Trade the tequila and orange liqueur for fresh fruit juices and a lime wedge. You can enjoy all the crisp, refreshing taste of a margarita without any of the alcohol.
- 24 ounces liquid margarita mix
- 8 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 to 3 cups orange juice
- 7 to 8 tablespoons coarse salt or sugar
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 4 8-ounce glasses
Step 1: Prep the Glass
Make a cut through the flesh of the lime wedges and run one wedge all the way around each glass to make it sticky. Dip the rim of each glass into the sugar or salt and turn the glass until the entire rim is coated as thickly as you desire.
Although both sugar and salt are popular for making margaritas, salt tends to better balance the natural sweetness of the fruit juices and margarita mix.
Step 2: Combine the Ingredients
Fill the pitcher with ice cubes and pour in the margarita mix, lime juice and orange juice. Stir gently to mix the flavors thoroughly.
Use fresh-squeezed lime juice if possible. Bottled lime juice has a higher concentration of sugar and can make your drink unpleasantly sweet.
Step 3: Pour and Garnish the Drink
Pour the mixture into your glass and flag each drink with its lime wedge.
- To make a frozen nonalcoholic margarita, combine the mix, fruit juices and ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Substitute chopped strawberries and orange juice for margarita mix to make a frozen nonalcoholic strawberry margarita.
- Mimic the "burn" of alcohol in your virgin margaritas by adding in a tablespoon or so of fresh ginger juice or ginger syrup. The ginger provides a close approximation of the sting-like taste of alcohol. This effect is more pronounced when ginger syrup is used.