The Best Margarita Without Alcohol

Lindsay’s Notes

My favorite non-alcoholic Margarita!

There are 101 good reasons not to drink alcohol. Right now, I am a person who is avoiding alcohol for many reasons, including my own health and mental well-being, as well as the fact that we have young children at home. In this season of reduced drinking, I have realized how much better it is to have a good, fun, well Margarita that’s more than just juice and alcohol.

This is what I do now. I do this multiple times per week. I always have my simple syrup and lime juice on hand.

We were hosting friends for the Super Bowl and wanted to provide some of our friends with a non-alcoholic option. And I started googling.

Many recipes for non-alcoholic margaritas I found online rely heavily on juices and sparkling waters. While they may taste good, the flavors don’t have the signature bitterness or anything else to make the mouth light up and compensate for the absence of alcohol. I wanted to make something more memorable and fun than lime and orange juice mixed with sparkling water.

No alcohol, three ingredients, and one thrilled mom.

This drink is my official Drink of Summer for 2023.


One Non-Alcoholic Margarita:

  •  1.5 Ounces Lime juice (about 3-4 limes)
  •  2 Ounces jalapeno cilantro simple syrup
  •  Tonic Water Taste Please read the following notes about subs during pregnancy.

Simple Jalapeno Cilantro Syrup:

  •  2 Water
  •  2 Granulated sugar
  •  1 Small bunch of cilantro (leaves and stems)
  •  1 Jalapeno Sliced into chunks

For Tajin Rim:

  •  One teaspoon Tajin 
  •  Half a teaspoon 
  •  One teaspoon Sugar


    1. To prepare the simple syrup, bring the sugar, water, and cilantro to a simmer in a small pan for 5 minutes. The sugar should dissolve, and the flavors of cilantro and jalapeno should be infused into the liquid. The syrup can be stored in a minor pitcher or jar in the refrigerator for a few weeks. This is a great ingredient to have on hand for quick, easy, and fun drinks!
    2. To make the Tajin rim, mix the sugar, salt, and Tajin together in a small dish. Brush some lime juice or simple sugar on the side of or rim the glass, and then immediately dip the glass into the Tajin mix so that it sticks. Beautiful!
    3. Add a few cubes of ice to the glass. I use about 1.5 ounces of lime juice, two ounces of simple syrup, and tonic water for each marg. Pour all the ingredients into the glass and gently stir with a spoon. You can use a shaker to mix or pour everything in. Enjoy your moment.

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