The days of overly sweet "virgin margaritas" from the chain Mexican place down the street are over. Let the kids have those! With incredible non-alcoholic tequila alternatives available today from producers like Ritual Zero Proof and Spiritless (and many more, see the notes below the recipe for suggestions), those choosing not to drink can enjoy a truly satisfying, adult non-alcoholic margarita, with all the same bite and zip of the original.
Our preferred margarita recipe is a slight variation on Tommy’s Margarita, a version of the drink created in the early 90s in San Francisco at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant. Bartender Julio Bermejo decided to drop the traditional triple sec from the recipe and to use agave nectar, made from the same plant as tequila, instead of simple syrup. And, of utmost importance, only fresh lime juice is used … no pre-made sour mix here.
Now, Tommy’s Margarita has its naysayers who believe a true margarita must contain triple sec. We’re here to play Switzerland and tell you that everyone can have their way. Our non-alcoholic Orange bitters add the same orange flavor — without diluting the drink or adding any sugar — plus a botanical depth from coriander that complements both tequila and lime perfectly.
Agave Margarita (Non-Alcoholic)
Non-Alcoholic Cocktail / Low-Alcohol / Zero Proof / Mocktail
2 ounces non-alcoholic tequila
1 ounce lime juice, fresh
½ ounce agave nectar
5 full droppers All The Bitter Orange bitters
Small pinch of salt (Maldon preferably)
Add all ingredients, including a small pinch of salt, to a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wedge, and optionally a salt rim.
Where do you purchase non-alcoholic tequila? Fortunately, there are a TON of options available in all different styles from blanco to mezcal. Here are a few of our favorites, in no particular order: Lyre's Agave Blanco, Free Spirits Tequila, BARE Reposado Style Tequila, Ritual Zero Proof Tequila, Spiritless Jalisco 55, and Monday Mezcal. All of these companies ship their non-alcoholic spirits direct to your door, and often offer free shipping.
If you want to get all of your non-alcoholic shopping done in one place, you can find a wide selection of tequila and other non-alcoholic spirits, beer, and wine from online retailers like Boisson, Better Rhodes, or Drink No & Low.
MAKE IT MINDFULLY LOW ALCOHOL
Make this cocktail at half-strength by splitting 3/4 ounce of your favorite alcoholic tequila with 1.25 ounces of non-alcoholic tequila. Blanco and reposado styles work best (save the anejo for sipping), but stick to producers that use 100% agave — leave that bottle of Cuervo Gold at the frat house.