A virgin margarita recipe is a refreshing drink that tastes like the original without alcohol. It’s perfect for kids, pregnant people, or anyone who doesn’t want to drink. It uses fresh citrus juice and agave nectar and is topped with sparkling water. You can serve it frozen or on the rocks.
1. Fresh lime juice
The most essential ingredient in any virgin margarita recipe is lime juice. You want to use fresh squeezed for the best possible flavor. While squeezing your limes may seem like a hassle, it will ultimately pay off big time. The tart, sour lime juice sets the tone for all of the other ingredients in this recipe.
You’ll also need agave nectar to sweeten the drink and some sparkling water for a bit of enthusiasm. You can use whatever kind of sparkling water you prefer. This margarita without booze is the perfect refresher to sip poolside, at a backyard barbecue, or during your Cinco de Mayo festivities.
And it’s the perfect non-alcoholic drink to bring to your next party. Zero booze means you can still enjoy the deliciousness of this Mexican classic, but you’ll be able to drive safely and fulfill your responsibilities throughout the weekend.
2. Agave Nectar
The classic margarita flavors include lime juice, tequila/agave, and orange liquor. But, when omitting alcohol, you must find another way to add sweetness. Bartenders often recommend using agave nectar, which has a sweeter flavor than simple syrup. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener made from the blue agave plant. Instead of table sugar, it is used in beverages, sauces, marinades, and baking.
It is one-and-a-half times sweeter than sugar, so you need to use less when substituting in recipes. It contains fructose, which has been linked to higher levels of blood fats like triglycerides and an increased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
However, agave syrup has a lower glycemic index than plain sugar and contains small amounts of calcium, potassium, and magnesium. This makes it a healthy choice for individuals managing their blood sugar.
A traditional margarita recipe calls for tequila and orange liqueur, which can be mixed with lime juice and served over ice. The drink is traditionally garnished with a salt or sugar rim (and sometimes both) and served in a glass. Using non-alcoholic tequila can make a fantastic margarita mocktail without sacrificing taste or experience! In addition to agave nectar, you can use various other non-alcoholic ingredients to add different flavors to your margarita. Some favorites include strawberry and mango.
You can swap the orange juice for another 100% fruit juice like cranberry or grapefruit. Try a different rim – we like mixing Tajin with salt for a spicy rim or turbinado sugar for a sweeter drink.
These drinks are great for summer when you want a refreshing and delicious cocktail but don’t need all the alcohol. Or if you’re the designated driver at a house party or have other responsibilities that require you to stay sober, these cocktails are a great option. Try them frozen or on the rocks, and remember to top them with a lime slice for the perfect finish.
4. Orange Juice
A margarita is a delicious drink made with tart citrus juice and sweetener in a glass rimmed with salt. It typically includes tequila, but you can also get a tremendous non-alcoholic version by pushing it aside and adding orange juice. This refreshing, ice-cold mocktail recipe will be sure to please those who aren’t into alcohol for any number of reasons.
It’s just as easy to shake up this booze-free drink as it is to make a margarita with tequila, and it’s perfect for a pool party, a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, or any other summertime occasion. You can easily double or triple this recipe to make a pitcher and serve it at parties, for your kids when they want a cool, fruity drink, or to have on hand for when you’re craving something light and refreshing but don’t need the calories of an alcoholic cocktail. Enjoy!
5. Sparkling Water
Some people choose not to drink alcohol for many reasons. It may be a lifestyle choice, or they have essential responsibilities on weekends that don’t allow drinking and driving or having a clear head when fulfilling tasks. But sometimes you want a refreshing drink to help you get through your weekend. A margarita is an easy cocktail to make and can be enjoyed in a glass rimmed with salt or sugar. For a less sour and more balanced margarita, consider adding a hint of orange juice to counteract the lime’s acidity and the sweetness of agave or tequila.
You can experiment with different fruits like strawberries, mango, or watermelon to create a tasty mocktail. To elevate your drink, sprinkle a bit of tajin on the rim of your glass. This straightforward recipe is quick to make and calls for readily available ingredients at your local grocery store.