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The best Non-Alcoholic Margarita Recipe

by Lucas Sibué •

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Making a delicious Virgin Margarita is easier than ever with all the great non-alcoholic tequilas available. The Margarita is a true Mexican classic and one of the most popular cocktails in North America today. Making a mocktail or non-alcoholic version of the Margarita is an ideal option for those hot summer days or for serving at your next party. The combination of non-alcoholic tequila, freshly squeezed citrus, and agave syrup creates a delicious and healthy alternative to this beloved cocktail. Enjoy the non-alcoholic Margarita without sacrificing the quality of taste, experience or excitement. You’ll only need a few ingredients to whip up a great Virgin Margarita.

Ingredients for the best non-alcoholic margarita

For your simple and elevated non-alcoholic margarita, you will need:

  • 2 oz Ritual Zero Proof Tequila or one of our favorite non-alcoholic tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz fresh orange juice or 1 oz of a citrus non-alcoholic spirit like Lyre’s Orange Sec or Seedlip Grove 42
  • 1 bar spoon Agave Syrup
  • Kosher Salt for rimming the glass
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Ice cubes for shaking and mixing the non-alcoholic margarita together

    How do you make a Virgin Margarita?

    The process to make a non-alcoholic Margarita is really simple, follow the steps below:

    1. Salt the rim. Use a rocks glass or classic margarita coupe glass. You’ll need two shallow dishes, one filled with fresh lime juice or agave syrup and the other with kosher salt which works great since it is coarser than regular salt. Dip and swirl the rim of your glass in the lime juice (or agave) and then afterward dip and swirl the rim in the salt. Set aside your cup while you make your easy mocktail.

    2. Combine the Ritual Zero Proof Tequila (or other non-alcoholic tequila), fresh lime juice, fresh orange juice (or citrus non-alcoholic spirit) and agave syrup in a shaker. Shake first very aggressively without ice. Shake again very briefly but this time with added ice. This is an important step that will lead to much less dilution in your non-alcoholic margarita.

    3. Fill your salted rim glass with ice and pour & strain the contents from your shaker into the glass.

    4. Garnish with a wedge of lime and serve right away.

    5. Enjoy your delicious non-alcoholic margarita mocktail made with Ritual Zero Proof Tequila.

    ritual tequila alternative

    If you want to level up your non-alcoholic Margarita we highly recommend adding All the Bitter’s non-alcoholic orange bitters to the mix before shaking. Three droppers full of these non-alcoholic bitters will add a lot of complexities. If you’d like a bit of bubbles feel free to top up with a splash of tonic water or club soda.

    Looking for more original variations of the non-alcoholic margarita? We have listed some options down there.

    How to choose Non-Alcoholic Tequila for a Virgin Margarita?

    Choosing the right non-alcoholic tequila for your virgin margarita can be a bit of a challenge considering the variety of different brands and options available. Here are the top brands to consider:

    • Ritual Zero Proof Tequila Alternative: This crowd-pleasing and fan-favorite tequila alternative is spicy & fruity with a smooth and slightly sweet finish. It works fantastic in Margaritas but also in many other non-alcoholic cocktails such as a Paloma. This tequila brings the heat & flavors you’ve come to expect from traditional Tequila.

    Ritual Tequila Alternative
    • Spiritless Jalisco 55: Jalisco 55 closely mimics the taste of traditional Tequila with its zesty citrus aromas, fresh sweet mint, and a hint of cinnamon spice. This non-alcoholic Tequila is reminiscent of a herbaceous reposado-style spirit with a peppery kick on the end.

    Spiritless Jalisco 55
    • Lyre's Agave Blanco: This top-notch tequila alternative is made with all-natural flavors and botanicals, and has a rich, smoky flavor that works well in a virgin margarita. It is one of our personal favorites and will suit you if you are seeking to make the best non-alcoholic margarita.

    Lyre's Agave Blanco Tequila Alternative


      Do you want to know more about non-alcoholic spirits, check out our 2023 guide.

      Twist it up with more virgin margarita options

      The classic Margarita is absolutely delicious and we are now lucky to be able to enjoy it as a non-alcoholic option, but why stop there? Check out some more great variations of the non-alcoholic Margarita below.

      • Virgin Strawberry Margarita: Instead of orange juice or a citrus non-alcoholic spirit you’ll need 3 muddled strawberries and 2 oz of Everleaf Mountain. Add these ingredients to your mix when shaking and switch out the lime garnish for a strawberry slice instead. If you have it available or can make it replace the agave syrup with strawberry simple syrup.

      • Spicy Mango Margarita: In Step 2, add 1 oz of mango juice to the shaker instead of orange juice. Also, add in two muddled coins (slices) of fresh jalapeño when mixing the cocktail in your shaker.

      • Virgin Frozen Margarita: Add an extra oz of non-alcoholic tequila and blend all of the ingredients in a blender with 2 cups of ice. Blend until you’ve got a slushy non-alcoholic margarita perfect for hot summer days!

      That’s everything you need to know on how to make the best virgin margarita ever! By exploring different brands you can find a tequila alternative that works best in your preferred non-alcoholic margarita :) Don’t be afraid to play with ratios and experiment with different recipes like margarita mazcal, and be sure to let us know how it turns out. Cheers!

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