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Who wants a mocktail?

Sep 12, 2022Santa Fe Aqui

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Sometimes booze-free is the way to go! As I age, I have found that I love my early morning workouts and restful nights’ rests more than a margarita. Additionally, after having a child, your body changes, and more than ever, I want to sleep after a drink. With a toddler and a busy work schedule, nap time is not an option. 

My hubby worked at a local restaurant (Zia Diner) for 15 years and worked as a busboy, waiter, and bartender. He learned how to make a mean cosmo, margarita, and mojito during this time. So, we decided to make them into booze-free household favorites. Enjoy!


Simple syrup is just like the name says, simple

To make it:

  1. Combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

It keeps for up to a month when stored correctly in a jar in the fridge, so I always make extra to use later.


Virgin Margarita


  • Kosher salt for rimming glass (if you like salt)
  • 4 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 1-ounce lemon juice
  • 1-ounce orange juice
  • Lime wheels or wedges for garnish
  • Top with a grapefruit or lime seltzer water


  • Pour about one teaspoon of kosher salt on a small plate. Moisten the rim of the glass by rubbing with a lime wedge. Dip the rim of the glass into salt to coat evenly.
  • Pour simple syrup, lime juice, lemon juice, and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled about half full with ice.
  • Cover and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Pour into rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge. Add a splash of seltzer water. 


  • To make by the pitcher, multiply the liquid ingredients by the number of servings desired. Pour into a pitcher and stir to combine. Pour into salt-rimmed glasses filled with ice.

Virgin Mojito


  • 15 mint leaves
  • 1-ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup 
  • ice
  • 4 ounces club soda or sparkling water or ginger ale
  • lime wedge optional, for garnish


  • Glass
  • Muddler (or wooden spoon)


  • Add mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup to the glass. Muddle mint leaves gently.
  • Add as much ice as desired, then top with club soda. Stir lightly to combine. Garnish with lime wedges (optional) and enjoy.


Virgin Cosmo


  • 90 ml Reduced Sugar Cranberry Juice
  • 30 ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 60 ml sparkling water
  • 30 ml orange juice


  • Place cranberry juice, lime, and soda in a cocktail shaker or similar (a mason jar works great!). Add plenty of ice and shake gently. See Notes.
  • Pour into a martini glass.
  • Add a splash of orange juice and serve


Recipe Notes

  • Use a low-sugar cranberry juice for a healthier alternative.
  • Shake gently, just enough to combine. The fizz in the soda water can make the cocktail shaker lid fly off if you shake too vigorously!