How to Make a Refreshing Nonalcoholic Drink

Making a nonalcoholic Margarita at home is as easy as shaking up one with tequila. You can find all the ingredients you need at your local grocery store.

Lime Juice

The ultimate virgin margarita is perfect for kids, pregnant people, or anyone who wants to avoid alcohol but still enjoy a refreshing drink. This nonalcoholic version of a Margarita is surprisingly delicious and easy to make. Just shake up a handful of ingredients and strain them into a glass!

This virgin margarita recipe uses lime juice instead of tequila, which is excellent for anyone who wants to avoid alcohol but still wants the refreshing taste of a margarita. The lime flavor is balanced with agave nectar, which adds sweetness without overpowering the citrusy taste of the lime juice.

Using a lime wedge to rim your glass helps add flavor and makes it look pretty. For a drier profile, you can skip the agave and replace it with plain sugar or a little fruit-flavored seltzer or tonic water.

For a fruitier option, try adding mango to your margarita. This nonalcoholic version is sweet, juicy, and perfect for summer!

Orange Juice

Margaritas are a staple when serving up chips and salsa, but sometimes you want the refreshing citrus flavor of this classic cocktail without the alcohol. Whether you’re trying to cut back on drinking, are pregnant, or prefer a nonalcoholic drink, this simple margarita recipe is a surefire winner.

The addition of orange juice softens the tartness of the lime juice and adds an extra layer of sweetness to this Mocktail. Then, agave nectar balances out the citrus flavors, and seltzer or club soda adds a thirst-quenching kick.

This easy recipe is an excellent choice for a quick at-home happy hour with friends or to make ahead for your next Taco Tuesday party; or, double or triple the batch and serve it poolside on a warm summer day.

To serve:

  1. Wet a glass rim with water and dip it into a salt dish.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, then top it with the citrus juice and sparkling water.
  3. Garnish with a slice of lime or orange, and enjoy!

Agave Nectar

Agave syrup, also known as agave nectar, is a natural sweetener made from the sap of the agave plant (Agave salmiana or Agave tequilana). It is vegan and has a lower glycemic index than table sugar and molasses.

It adds sweetness without additional calories and is an excellent replacement for recipes calling for corn syrup or other high-glycemic sugars. When making a cocktail, agave nectar is usually mixed in equal parts with lime juice or water.

For this nonalcoholic margarita, we will add a splash of orange juice, too. It helps cut the sourness of the fresh or bottled lime juice and complements the agave.

This recipe uses fresh ingredients and a no/low sugar mixer, so the sugar content of this drink is minimal. It’s the perfect drink to sip on a Friday after a long day when you must head straight to the gym or start your weekend chores and responsibilities! And it’s the best choice if you bring little ones to happy hour. 

Sparkling Water

Using sparkling water makes your virgin margarita feel a bit more grown up and adds a little extra fizz. 

To make this simple, tasty Mocktail, combine the citrus juices, agave nectar, and a splash of water in a glass. Stir everything together, then top with a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy!

This refreshing, agave-sweetened beverage tastes like an authentic margarita with no alcohol. It’s an excellent drink for designated drivers, those participating in Dry January, or anyone who wants to avoid drinking alcohol. Plus, it’s safe for kids and pregnant people to enjoy! This easy, 5-ingredient nonalcoholic margarita is tangy and sweet, with a hint of orange and lime and a touch of agave to balance the citrus flavors. It’s so simple to make and a perfect addition to any party! Using a cocktail shaker, shake the citrus juices, agave syrup, and water in a large glass with ice. Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.


Plenty of nonalcoholic spirits have been designed to mimic the flavors of different alcoholic beverages. They can be added to drinks for a more authentic-tasting mocktail or to create an alcohol-free cocktail with the right balance of tart and sweet without the buzz.

Rely on real citrus juice and agave nectar to create the classic margarita flavor for this nonalcoholic recipe. Also, use a splash of orange juice to add brightness and cut the lime juice’s sourness. Adding a little pickle juice is optional, but it does add a briny, tequila-esque funk to this margarita mocktail that makes it more than just a fruity lemon-lime soda!

This five-minute margarita Mocktail is refreshing, easy to make, and has all the fun flavor of a traditional margarita. It’s perfect for those designated drivers following a Dry January or Sober October or anyone who wants to sip on something tasty and refreshing that doesn’t involve alcohol! Enjoy this margarita mocktail with chips and salsa for the perfect happy hour snack.