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Margarita Mocktail Recipe

  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x


This Margarita Mocktail Recipe with Grapefruit is made with lime juice, grapefruit juice, jalapeño simple syrup, and Tajin.


  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Juice from 1/2 grapefruit
  • Sparkling water, as needed
  • Salt or Tajin, for rimming

Jalapeño simple syrup (3 tablespoons)

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeno


  1. 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!
  2. From this simple syrup, use 3 tablespoons. Pour the syrup in a shaker along with lime juice, grapefruit juice and ice - shake well.
  3. Rim a fresh glass with lime and salt. Strain into the rimmed glass with fresh ice. Add the difference of liquid with sparkling water.


  • Use fresh ingredients: Always use fresh lime and grapefruit juice for the best taste. Avoid using bottled juices, as they can be too sweet and lack the tartness of fresh citrus.
  • Rim the glass with salt: Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip the rim into a small dish of salt to create the classic salt rim.
  • Don't overdo the sweetener: Be careful not to add too much sweetener, as it can overpower the tartness of the citrus. Start with a small amount, then adjust to taste.
  • Use good quality ice: Use fresh, clean ice to chill your Margarita Mocktail. Old or dirty ice can affect the taste of the drink.
  • Add a splash of soda water or ginger ale: If you prefer a fizzy Margarita Mocktail, add a splash of soda water or ginger ale before serving.
  • Use a cocktail shaker: To create a frothy texture, use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients together. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to get the right consistency.
  • Garnish with fresh fruit: For an extra burst of flavor and color, garnish your Margarita Mocktail with a slice of fresh lime, orange, or other fruits, such as mango or watermelon.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 66kcal
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Carbohydrates: 17g
  • Protein: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 16mg