The Margarita With the Highest Calories

by Erin Beck ; Updated April 13, 2018

The margarita is a drink consisting of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Some people substitute lemon juice for lime juice. The rim of the cocktail glass is dipped in salt. The drink is served either frozen or "on the rocks," with ice.

Frozen, fruit-flavored margaritas tend to have more calories because they contain some kind of fruit or juice, though margarita mixes are even more substantial in calories due to their high sugar content. Keep alcohol intake moderate to prevent adverse health effects, such as accidental injury, cardiovascular disease or liver disease.

Calories

A 12-ounce margarita made from margarita mix has anywhere from 240 to 330 calories, while a regular margarita will have about 235 calories, according to LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate.

Any fruit or fruit juice added to this will add on the calories, so be aware when ordering out or making your own margarita at home.

Carbohydrates

That 12-ounce margarita made from margarita mix contains anywhere from 54 to 81 grams of carbohydrates. A margarita made without a mix has only about 32 grams of carbohydrates.

Sugar

The sugar content in margarita mix-made margaritas is substantial. A 12-ounce margarita made from margarita mix contains anywhere from 72 to 100 grams of sugar — and that's before adding the tequila. Compare this to a margarita without a mix that contains just over 31 grams of sugar.

The American Heart Association recommends that no more than 25 grams of sugar is consumed by women daily, equating to six teaspoons; for men, this number jumps a little higher to 38 grams of sugar, or nine teaspoons. This being the case, if you're hankering for a margarita, consider a smaller serving size than a 12-ounce portion.

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About the Author

Erin Beck began writing professionally in 2008 as an opinion columnist for the West Virginia University student newspaper, "The Daily Athenaeum." She has worked in health promotion at the university and as a communications intern at the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Master of Public Health, both from West Virginia University.