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The Best Margarita Without Alcohol

This margarita without alcohol is amazing! This margarita is made with lime juice, jalapeno cilantro syrup, tonic, and zero alcohol.

There are 101 good reasons not to drink alcohol. Right now, I am avoiding alcohol for several reasons, including my physical and mental health, 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 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 a non-alcoholic option for some of our friends. And I started googling.

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

Here’s where we are now:

  • Lime juice
  • Jalapeno cilantro syrup – to add heat and fresh herbaceous flavors
  • Tonic water for depth and bitterness
  • Tajin rims – for texture and saltiness as well as a quick punch of heat


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.

For the Jalapeno-Cilantro Simple Syrup,

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

For Tajin Rim:

  •  One teaspoon Tajin (affiliate link)
  •  Half a teaspoon ааааа олодар
  •  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 small pitcher or jar in the refrigerator for several weeks. This is a great ingredient to have on hand for quick, fun, and easy drinks!
  2. To make the Tajin rim, mix the sugar, salt, and Tajin in a small dish. Brush some lime juice or simple sugar on the edge or side of 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 mirror and gently stir with a spoon. You can use a shaker to mix or pour everything in. Enjoy your moment.

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