A Virgin margarita sounds like it’d be a poor substitute for the cocktail of dreams right? Wrong! This one is gives you all the feels of the original with no booze and even better, barely any calories. If you’re following Slimming World, it’s a completely syn free cocktail so you can have as many as you want!
What is a Virgin Margarita?
Now stay with me, ‘virgin’ cocktails are alcohol free. Since being in lockdown I’ve had way more alcohol than is good for me and it had to stop. I’ve not gone light on the food either hence the search for a low calorie cocktail option.
If you’re thinking that this surely can’t be as good as the real thing, let me tell you that’d I’d actually rather have the virgin version than the real thing! It gives me all the feels of sweet, bitter and salty without any of the guilt. I do not like freshly squeezed orange on its own but it’s so delicious in this cocktail!
What’s in an Alcohol Free Margarita?
The ingredient list for this virgin cocktail is pretty small. You need:
2 x limes (you can swap this for 2 x double shots of lime juice, it’s not quite as nice but a decent enough substitute)
Simple Syrup (I make this with sweetener so it’s calorie and syn free, I’ll tell you how below)
Salt (for the rim of the glass – this is optional but I love it!)
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is a sugar syrup that is used in lots of different cocktail recipes and also in baking. It’s really easy to make with both ordinary sugar and sweetener.
How to make simple syrup with Stevia sweetener
2 tbsp granulated sweetener – I used Truvia which is made from Stevia as I find it tastes the least synthetic
1 cup of water
- Bring the water to the boil in a small pan and then stir in the sweetener.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool then decant into a bottle or jar and store in the fridge. This will make quite a bit of simple syrup so it should last you for a while.
How to make a Virgin Margarita
- Salt the rim of the glass. Cut one of the limes in half and rub one round the rim of the glass. Now pour some ordinary table salt onto a side plate in a circle roughly the size of the rim of the glass. Turn the glass upside down and place in the salt. Twist it back and forth to get the level of salting you prefer.
- Juice the limes and oranges and pour into the glass.
- Add some simple syrup. I find that about 3/4 shot of syrup works for me (probably 2-3 tsps), it’s much stronger than normal sugar syrup so you don’t need as much. Start off small and work up until it’s the desired sweetness.
Et Voila! One virgin margarita that’s even, dare I say it, pretty healthy! (If you ignore the salt). Let me know if you try the recipe, I’d love to know if you enjoy it as much as I do! Cheers!