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All the fun and flavor of a margarita with none of the booze. This virgin margarita is great for anyone who prefers this cocktail zero-proof, and it was a favorite of mine every time I was pregnant!

A salt-rimmed glass of virgin margarita garnished with a lime coin in front of 2 other glasses of margaritas.

🍹 What Makes This Recipe So Good

  • All of the goodness of a traditional margarita with none of the alcohol! A virgin margarita is a great option for non-drinkers, whether you have a few party attendees who prefer their drinks sans-alcohol, or you yourself aren’t imbibing but still want that cool and refreshing beverage. You could even share it with your not-yet-legal kiddos who want their own “fancy drink” like mom or dad.
  • A margarita mocktail has everything you love about classic margaritas, right down to the salted rim. Tart and tangy lime with a hint of orange, a touch of sweetness, and a little bubbly. It’s easy to make and not overly sweet or syrupy, which isn’t always the case with zero-proof alternatives. You can build on this recipe, too, to recreate any of your favorite marg variations – spicy, frozen, strawberry, whatever!
  • This drink is made from scratch with 4 super simple ingredients, no premade margarita mix required. Because of that, it’s naturally low-calorie and low in sugar. I do include the option to add zero-proof tequila if you have it and want to use it, but it’s absolutely not necessary.

👩🏼‍🍳 Chef’s Tips

  • Use freshly squeezed lime juice, not the shelf-stable stuff you can buy at the store. Fresh lime juice has a much better flavor, and in a drink like this when you’re only using 4 ingredients, you want to use the best of each one.
  • The sparkling water in this virgin margarita recipe replaces the tequila used in traditional margs. You can use any brand and any variety of sparkling water (or tonic water, or club soda) that you like. I opted for an unflavored water, but you could use lime, watermelon, or even grapefruit water to give your margarita a little twist.
  • If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, that’s totally fine. You can mix up your margarita in a glass instead! I recommend making it in a different glass than you’ll serve it in, if you plan to rim the serving glass with salt or sugar. If not, making the drink in the serving glass is totally fine.
A salt-rimmed glass of virgin margarita garnished with a lime coin in front of 2 other glasses of margaritas.

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Recipe By: Cheryl Malik

Virgin Margarita Recipe (Non-Alcoholic Margarita)

Prep 5 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 5 minutes
All the fun and flavor of a bright and refreshing margarita with none of the booze!
1 margarita


  • small shallow bowl or small plate
  • serving glass
  • Cocktail shaker


For the Virgin Margarita

  • 1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange juice
  • ¼ ounce agave nectar see Notes
  • 1 ½ ounces sparkling water or 1 ½ ounces zero-proof tequila
  • ½ ounce zero-proof tequila like Ritual, optional
  • ice as desired

Serving Suggestions (All Optional)

  • course salt or sugar, or tajin; to rim glass
  • lime wedge to rim glass
  • ice as desired
  • lime coin or lime wedge, to garnish


To Rim Glass (Optional)

  • Add salt, sugar, or tajin to shallow bowl or plate.
  • Cut small slit across center of lime wedge. Fit slit in lime wedge on rim of glass, then run lime wedge around rim, wetting glass. Remove lime wedge and discard.
  • Invert glass and dip wet edge directly into shallow bowl. Twist, tilt, or roll glass to coat rim completely in salt, sugar, or tajin.
  • Set glass upright and add ice as desired.

For the Virgin Margarita

  • Add 1 ½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, ½ ounce orange juice, ¼ ounce agave nectar, 1 ½ ounces sparkling water, and ½ ounce zero-proof tequila (optional) to cocktail shaker. Add ice as desired then close shaker and shake well.
  • Strain shaken margarita into prepared glass and discard ice from shaker. Garnish margarita with lime coin or lime wedge and serve.
  • Agave Nectar: Use a generous ¼ ounce – meaning slightly more than ¼ ounce, but as much as ½ ounce. You can also use simple syrup, honey, or maple syrup if you don’t have agave nectar.
  • Pitcher Drinks: This recipe is written to yield one prepared virgin margarita. To scale this up for a pitcher of margaritas, use the servings adjustor at the top of the recipe card to increase the number of margaritas as desired. Instead of using a cocktail shaker, add all margarita ingredients to a pitcher and stir well until fully combined.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1margaritaCalories: 39calProtein: 0.3gFat: 0.1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 79mgTotal Carbs: 10gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 7gNet Carbs: 10gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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