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 gives it 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, that has a similar flavor to a margarita then this is your drink!
You will truly enjoy how delicious, light and easy this is to make. It also has the perfect balance of citrus and sweetness. I originally created this recipe to be a lemon-lime spitz, but as soon as we tasted it, with the salted rim we all screamed, it taste like a margarita! So 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 a great 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!
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:
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.
Coarse Salt – A salted rim is a must for getting that margarita flavor! Use coarse salt or pink salt.
- Rim the edge of the glass with salt.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Pour the lemon juice, lime juice, and simple syrup into the shaker and shake for 20 seconds.
- Strain into a short glass, filled with ice.
- Top with soda water and garnish with a lime.
- If you want to add even more sweetness, top it with tonic water.
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.
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 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!
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.
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
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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!
Margarita Mocktail – A Refreshing Lemon Lime Drink
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 3 ounces club soda
- salted rim
- Salt the rim of the glass.
- 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.
- Top with soda water.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.