Margarita Mocktail

Fresh Virgin Margarita

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 drink
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
109 Calories
0g Fat
31g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 109
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 588mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 68mg 339%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 233mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Skip the tequila and mix up a refreshing margarita mocktail. This nonalcoholic drink features a trio of citrus juices with a bright, lively taste that rivals the original margarita. It's a fantastic option for hot summer days but equally enjoyable year-round, and you can switch this mocktail up in various ways.

Cocktails are traditionally alcoholic drinks, but many people choose not to imbibe at all or like to take a break at times. Whatever the reason, it shouldn't keep you from enjoying a finely crafted beverage. Transforming a favorite like the margarita into a no-proof cocktail is quite simple; you just have to get creative to develop a similar flavor.

To make this virgin margarita recipe, you don't need any bartending skills or hard-to-find ingredients. The drink is stirred in the glass and focuses on the margarita's lime juice, with a hint of lemon and orange to round out the citrusy flavor. Sweetening it with agave nectar gives the drink a tequila-like touch that also counteracts the fruits' tartness. Seltzer or club soda makes it a thirst-quenching beverage, and the salt rim adds excitement to each sip.

While it's great for parties or as a casual afternoon refreshment, the non-alcoholic margarita is also a fantastic dinner drink. The stimulating taste can even bring balance to a meal of heavy or rich foods. Serve it at family barbecues or enjoy it during holiday celebrations. It pairs particularly well with tamales and other Latin American foods.

Ingredients

  • Flaky sea salt, for rimming

  • Lime wedge, for rim and garnish

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from 2 medium limes

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1/2 medium lemon

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice, from 1/2 small orange

  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup seltzer, or club soda, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Fresh Virgin Margarita

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  2. To add the salt rim, wet the rim of a tumbler or double old-fashioned glass by wiping a lime wedge around the edge. Roll the rim in a small dish of flaky sea salt and tap off any excess.

    Rimming a Virgin Margarita Glass With Salt

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  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the lime, lemon, and orange juices along with the agave nectar. Stir well for at least 30 seconds.

    Mixing a Fresh Virgin Margarita

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  4. Top the margarita with seltzer or club soda.

    Mixing a Fresh Virgin Margarita

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  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

    Virgin Margarita With a Lime Wedge

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Tips

  • Fresh-squeezed juices are essential to making the best non-alcoholic margarita. The bottled versions simply don't have the same snappy flavor, and many are sweetened or include other ingredients.
  • The margarita mocktail is also excellent when shaken: Pour the juices and agave nectar into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake for about 10 seconds, then strain into the rimmed glass over fresh ice and add the soda.
  • Coarse kosher or sea salt will also work for the rim. Avoid fine-grain salts, especially table salt.

Recipe Variations

  • The recipe is easy to scale up to make a pitcher of non-alcoholic margaritas. To serve six, for instance, combine 1 1/2 cups of lime juice, 3/4 cup each of lemon and orange juices, and 1/3 cup of agave nectar in a pitcher. Keep the base chilled, then fill the pitcher with ice and top it with 1 1/2 to three cups of soda just before serving.
  • Make a frozen non-alcoholic margarita by blending the citrus juices and agave nectar with 1 cup of crushed ice. You can also top it with soda in the glass.
  • You can replace the lime juice with freshly squeezed limeade or lime cordial. Since both are sweetened, skip the agave nectar or add just a small amount.
  • Substitute the agave nectar with 1/2 tablespoon of maple syrup or 1 1/2 to two tablespoons of simple syrup. Superfine sugar is a good option if you shake the drink because the agitation will help it dissolve; use about two tablespoons.
  • Switch to a fruit-flavored seltzer, a sweeter soda like ginger ale, or go for a drier profile with tonic water.
  • For a non-alcoholic strawberry margarita, muddle two sliced strawberries with the sweetener before building the rest of the drink. Try this in the blender, too.
  • Get a spicy margarita by muddling a few slices of fresh jalapeño pepper with the agave nectar, then finish making the drink. It's a fun option with a chili powder and salt rim.
  • Have fun with the rimming options for a quick flavor twist. Citrus margarita salt is always a hit, as is a blend of Tajin seasoning and salt. Raw sugar adds a deep sweetness that's enjoyable, too.