Margarita Mocktail Recipe: A Refreshing Lemon Lime Spritz

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A refreshing margarita mocktail recipe served on the rocks! This drink is made with fresh lime juice and lemon juice, giving it a delicious and refreshing flavor. It also has a touch of sparkling water, which provides it with some light carbonation. And the best part? The salted rim makes it taste just like a margarita without the alcohol!

If you’re looking for something light and refreshing to sip with a similar flavor to a margarita, this is your drink! Also, try my creamy lemon mocktail recipe.

Margarita mocktail on a marble table with a green napkin.

You will truly enjoy how delicious, light, and easy this is to make. It also has the perfect balance of citrus and sweetness. I created this recipe to be a lemon-lime spitz, but as soon as we tasted it with the salted rim, we all screamed, it tasted like a margarita! So, the margarita mocktail it became! It’s a fun drink that I know you’ll love!

Mocktails are a great option for any who are avoiding alcohol for any reason or even designated drivers. They can be lighter and more refreshing than cocktails, making them an excellent choice for sipping any time of the year.

So if you’re looking for a refreshing non-alcoholic option for a drink, this recipe is perfect!

straining a lemon lime drink into a glass.

How to Make a Margarita Mocktail

This is an easy drink to make. Here’s everything you’ll need to make this mocktail. The full recipe is in the recipe card below:

Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

Lemon Juice – Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor.

Lime Juice – Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the freshest flavor.

Simple Syrup – A liquid sweetener that is made by simmering equal parts sugar and water.

Carbonated Water – We add a little club soda or topo chico to give it some bubbles and to dilute the juice.

Coarse Salt – A salted rim is a must for getting that margarita flavor! Use coarse salt or pink salt.

Mocktail margarita with a lime wheel.

Tips for Making the Best Drink

For the best flavor, fresh juices are a must! Using fresh citrus will add much more flavor and freshness to the drink.

Make a different flavor of simple syrup for a fun twist.

Use orange juice instead of lemon juice to give it more of an orange flavor.

Use a flavored seltzer like lemon or lime.

Instead of simple syrup, sweeten this drink with agave nectar.

If you want the aromas and the depth of flavor in tequila, add in 1 ounce of Ritual Tequila Alternative.

A margarita glass dipped upside down in pink salt.

How to Make A Classic Salt Rim

A salted rim is a must for this margarita mocktail! It’s what gives it that delicious margarita flavor.

To make a salted rim, simply run a lime wedge around the edge of your glass. Then dip the rim of your glass into a plate of coarse salt or pink salt.

And that’s it! Now you have the perfect margarita mocktail to enjoy!

Margarita Salt

Margarita salt is a type of coarse salt that is used to rim Margarita glasses. It’s usually clear or white in color but you can also find it infused with other ingredients like chili-lime salt. The salt adds flavor and texture to the drink.

You can find it at grocery stores or specialty liquor stores. I also love to buy it at Williams Sonoma as they have great flavors and it comes in a flat round tin that’s perfect for dipping your glass!

Mocktail Garnishes

Adding a garnish to your mocktail is optional, but it does make it look pretty! Here are some ideas:

Dehydrated Lime Wheel – I make these for my cocktails. It’s the same process that I do when dehydrating oranges.

Lime Wedge – A fresh lime wedge or wheel looks beautiful in a cocktail.

Fresh Mint Leaves – If you have fresh herbs use them, I love the way mint smells with every sip.

Lemon lime spritz with lime slice.

When to Serve a Margarita Mocktail

This mocktail is perfect for any time of day! Serve it as a refreshing drink on a hot summer day, or enjoy it as a light cocktail alternative.

It’s also a great non-alcoholic option for Margarita Monday! Here are some fun occasions to serve this lime drink:

  • Summer Gatherings
  • Happy Hour
  • Holiday Gatherings

More Virgin Cocktails You’ll Love

Here are more non-alcoholic cocktail recipes that you can try:

Dehydrated lemon on a drink.

Let us know what you think!

Whether you’re calling it a margarita mocktail or a lemon-lime spritz, I know you’re going to enjoy this super refreshing drink! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below!

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Margarita mocktail on a marble table with a green napkin.

Margarita Mocktail – A Refreshing Lemon Lime Drink

This an easy margarita mocktail recipe that is perfect to sip any time of the year.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 mocktail
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • salted rim

Instructions

  • Salt the rim of the glass.
    A margarita glass dipped upside down in pink salt.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Pour in the lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain into the rimmed glass filled with ice.
    straining a mocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  • Top with soda water.
    pouring club soda into a glass filled with fresh juice.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.
    Margarita mocktail on a marble table with a green napkin.

Notes

Use agave syrup instead of simple syrup. 
Shake for 20 seconds. 
Add in orange juice instead of lemon. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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