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Brunch Margaritas {cocktail and mocktail recipe}

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Cheers, darlings! Let’s raise brunch margaritas and toast to weekends, summer, vacations, adventures with friends, and bright days ahead. This delicious brunch beverage can be both a mocktail and cocktail, making it a drink everyone can enjoy!

Brunch margaritas setup with glasses of juice and mixer in the background

A few months ago, the circus and I traveled to meet friends in Mobile, Alabama for a Mardi Gras weekend. It was wonderful to catch up with them and spend time together. Mobile is a lovely city that’s been an easy meeting point for us for the past 2 years. We all love to explore local restaurants. The inspiration for this brunch margarita came from the last breakfast we enjoyed before we traveled home. You don’t always have to go on vacation to enjoy fun food. Sometimes, it’s just as easy to make it right at home!

The restaurant we dined at was actually the Mobile location of a New Orleans chain called The Ruby Slipper Cafe. The food is fabulous! After visiting multiple locations, I can say it’s consistently so and recommend the place as a great breakfast stop. The benedicts were my favorite. The kids loved the biscuits, and the Godfather tried a few other dishes – happy bellies all around.

Since we were on vacation, we checked out the cocktail menu. The Godfather spied a “morning margarita”, which he thought sounded interesting, and it was! Naturally, this meant we’d have to try to recreate it at home. Recreating this margarita sent us down a bit of a recipe rabbit hole.

You see, when the Godfather and I have margaritas at home, they’re usually small, on the rocks, and simply tequila with lime and a splash of triple sec. No mixer.

To make this brunch margarita, you need a mixer. You could buy tequila mix at the store, but being the slightly extra recipe developer I am, we made a less-sweet homemade mix. And if you haven’t tried it yet, you’ll want to visit the homemade margarita mix post for the recipe.

Once you have your mixer, making a brunch-worthy margarita is easy! You just combine your mixer, a bit of orange juice, grapefruit juice, and tequila! Salted glass rim optional.

Actually, the tequila is kind of optional too. As we mixed the drinks for pictures, the kids asked if they could try. The sour mix has no alcohol. The orange and grapefruit juices have no alcohol. So, just mix those three ingredients together to make a really delicious nonalcoholic brunch punch! The punch got rave reviews all around! That’s saying a lot because the kids don’t really drink much besides water at home.

top angled picture showing the color of the cocktail in the glass

I was pretty excited about this discovery. It means my brunch margarita recipe just got way more versatile!

The Godfather's hand pouring orange juice into the glass to top off the brunch margarita

How perfect is it to mix up a pitcher of all the ingredients – except tequila – for everyone to enjoy? Just leave the tequila on the side for those who want to add. It’s a perfect alternative to a mimosa/faux-mosa bar at a baby shower or a unique mocktail AND cocktail for a family reunion!

Of course, this recipe easily scales for one or two, so it’s perfect to enjoy even for a casual brunch at home! Gather your ingredients, maybe a few of your favorite people, and let’s raise a glass… there’s always something to celebrate!

Brunch Margaritas

Brunch Margaritas

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Let's raise brunch margaritas and toast to weekends, summer, vacations, adventures with friends, and bright days ahead. This delicious brunch beverage can be made as both a mocktail and cocktail, making it a drink everyone can enjoy!


  • 2 ounces Silver Tequila
  • 2 ounces margarita mix
  • 3 ounces Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 ounce Orange Juice
  • 1 lime slice
  • Ice
  • optional - coarse salt or sugar for the rim of the glass


To make a single margarita:

  1. Rim a cocktail glass with salt and fill 2/3 of the way with ice.
  2. Add the silver tequila, margarita mix, grapefruit juice, and orange juice. Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish the glass with the lime slice. Enjoy!

If you would like to make a pitcher of margaritas:

  1. Combine a cup of tequila, a cup of margarita mix, a cup and half of the grapefruit juice, and a cup of orange juice. Stir. Do not add ice to the pitcher.
  2. Place ice in your serving glasses and pour the margarita over the ice. Enjoy!


  • To make the margaritas non-alcoholic, omit the tequila from the recipe. Easy!
  • You can adjust the juice mixture to fit your preferences. Slightly more grapefruit juice than orange juice is the combination we found we preferred. It also came closest to the color and flavor profile of the inspiration. But as with all cocktail recipes, the final ratios are up to you!

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