Margarita is a refreshing cocktail served at parties for everyone to enjoy. If you have guests coming over, offer this beverage as a welcome drink or with a meal. Whatever the occasion is, margarita will have your taste buds tingling or more.
Margarita mixes are available in the market, which will help you in the drink preparation. Consider the mix as a base for all of your ingredients. However, if you are not into a margarita mix because of the artificial flavors, high sugar content, or preservatives it contains, don’t use it. You can make this beverage at home using a few essential ingredients.
The best thing about making a homemade margarita from scratch is, it will be suitable for all ages. Margarita usually contains an alcoholic ingredient named Tequila, making it a no-kid drink. In this article, you will learn how to make an intoxicated free drink to be enjoyed not only by adults but children as well. All the ingredients will be 100% natural, zero chemical and preservatives, and alcohol-free. A margarita is easy to make, and the preparation time can take up to 15 minutes max.
How to make a non-alcoholic homemade margarita?
There are plenty of fun, non-alcoholic homemade margarita recipes you can follow. If this is your first time, I suggest following the classic margarita recipe. This recipe is simple to make and delicious to drink. Three ingredients are all you need to prepare this masterpiece in a few minutes.
Classic Margarita Recipe – A non-alcoholic drink
As mentioned before, almost all recipes include Tequila as the primary ingredient. According to research, a single serving of margarita contains 33% alcohol. Since it is a popular cocktail enjoyed by many, it is only fair that kids get to drink it also, the non-alcoholic one of course.
Here is a list of the required ingredients.
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- ⅓ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 lime, cut in half
- Ice cubes
You don’t need a mixing bowl for this, just the measuring cups. If you have a margarita machine, that is absolutely beneficial to get that perfect margarita ice texture. If you don’t have a machine, that is not a problem. You can use a blender which basically does the same thing; however, you will not get that perfectly shaved ice.
As mentioned above, all the ingredients will be 100% natural. So, this recipe will not encourage the use of store-bought juices.
How to squeeze the orange and lime juice
You can employ different methods to get the juice out from these citrus fruits.
1.) Squeeze them by hand
Not a preferred method because you would not be able to get all of that pulpy juice. A lot of it may go to waste, no matter how much pressure you apply.
2.) Use a spoon or fork
The most promising way to get all of that juice out is to use a spoon or fork. Scoop all of the pulp from the oranges and limes to get as much as possible. Yes, the pulp as well; there is nothing wrong with that.
3.) Electronic hand blender
Slice the oranges and limes and peel the skin. Put all the sliced fruits in a bowl and with an electronic hand blender, start blending.
4.) Citrus juicer
Using a manual juicer will easily squeeze all of the juice from the oranges and lime. Slice the fruits in half, place the sliced fruit on the juicer and rotate it, applying pressure to force all the juice out.
Pour your 100% natural orange and lime juice into the mixing jar, along with the rest of the ingredients, and blend.
- fresh orange juice
- fresh lime juice
If you have a blender, add the ice cubes as well. If you have a margarita machine, place the ice cubes in the ice reservoir, which will shave and include the required amount of ice into the drink.
Your margarita is ready, but you need to present it in an authentic way when you serve it to your guests. To capture the look and feel of a margarita, you need salt and lime cut in half.
Rub a cut lime around the rim of a glass and dip it into a plate filled with salt so that the glass rim is completely covered with it. Pour your margarita, and place a small slice of lime on the edge of the glass. Serve and enjoy.
Tips on making a good margarita
Follow these helpful tips to make margaritas taste better.
1.) Make sure you are using fresh ingredients, and you scoop out all of the juice along with the pulp.
2.) Measure your ingredients to add the correct amount.
3.) Use a margarita machine, not a blender.
How long can a homemade margarita last?
If you have made more than you can drink, you can store it in the fridge. A homemade margarita will last up to a week in a refrigerator.
Pour your margarita into a jug and seal it properly. It is best to use a jug with a lid. If you don’t have a cover, wrap it using cling paper. The reason is to lock it and preserve the flavor.
A margarita can last up to a week, but it will slowly lose its taste. So, it is best to consume it as quickly as you can or you will end up gulping down flavored water.
Disadvantages of using a margarita mix?
You may consider purchasing a mix, but these commercially sold juice concoctions are not healthy for the body. Here are some of the reasons why you should skip the margarita mix.
1.) It contains artificial flavors
2.) Chemical preservatives are included in margarita mix to increase the shelf life.
3.) High level of sugar content
So, this is why you should not use a margarita mix. Preparing a margarita from scratch only takes a few minutes.
Preparing a margarita with a mix is easy. All you need are a few ingredients and a blender. Squeezing the juice out may seem like a tiring task, but with an electronic hand blender or citrus juicer, you can get it done quickly.
The classic margarita is not the only non-alcoholic recipe you can prepare. You can also go for the mint margarita. Replace the orange juice with mint leaves, the rest of the process and ingredients are the same.