Alright, let’s start off Dry January with a spirit-free take on a universally-favorite classic cocktail: The non-alcoholic Margarita! This is perfect for holiday celebrations, hot summer days, baby showers, a girls night, and pretty much any event all year round.

Even without traditional alcohol, this Margarita mocktail recipe is a refreshing drink that offers the same tart flavor that the classic Margarita is known for. This is the perfect drink for when you still want the taste of a real Margarita but are skipping the alcohol.

Virgin drink margarita With a wedge of lime and classic salt rim

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We’re making this non-alcoholic version of the classic drink with our homemade non-alcoholic substitute for tequila, our triple sec orange liqueur substitute, and fresh lime juice. No sparkling water, simple syrup, or Margarita mix necessary.

Back up a second– a non-alcoholic substitute for tequila? Heck yeah! There are plenty of craft, zero-proof spirits on market these days, which you can sub in for liquor. One of my personal favorites is Ritual zero-proof tequila, which does a pretty good job replacing the booze but still falls slightly flat.

So today, Chris will show you his own DIY non-alcoholic tequila base, which you can learn to make, too. Because the homemade bases already have some sweetness added, there is no additional syrup as I mentioned before– so it’s kind of like a skinny Margarita in that way, without the booze.

While these are simple ingredients, it does require some work to make your own bases. So if you’re interested in learning more about how to make your own zero-proof tequila substitute– and other non-alcoholic spirit bases– check out our all new “Mastering Mocktails” Mixology Masterclass!

Pouring fresh juice into tin cups of ice for a virgin drink

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Check out the video below to see how Chris makes this zero-proof Margarita, and learn a little more about our DIY non-alcoholic spirits (which use glycerine, an inherently sweet element– hence why you don’t need additional sweeteners) and the trends occurring today in the world of spirit-free cocktails.



If the classic Margarita flavor isn’t your jam, you can mix up your virgin cocktails with fruity flavors.

Try these awesome non-alcoholic options of flavored Margaritas:

  • Add raspberry flavor by muddling fresh (or frozen) raspberries or making a raspberry simple syrup.
  • Give your drink a tangy punch with a splash of orange juice or cranberry juice
  • Make it a blend of watermelon and lime with muddled watermelon or watermelon ice cubes.
  • Make it a frozen drink!


Pouring home margarita mix with citrusy flavor into a glass with salt

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No matter how you make it, you can see that a non-alcoholic cocktail does not have to be boring. So grab this non-alcoholic mocktail Margarita recipe, and let us know in the comments what you think!

Virgin drink margarita With a wedge of lime and classic salt rim

Margarita Mocktail

A tangy non-alcoholic version of the classic Margarita
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  • 2 oz Fresh Non-Alcoholic Tequila Base
  • 0.75 oz Non-Alcoholic Triple Sec Base
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice


  • Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake until chilled.
  • Rim a rocks glass or Margarita glass with kosher salt or Margarita salt, and add fresh ice. 
  • Strain the  into your prepared glass with ice.
  • Garnish with lime wedge. 

About Melanie Tornroth

A former English teacher, Melanie optimistically embraces the struggle that is work-from-home parenthood as the in-house writer for A Bar Above. When not responding to “Mom” and writing articles for ABA, she also runs Goodnickels Photography, loves to cuddle her cats, and is perfecting the art of keeping her pandemic “fermentation babies” alive.