Fresh-squeezed lime juice and orange juice is combined with limeflavored sparkling water and a touch of maple syrup — rum or tequila, optional!

mock margaritas

Makes six servings
Prep time: 10 minutes


  • 6 tbs. fresh lime juice (about 2 large limes, juiced)
  • 3 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbs. maple syrup or cane sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. nonalcoholic vanilla (optional)
  • 3 cups lime-flavored sparkling water
  • 1/2 cup rum or tequila, optional


In a large pitcher, combine the lime juice, orange juice, maple syrup or sugar, and vanilla. Chill until serving time, then pour in sparkling water and optional liquor and mix gently. Serve over ice.

is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and cookbook author.

Photography: Andrea D’Agosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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