The non-alc margarita can be a tough one. You want the citrus complexity of triple sec, but without introducing alcohol. Orange juice does the trick in some recipes, but it can bring unwanted volume and juicy opacity for those who prefer their margs on the light and crispy side. Introducing our friend Bill McDowell – the man with the non-alc margarita plan. Bill infuses his simple syrup with orange zest for all the flavor and none of the bulk, then tops it off with club soda in a chipotle salt rimmed glass. A little sweet, a little heat. Flavorful, yet light and crispy. It's the all day, all summer, perfectly balanced marg. Cheers!
2 oz. Ritual tequila alternative
1 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. orange infused simple syrup
2 oz. club soda
Lime slice or wedge
Chipotle salt (optional)
Simmer the zest of an orange in a simple syrup for five minutes. Combine Ritual Tequila Alternative, lime juice and orange simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake shake shake. Pour over ice in a chipotle salt-rimmed rocks glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime.