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Dry January Must-Try: The Mocktail Margarita

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If Christmas was an excuse to have Friday lunches that stretched long into the afternoon (Pret could never), January is all about the month of change. A new year brings with it a new found sense of discovery and achievement, and the return of Dry January. Look, we’re not saying you have to get on the wagon and ride into the sunset; your January can be as damp or dry as you want it. If you’re trying the alcohol-free life for this month, scroll down to discover our new Mocktail Margarita.

What is Dry January?

Dry January does what it says on the tin. During the month of January, the aftermath of Christmas boozing, people give up alcohol for the 31-day period. Spearheaded by Alcohol Change UK, Dry January encourage everyone to take a break and give the body and mind a total reset. In the spirit of Dry January, we’ve knocked together an Mocktail Margarita.

The History of the Margarita?

Who invented the Margarita? The internet is awash with different origin stories and it’s hard to pinpoint who was the brainchild behind this cocktail menu staple.  Sara Morales, an expert in Mexican folklore, claimed the Margarita was created in 1930 by Doña Bertha, owner of Bertha’s Bar in Taxco, Mexico. It has also been said that restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera first made the drink in 1938, however, it has also been claimed Enrique Bastate Gutierrez was the man behind the Margarita in the early 1940s. The drink was as an homage to actress Rita Hayworth, whose birth name was Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino, born in Tijuana, Mexico

Despite being unclear on who decided to mix lime, tequila and triple sec together, today, the Margarita is a still a prominent feature on many cocktail menus. Over the large few years, there’s been a considerable boom in agave spirits gaining notoriety in the UK thanks to drinkers looking to ‘drink better’ and turning to premium brands.

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The Mocktail Margarita Recipe


– 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

– 1/4 cup  orange juice

– 1 teaspoom agave syrup

– 1/2 – 1 cup soda water

– Salt flakes for rim

– Limes for garnish

– Ice



  1. In a small pitcher, mix together lime juice, orange juice, and agave syrup. Set aside.
  2. Pour sea salt onto a plate. Run a slice of lime around the rim of a the highball. Coat rim of glass with salt.
  3. Fill half of the glass with ice and pour in mixture. Add soda water and garnish with a lime slice.


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