with sparkling water for a lighter drink. It might not be exactly the same as Taffer’s mix, but it will be a delicious and refreshing homemade skinny margarita!

Cocktails Using Pre-Made Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix

Now that you’ve mastered making your own (or have your trusty bottle of) Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix, let’s explore some delicious cocktail creations! Here are a few recipe ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

1. The Classic Skinny Margarita

Cocktails Using Pre-Made Taffer's Skinny Margarita Mix

The classic skinny margarita is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for any occasion. It’s a light and refreshing take on the traditional margarita, using Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix for convenience without compromising on flavor. It reminds me of delicious Mexican tea shot. Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this delicious drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila (silver or blanco tequila recommended)
  • 3 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix (refer to bottle instructions for exact ratio if it differs)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge (for garnish, optional)
  • Salt (for rimming the glass, optional)

Instructions:

  1. Chill Your Glass (Optional): For an extra refreshing drink, pop your margarita glass in the freezer for a few minutes before starting.
  2. Rim the Glass (Optional): If you enjoy a salty rim, take a lime wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass. Then, dip the rim in coarse salt to create a salty border.
  3. Fill the Shaker with Ice: Pack a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. This helps chill the drink and dilute it slightly.
  4. Combine Tequila and Margarita Mix: Pour the tequila and Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix into the shaker.
  5. Shake It Up!: Shake the shaker firmly for 10-15 seconds. You should hear a nice, rhythmic shaking sound. This chills the drink and combines the flavors for a smooth margarita.
  6. Strain into Glass: Strain the margarita mixture into your prepared glass (with or without a salt rim).
  7. Garnish and Enjoy: Add a lime wedge to the rim of the glass for a classic garnish. Take a sip and enjoy your refreshing homemade skinny margarita!

Tips:

Adjust the Tequila to Mix Ratio: The suggested ratio is 2:3 (tequila to mix), but you can adjust it to your taste preference. Want it stronger? Add a bit more tequila. Prefer it sweeter? Add a splash less tequila.

Get Creative with Garnishes: Instead of a lime wedge, you can try a sprig of mint, a jalapeno slice for a spicy kick, or even a Tajin rim (a chili lime seasoning blend).

2. The Frozen Skinny Margarita

The Frozen Skinny Margarita

Perfect for a hot day, this frozen version is sure to be a hit! This recipe utilizes the same foundation of Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix and tequila, but transforms it into a gloriously icy treat.

Ingredients:

  • Same as the Classic Skinny Margarita recipe, plus:
  • Optional: orange liqueur (like Cointreau)

Instructions:

Simply combine the tequila, margarita mix, and an initial half cup of ice cubes in your blender. Here’s where you can get creative! If you enjoy a more complex citrus flavor, add a splash of orange liqueur for an extra depth.

Now comes the fun part – blend the mixture until it reaches a smooth, slushy consistency. Depending on your blender’s power, this might take 30-45 seconds.

Once perfectly blended, carefully pour the frozen margarita into your glass. To add a classic touch, garnish the rim with a lime wedge before taking a sip of this cool and refreshing escape.

Remember, if your margarita seems a bit thick, you can always add more ice and blend again for a thinner consistency.

Tips:

Adjust the Ice: If your margarita seems too thick after blending, add a few more ice cubes and blend again for a thinner consistency.

Frozen Fruit Fun: For an extra fruity twist, add a handful of frozen berries, mango chunks, or pineapple to the blender with the other ingredients.

More or Less Sweet: While Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix is formulated for a balanced taste, you can adjust the sweetness to your preference. If you prefer it sweeter, add a drizzle of agave nectar or simple syrup before blending.

Recommended: Cowboy Ranch Water Recipe from Bar Rescue

4. The Sparkling Skinny Margarita

The Sparkling Skinny Margarita

For those who enjoy a lighter and bubblier margarita experience, the Sparkling Skinny Margarita is a delightful option. This recipe builds upon the classic margarita base using Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix and adds a touch of effervescence for a refreshing and celebratory drink like a Springwater cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila (silver or blanco tequila recommended)
  • 3 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix (refer to bottle instructions for exact ratio if it differs)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge (for garnish, optional)
  • Sparkling water or club soda (to top up)

Instructions:

  1. Follow the Classic Recipe: Prepare your margarita as usual using the Classic Skinny Margarita recipe with tequila, Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix, ice cubes, and a lime wedge for garnish (optional). Follow steps 1-5 from the classic recipe to shake and strain the margarita mixture.
  2. Add the Fizz: Now comes the exciting twist! After straining the margarita mixture into your glass, top it up with a splash of sparkling water or club soda. This adds a delightful layer of fizz and creates a lighter, more refreshing drink compared to the classic margarita.
  3. Enjoy the Bubbles: Garnish your margarita with a lime wedge (optional) and take a sip to experience the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and bubbly flavors.

Tips:

Control the Fizz: Start with a small splash of sparkling water or club soda and adjust the amount to your preference. You can always add more for a stronger fizz. I also use it in Butterfly Pea Flower Cocktail.

Fruity Twist: If you’d like a hint of fruitiness, consider adding a squeeze of fresh grapefruit or lime juice before topping with sparkling water.

Sweetness Adjustment: While Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix is pre-sweetened, you can add a touch of simple syrup or agave nectar before topping with sparkling water if you prefer it sweeter.

5. Spicy Skinny Margarita

Spicy Skinny Margarita

This recipe takes the classic Skinny Margarita to a whole new level with the addition of a fiery jalapeno pepper. Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix provides the base flavors, while the jalapeno adds a delightful kick that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds. This drink is perfect for those who enjoy a bit of heat like a Rusa drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila (silver or blanco tequila recommended)
  • 3 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, sliced (remove seeds for less heat)
  • Fresh lime juice (optional, for adjusting tartness)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge (for garnish)
  • Tajin rim (optional, a chili-lime seasoning blend)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Glass (Optional): If you enjoy a salty rim with a hint of spice, use a lime wedge to rub the rim of your glass and then dip it in Tajin seasoning.
  2. Muddle the Jalapeno: Gently muddle (press) the sliced jalapeno in the bottom of a shaker. Be careful not to over-muddle, or your margarita will be overwhelmingly spicy. Here’s the key: removing the seeds from the jalapeno significantly reduces the heat.
  3. Combine and Shake: Add the tequila, Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix, and ice cubes to the shaker with the muddled jalapeno. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds for a chilled and well-combined drink.
  4. Strain and Taste: Strain the margarita mixture into your prepared glass (with or without a Tajin rim). Take a sip and adjust the tartness by adding a squeeze of fresh lime juice if desired.
  5. Enjoy the Spice! Garnish your margarita with a lime wedge and enjoy the refreshing flavors with a delightful spicy kick.

Tips:

Heat Control: Start with half a jalapeno and adjust the amount based on your spice preference. Remember, you can always add more heat, but you can’t take it away!

Seed Removal Matters: Removing the seeds from the jalapeno significantly reduces the heat. If you’re new to spicy margaritas, start without the seeds and gradually add them for increasing heat levels.

Hot Sauce Substitute: If you don’t have fresh jalapenos, you can substitute a few dashes of hot sauce for a similar kick. Start with a few dashes and adjust to your preference.

Want to try some more spicy cocktails? Check simple recipes of spicy passion fruit margarita and spicy ranch water.

6. Skinny Paloma

Skinny Paloma

This refreshing twist on the classic Paloma cocktail incorporates grapefruit flavors for a delightful change.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 3 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix
  • 2 oz Grapefruit soda or sparkling grapefruit juice
  • Fresh lime wedge (for garnish)
  • Salt rim (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Glass (Optional): If you enjoy a salty rim, use a lime wedge to rub the rim of your glass and then dip it in coarse salt.
  2. Combine in a Shaker (Optional): For a chilled and well-combined drink, you can use a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice cubes, then add the tequila, Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix, and grapefruit soda or juice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Strain or Pour Directly (Optional): If you used a shaker, strain the margarita mixture into your prepared glass (with or without a salt rim). Alternatively, you can skip the shaker and simply combine the tequila, margarita mix, and grapefruit soda or juice directly in your glass filled with ice.
  4. Garnish and Enjoy: Add a fresh lime wedge to the rim of your glass for a classic garnish. Take a sip and savor the refreshing balance of sweet, tart, and grapefruit flavors.

Tips:

Fresh vs. Soda: For a more intense grapefruit flavor, use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice instead of soda. Adjust the amount to your preference, keeping in mind it might be slightly more tart than soda.

Balancing the Tartness: If using fresh grapefruit juice, you might need to add a squeeze of fresh lime juice for extra tartness to balance the sweetness of the mix.

Sparkling Fun: Consider using a sparkling grapefruit juice for an extra layer of fizz in your Skinny Paloma.

7. Skinny Cucumber Basil Margarita

taffer's skinny margarita mix recipe

This unique margarita adds a refreshing twist with the cool cucumber and fragrant basil.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 3 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix
  • ½ English cucumber, sliced
  • 4-5 Basil leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wedge (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Muddle the Flavor: In the bottom of a shaker, gently muddle the sliced cucumber and basil leaves. Be careful not to over-muddle, as this can release a bitter flavor from the basil.
  2. Combine and Shake: Add the tequila, Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix, and ice cubes to the shaker with the muddled ingredients. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds for a chilled and well-combined drink.
  3. Strain into Glass (Optional): Strain the margarita mixture into your glass filled with fresh ice (optional). This extra ice helps keep your drink refreshingly cold.
  4. Garnish and Enjoy: Add a fresh lime wedge to the rim of your glass for a classic garnish. Take a sip and savor the delightful blend of sweet, tart, cucumber coolness, and fragrant basil.

Tips:

Basil Substitutes: Don’t have basil on hand? You can substitute mint leaves for a similar refreshing effect.

Sparkling Twist: If you’d like a touch of fizz, add a splash of sparkling water or club soda to the top of your drink after straining.

Don’t Over-Muddle: Remember, a gentle muddle is key. If you go overboard, your margarita might turn bitter from the basil.

8. Champagne Margarita

Champagne Margarita

For a lighter and bubblier twist on the margarita, this recipe incorporates champagne or prosecco.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix
  • 5 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Prosecco or Champagne
  • Fresh lime wedge (for garnish)
  • Coarse salt (for rimming the glass, optional)
  • Herbs or dried rose petals (for garnish, optional)

Instructions:

Combine the Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix and tequila in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Prepare your glass with a lime wedge rim dipped in coarse salt.

Place a large ice cube in your margarita glass. Strain the margarita mixture from the shaker over the ice cube.

Top your drink with 1 oz of prosecco or champagne for a bubbly finish. Garnish with a lime wedge, herbs, or dried rose petals (optional) and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks:

For a sweeter margarita, use a less tart variety of grapefruit margarita mix from Taffer’s. Feeling fancy? Dip the rim of your glass in a mixture of sugar and edible glitter for a sparkly presentation.

Want to add a splash of color? Infuse your tequila with raspberries or blueberries for a delightful tint and subtle fruit flavor.

9. Bulldog Strawberry Margs

Bulldog Strawberry Margs

This recipe combines the classic margarita flavors with a refreshing strawberry twist and a surprising beer finish.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix
  • 1.5 oz Tequila
  • 1 Bottle of Beer (Corona recommended)
  • Ice cubes
  • Strawberry or lime wedge (for garnish)

Instructions:

Combine the Taffer’s Margarita Mix and tequila in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds to create a chilled and well-combined mixture.

Strain the margarita mixture into a large glass filled with fresh ice cubes. Make sure to only fill the glass ¾ of the way up, leaving space for the beer. Open your bottle of Corona (or your preferred beer).

Here comes the fun part! Tilt your glass at an angle and carefully place the open bottle of beer upside down on the rim. This will allow the beer to slowly pour into the glass without creating too much foam.

Once the glass is full (with the margarita mixture and beer), gently remove the bottle and admire the two layers.

Garnish your Bulldog Strawberry Marg with a fresh strawberry or a lime wedge for a classic touch. Enjoy this unique and refreshing take on the margarita!

Also check out Strawberry Ranch Water Recipe

Tips & Tricks:

Don’t love Corona? Experiment with other light beers or lagers to find your favorite flavor combination.

For a more intense strawberry flavor, muddle a few fresh strawberries in the shaker with the margarita mix and tequila.

Want to skip the beer layer? Top your margarita with a splash of club soda for a lighter and fizzier drink.

10. Pineapple Cinnamon Margarita

Pineapple Cinnamon Margarita

This recipe combines the bright flavors of pineapple with the cozy warmth of cinnamon for a unique and delightful margarita.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix
  • 5 oz Tequila (blanco tequila recommended)
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Fresh pineapple slice (for garnish)

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients (Taffer’s Margarita Mix, tequila, pineapple juice, cinnamon) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds for a chilled and well-combined drink. Strain the margarita mixture into a glass filled with fresh ice cubes. Garnish with a fresh pineapple slice and enjoy the taste of sunshine in a glass!

Tips & Tricks:

Cinnamon Sugar Rim: Take your margarita to the next level with a cinnamon sugar rim. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and then dip it in a mixture of equal parts sugar and ground cinnamon.

Smoky Twist: For a touch of smoke, add a pinch of smoked paprika to the shaker with the other ingredients.

Frozen Delight: Transform this margarita into a frozen treat! Blend all the ingredients (tequila, margarita mix, pineapple juice, cinnamon) with a cup of ice until smooth and slushy.

More cocktails with Pineapple juice:

Serving Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix cocktails like a Pro

Here are some tips for serving Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix cocktails:

The Art of the Glassware:

Classic Margarita Glass: This is your go-to for a timeless presentation. For an extra touch, chill your glasses in the freezer for a frosty effect.

Coupe Glasses: Feeling fancy? Opt for coupe glasses for an elegant and sophisticated vibe.

Mason Jars: These are perfect for casual gatherings or poolside lounging. Rim the jars with Tajin or chili powder for a fun and flavorful touch.

Get Creative: Don’t be afraid to experiment with unique glassware like stemmed margarita glasses or tiki mugs for a playful twist.

Serving Style:

On the Rocks: This is the classic way to serve a margarita, poured over ice in a chilled glass.

Frozen: Blended margaritas are a refreshing option for a hot day.

Pitcher Party: For a crowd, prepare a large batch of margarita mix in a pitcher and let your guests serve themselves over ice.

The Ice Factor:

Fresh Ice Cubes: Standard for most margaritas, fresh ice cubes provide the perfect chill without diluting the flavors.

Crushed Ice: Blended margaritas demand crushed ice for a smooth and slushy consistency.

Giant Ice Cube: For a slow-melting marvel, use a large, clear ice cube to keep your drink chilled for longer. Pro tip: Freeze a lime wedge or fruit slices inside the ice cube for an extra visual pop!

Garnishes

Citrus Classic: A lime wedge is never a bad call – a simple yet universally loved garnish.

Fruity Flair: Match the fruit in your margarita with a slice (pineapple for Pineapple Margarita, strawberry for Bulldog Margarita).

Herbal Elegance: Fresh herbs like mint, basil, or rosemary add a beautiful and flavorful touch.

Spicy Symphony: Rim the glass with Tajin seasoning or chili powder for a fiery kick.

Sweet & Salty: For a sweet and salty rim, rub the rim with a lime wedge and dip it in a mixture of coarse salt and sugar.

Edible Flowers: Feeling fancy? Add a delicate edible flower for an Instagram-worthy garnish.

The Presentation Polish:

Always pre-chill your glasses for a refreshing first sip. Use fun and festive coasters to add a touch of personality to your drink service.

Coordinate your garnishes and glassware with your party theme for a cohesive look. Set the ambiance with warm lighting, candles, or string lights for a touch of magic. Play some upbeat Mexican music or create a playlist that complements your party atmosphere.

Make a large batch of margarita mix in a pitcher for gatherings. Offer a variety of garnishes and let guests customize their drinks.

Non-alcoholic Options: Have sparkling water, club soda, or fresh lime wedges on hand for guests who prefer a non-alcoholic beverage.

Storage Tips for Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix cocktails

Since most of these margarita recipes are made fresh and meant to be enjoyed right away, storing leftover cocktails isn’t ideal. The flavors and textures can degrade over time. However, here are some tips to minimize waste and store leftover margaritas in the best way possible, if needed:

Short-term storage (1-2 days): If you only have a leftover drink or two, strain them into a clean, airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. The key is to minimize air exposure, which can affect the taste. These margaritas are best consumed within 1-2 days.

Freezing leftover citrus juice: If you have leftover fresh-squeezed citrus juice (lime, orange, etc.) from making your margaritas, you can freeze it in ice cube trays for future use. This is a great way to avoid waste and have fresh citrus on hand for future cocktails.

Fruity margarita components: If your margarita recipe has leftover muddled fruit (like pineapple or strawberries), you can freeze them in portions for smoothies or use them in baking recipes later.

If you’re unsure how much you’ll drink, consider making a smaller batch of margarita to avoid leftovers altogether.

If a recipe calls for fresh ingredients you won’t use entirely (like half a jalapeno), plan other meals or drinks that can utilize those leftovers to minimize waste.

Conclusion

Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix offers a delicious and versatile base for creating a variety of refreshing and flavorful margaritas. With its pre-mixed sweet and tart flavor profile, it simplifies the cocktail-making process without sacrificing taste.

These recipes provide a starting point for exploration, and with a little creativity, you can craft your own signature skinny margarita cocktails to enjoy all summer long.

So, have you tried any of these delicious Taffer’s Skinny Margarita Mix recipes? We’d love to see your creations! Snap a photo of your favorite margarita and tag your thirstpals on Instagram or Facebook using #TafferSkinnyMargarita for a chance to be featured. Cheers!

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