This Jalapeño Margarita Mocktail is made with lime juice, grapefruit juice, jalapeño simple syrup, and Tajin.
This is such an appetizing mocktail for those of you who drink less or participating in “dry January.” It is so refreshing and is meant to be sipped in the sun. It is currently 18°F here in New York, so I will just be imagining being on a beach under the sun! The jalapeno simple syrup gives the drink a nice kick.
What you will need
Limes: Use fresh limes instead of store bought lime juice for best quality and flavor. I love using my lime squeezer to quickly get the juice out.
Grapefruit: Use fresh grapefruits or pure grapefruit juice (not from concentrate) for this drink.
Sparkling water: You can use Perrier or Pellegrino for the sparkling water.
Jalapeño: The jalapeños is added into the pot when making the simple syrup. It is there to give it a nice kick. Feel free to substitute with a serrano pepper or even a poblano pepper if you prefer.
How to make Margarita Mocktail
Make the jalapeño Simple Syrup. Combine the water and sugar into a small pot and add a whole jalapeño pepper. On low heat simmer until the sugar completely dissolves and immediately remove from heat. Let cool and transfer to a lidded jar. Refrigerate until ready to use, syrup lasts 1 week. Leave the jalapeño in there to keep that spicy taste!
From this simple syrup, use 3 tablespoons. Pour the syrup in a shaker along with lime juice, grapefruit juice and ice - shake well. Rim a fresh glass with lime and salt. Strain into the rimmed glass with fresh ice. Add the difference of liquid with sparkling water.