Sparkling Margarita Mocktail for Dry January
Taco Tuesday will never be the same. This alcohol-free whole food margarita gets 5 delicious stars!
Delicioso!!! These sparkling margarita mocktails are a game changer for Taco Tuesdays at our house. Can’t wait to try to create an adult version of this cocktail with some bubbly. Our kiddos also enjoyed drinking straight lemon juice, which much to my dismay they seemed to enjoy…I really wanted to post their sour face reactions on social but it was anticlimactic.
Shout out to the site Up & Alive as we used their recipe as a starting point, making our own personal tweaks.
The first tweak, we used agave nectar instead of a honey simple syrup. Agave nectar fits the taco night theme and ticks several other boxes:
It's an plant-based whole food (we’re big on plant-based whole foods and reducing our consumption of refined / processed foods)
It tastes sweeter than sugar so less is needed
It's a vegan friendly alternative to honey
It's as low as many vegetables on the glycemic index (11 vs 50 for honey)
It contains small amounts of vitamins B & K that can help with metabolism & depression
Basically, if agave nectar is not in your cabinet, pause now and add it to your grocery list.
Second tweak was upping the amount of sparkling water. We like our bubbles!!! LOL. Agave nectar is more viscous than honey so we didn’t need to cut it with water to make a simple syrup so we simply substituted that water (1.5 oz) with sparkling water. We also felt an extra 1.5 oz of sparkling really rounded everything out.
Third tweak was simply increasing the volume of the recipe. We found doubling the recipe gave us a perfect amount for 2 glasses.
So, here it is, how we made a delicious Sparkling Margarita Mocktail:
3 oz of lime juice (~3 freshly squeezed limes)
3 oz of lemon juice (~2 freshly squeezed lemons)
3 oz of organic agave nectar
6 oz of sparkling water
Mix it all in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, salt the rim of your glass, add a lime wedge, and enjoy!