Simple Healthy Rosemary Margarita

  • Author: Dietitian Debbie
  • Prep Time: 10 Min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Drink, Cocktail
  • Method: Stove-top
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Beverage, Cocktail


Whip up a few of these simple healthy rosemary margaritas for Cinco de Mayo this year! Easy to make and lower in sugar than a margarita made with a store-bought mix. 


Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 12 sprigs fresh rosemary

For the Margarita:

  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 3 oz. silver tequila
  • 2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Ice
  • Margarita salt
  • Club soda or flavored water (I used lime LaCroix)


  1. Add water and sugar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved and turn off heat. Set aside and add the rosemary. Let rosemary steep for 1 hour. 
  2. Rub squeezed lime over rim of glasses and roll in margarita salt. Set aside. 
  3. To make the margaritas, add 2 teaspoons of the simple syrup, lemon and lime juices (~4 oz), tequila, Grand Marnier, 1 sprig fresh rosemary, and a couple of ice cubes to a shaker. Cover shaker with lid and shake vigorously to combine. 
  4. Add crushed ice to 2 glasses and evenly divide margarita between them. Top with club soda/flavored water and garnish with sliced lime and fresh rosemary.


Nutrition information for these margaritas is estimated as liquors are not required to have nutrition facts labels.  Feel free to use less simple syrup per cocktail if you want to decrease the sugar content even more. (I sometimes skip it entirely since the Grand Marnier is a little sweet!)


  • Serving Size: 1/2 Recipe
  • Calories: 132 kcals
  • Sugar: 8 grams
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg