A margarita for the non-alcoholic types

Let me just start off by saying that I consider myself a margarita purist. That means I preferred to have this cocktail made with the standard ingredients, lime, triple sec, orange liqueur, and of course tequila. But ever since the start of this blog, I have encountered individuals who have said they enjoyed the posts but were not alcohol drinkers. So being an equal opportunity blogger, I have decided that for today, one time only, I will blog a post about nonalcoholic margaritas. I know some of you are like, Vern aka Mr. Margarita, whats up with that? Well the thing is there are millions of people who forgo alcohol for various reasons. But having said that, these same folks still enjoy a cool and refreshing beverage with the alcohol.

Up to 23 percent of Americans with a total annual household income of $75,000 or more  describe themselves as “total abstainers” from alcohol, according to a 2011  Gallup poll. At lower-income levels, a higher percentage of people say they  abstain from drinking. Realizing that there still is a market, beer and liquor companies worked to get non-alcoholic beverages to market. My father for some time drank only nonalcoholic beers. With teetotalers in mind, at many social functions hosts provide a variety of appealing non-alcohol beverages for the enjoyment of any guests who choose not to drink.

The good news to a lot folks is that they can enjoy the nonalcoholic version just as much as the original, if they know  the recipe. If you also want to nix the tequila, here is how to make a  non-alcoholic margarita. The ingredients you will need for this is:

  • 2 ounces of Lemon Lime Soda
  • 3 ounces of Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 1 teaspoon of coarse salt
  • Ice
  • Lemon Wedge

Pour the coarse salt onto a plate or saucer. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with the lime wedge. Dip the glass into the  salt until it coats the rim. Fill a margarita glass with ice and pour in the lemon-lime soda sweet and sour mix and lime juice. Top it off with a lime as a garnish.

Check out this video for another unique take on the tequila free margarita.

video courtesy of eHow

Also if you are calorie conscious, there are calorie free alternatives to the one shared previously. One of the most popular is from Crystal Light ‘s Mocktail line. The directions are pretty simple on this one here folks. Just add the mix to a glass of water and voila! You have a margarita fit for a fashion model. So if you want to enjoy one of the world’s best cocktails take heart in the fact that you too can enjoy a great margarita sans the hangover my friends.

Salud!