How to Make a Virgin Margarita

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How to Make a Virgin Margarita
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Margaritas are a popular cocktail around the world. However, you can also make a delicious virgin margarita without the alcohol. Use this easy method to make gourmet-style virgin margaritas that will be the hit of any alcohol-free party. Or, serve it alongside alcoholic drinks as an alternative for designated drivers. This recipe yields approximately eight servings.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Sugar
  • Small saucepan
  • Lime zest
  • Lemon zest
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Orange juice
  • Agave syrup
  • Drink pitcher
  • Small, rimmed plate
  • Margarita glasses
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Combine ½ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add two tablespoons each lime zest and lemon zest.

  2. 2

    Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove it from the heat and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. You should have a semi-thick syrup consistency.

  3. 3

    Combine the lemon-lime syrup with 1 ½ cups lime juice, ½ cup lemon juice, 4 cups orange juice, and ¼ cup agave syrup in a drink pitcher. Place the entire container in the refrigerator and allow the virgin margarita mixture to chill thoroughly, for at least 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Combine 1 teaspoon lime zest with 2 teaspoons salt on a small, rimmed plate. Mix the lime salt well. Rub the rim of each margarita glass with a lime wedge to moisten. Dip the rims into the lime salt.

  5. 5

    Add a few ice cubes to each of the salt rimmed glass. Pour the margarita mixture into the glasses. Garnish it with lime wedges and serve the margarita immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • Bottled lemon or lime juice can be substituted for fresh, if necessary.
  • Use fresh orange juice, if available.
  • For a sweeter drink, replace the salt used to rim the glasses with sugar.

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