In just a few simple steps, you can create a refreshing Margarita Mocktail that delivers all the zing and zest of a classic margarita without the alcohol.
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The BEST Mocktail Margaritas
I wish I could go back in time so I could bring this recipe back and give it to me years ago because it honestly has been missing from my life for much to long. I think I would have killed for this recipe during my pregnancies...
The development of these margarita mocktails happened this last summer when I found a cookbook suggesting to use vinegar as a substitute in drinks. Yes that's right, vinegar!
Well my mom, sister, and I tried it. I was hooked! It works so well!!
So many margarita mocktails are just a bunch of citrus juices mixed together with some soda water... not this one!!
At the base there is of course lime juice, the drink then gets filled out with coconut water. That's right the subtle sweet and healthy coconut water actually is the bulk of this drink.
Next comes the two main flavorings agave nectar and apple cider vinegar.
Tequila which we are trying to replace is made with agave so we are going to use it to help flavor and sweeten the mocktail.
But what about the bite from the alcohol? That is where the apple cider vinegar comes in. Now before you freak out don't worry it isn't that much. We are talking like 1 ½ teaspoons. Just enough to give it that zip that the alcohol generally would give to a drink.
And that is it, really! It is only 4 super simple ingredients! Of course if you are feeling extra you can add a salt rim which gives it a more authentic vibe but it isn't required at all.
The best part is that this is not only a non-alcoholic drink but it is good for you too! The fruit juice filled with antioxidants and vitamin C. The coconut water is filled with electrolytes! Honestly this recipe isn't too far off from some of those homemade electrolyte drinks!
I am so excited for you to try this!
- Cocktail shaker
- Margarita or rocks glasses
- Citrus juicer
- Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice - You will need at least 2 limes, usually about one and a half provides enough lime juice. Plus you will want a little for garnishing
- Coconut Water - Keep this unsweetened for the best results (most varieties are unsweetened). If you are feeling creative you could use a flavored coconut water to mix up your drink.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - For health benefits stick with a brand that includes 'the mother'.
- Agave Nectar - You can usually find agave nectar at the grocery store either by the syrups or the sugars.
- Salt (optional) - for rimming the glass.
Optional: If you'd like to add a salty rim to your Margarita Mocktail, take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of the margarita glass. Then, gently dip the rim into a shallow plate of salt to coat it.
Fill the glass with ice and set it aside to chill.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice, freshly squeezed lime juice, coconut water, apple cider vinegar, and agave nectar. Shake the mixture vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
Carefully pour the Margarita Mocktail into the chilled glass, over the ice. Finish off your mocktail with a slice of lime. Enjoy!
Tips, Tricks and Questions
Can I make this ahead of time for a party?
Yes, you can make this ahead of time for a party. Simply prepare the mocktail mixture and keep it in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve. I would advise to not prep it overnight, sitting that long might cause the lime juice to go sour.
How can I adjust the sweetness or tartness of the mocktail?
To adjust the sweetness or tartness, you can modify the amount of agave nectar and apple cider vinegar to suit your taste. If the vinegar makes you nervous start with a little less and add more if needed, same goes for the sweetness levels with the agave nectar.
What are some good mocktail garnish options?
Of course lime! Some other good mocktail garnish options include fresh fruit slices, herbs like mint or basil, or even a colorful cocktail umbrella for a festive touch.
Can I make a large batch of this mocktail for a crowd?
For a crowd, scale up the recipe and prepare a large batch in advance. Use a pitcher for easy serving.
Don't have a cocktail shaker?
Use any type of jar with a lid instead!
If you like Margarita Mocktail you might also like:
- Apple Ginger Fizz Mocktail
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¾ cup coconut water
- 1 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Lime slices, for garnish
- Salt (optional) for rimming the glass
- Optional: If you'd like to add a salty rim to your Margarita Mocktail, take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of the margarita glass. Then, gently dip the rim into a shallow plate of salt to coat it.
- Fill the glass with ice and set it aside to chill.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice, freshly squeezed lime juice, coconut water, apple cider vinegar, and agave nectar. Shake the mixture vigorously to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.
- Carefully pour the Margarita Mocktail into the chilled glass, over the ice. Finish off your mocktail with a slice of lime. Enjoy!
Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g
Nutritional data is automated and might not be 100% accurate, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.