Crafting the Perfect Alcohol-Free Margarita

Welcome to the refreshing world of alcohol-free margaritas, where taste meets wellness in every sip. As more individuals embrace healthier lifestyles, the popularity of non-alcoholic drinks has soared, carving out a significant niche in beverage culture. Alcohol-free margaritas offer a delightful alternative to their alcoholic counterparts, allowing everyone to enjoy the vibrant flavours of a classic margarita without any of the alcohol. Whether you're a teetotaller or just looking to cut back, alcohol-free margaritas ensure you can partake in the joy of cocktail hour guilt-free and with all the taste. Join us as we craft the perfect alcohol-free margarita that promises zest and zing minus the buzz.

Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting the CAROUSE Bramble Margarita

The CAROUSE Bramble Margarita is not just a drink; it's a celebration of flavour, combining CAROUSE’s signature non-alcoholic spirit with fresh, vibrant ingredients. Here’s how to create this exquisite mocktail:


  • 25 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 12 ml blackberry simple syrup
  • 1 tsp blackcurrant jam
  • Ice
  • Garnish: Slice of lemon and a fresh blackberry


Preparation Steps:

  1. Prepare the Blackberry Simple Syrup: You can easily make your own if you don't have pre-made syrup. Simmer 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of water, a handful of fresh blackberries, and a teaspoon of blackcurrant jam with a dash of vanilla extract. Allow it to cool before use.
  2. Mix the Ingredients: In a shaker, combine 50 ml of CAROUSE DRIFT, 25 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 12 ml of your blackberry simple syrup.
  3. Shake: Add a good amount of ice to the shaker. Secure the lid and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Strain and Serve: Strain the mixture into a glass filled with crushed ice to prevent dilution and preserve the rich flavours.
  5. Garnish: Add a slice of lemon and a fresh blackberry on top for a visually appealing and flavourful finish.

Significance of Ingredients and Variations:

  • CAROUSE DRIFT: This combines summer fruits and calming botanicals, creating a relaxing yet flavourful base.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a necessary acidity that balances the sweetness of the syrup and jam. Lime juice can be used for a sharper tang.
  • Blackberry Simple Syrup and Blackcurrant Jam add depth and a hint of sweetness. Raspberry or blueberry can be used for a different berry twist.

Presentation and Taste Tips:

  • Chill Your Glass: To refresh the drink, chill the glass beforehand.
  • Balance Your Flavors: Taste as you mix to ensure the right balance between sweetness and tartness.
  • Visual Appeal: Aesthetics are key; use clear or lightly coloured glasses to showcase the margarita's vibrant colour.

This CAROUSE Bramble Margarita is perfect for any occasion. It blends sophistication with fun, proving that non-alcoholic doesn't mean uncomplicated or unexciting. Cheers to a memorable drink experience!



Why Alcohol-Free?

Opting for alcohol-free cocktails isn't just about avoiding alcohol; it's about embracing a lifestyle that celebrates health, inclusivity, and wellness. The benefits of choosing non-alcoholic alternatives extend beyond the absence of a hangover, contributing to long-term health improvements, including better sleep, increased mental clarity, and reduced risk of chronic diseases associated with heavy drinking.

Steph Elswood, the founder of CAROUSE, personifies the journey towards this healthier lifestyle. Her decision to stop drinking in 2019 was rooted in a realisation about the negative impacts of alcohol on her mental health, particularly the anxiety that lingered long after the parties ended. Despite her love for social gatherings, the adverse effects were too significant to ignore. This led to the birth of CAROUSE—a venture aimed at creating non-alcoholic spirits that don't mimic alcoholic drinks but stand out with their own unique, flavour-rich profiles. Steph Elswood's goal was to eliminate the "fear of missing out" for those who choose not to drink alcohol, ensuring they can enjoy the taste and social pleasure of a great beverage.

The emotional benefits of reducing alcohol intake are substantial. Many who reduce or eliminate alcohol report feeling more emotionally balanced and less prone to mood swings. Socially, non-alcoholic options can remove the stigma and pressure often felt by those who abstain, making social environments more inclusive. Health-wise, reducing alcohol can lower blood pressure, improve liver health, and improve overall body composition.

By choosing alcohol-free cocktails like those offered by CAROUSE, individuals are not just making a drink choice but a lifestyle choice that respects both body and mind. This shift supports a more mindful, healthier approach to leisure and celebration, proving that you can still enjoy the complexities and joys of a beautifully crafted cocktail without alcohol.

The Rise of Non-Alcoholic Spirits

The market for non-alcoholic spirits has seen a remarkable surge in recent years, driven by a shift in consumer behaviour towards health-conscious choices and inclusive socialising. This growing trend is not just a fleeting movement but a significant change in the beverage industry, as consumers increasingly seek alternatives that align with their wellness goals and dietary preferences.

Amidst this shift, CAROUSE has carved out a niche with its innovative offerings, UPLIFT and DRIFT, which cater to a demand for sophisticated, health-oriented, non-alcoholic beverages. UPLIFT is designed to enhance mood and increase energy with its refreshing blend of citrus fruits, warming ginger, and energising botanicals like guarana and ginkgo biloba. It's free from artificial colours, flavours, or sweeteners and is both gluten-free and vegan, making it an ideal choice for health-conscious consumers looking for a natural lift.

On the other hand, DRIFT offers a calming experience through a fusion of summer fruits, mixed berries, and soothing extracts like cucumber and ashwagandha. This blend is perfect for those seeking to unwind and relax, providing a beverage option supporting mental and physical well-being without artificial additives.

Both UPLIFT and DRIFT fit seamlessly into various social and wellness routines. In social settings, these spirits provide a sophisticated alternative to alcoholic drinks, ensuring that non-drinkers can enjoy complex, flavourful cocktails without feeling excluded. They allow everyone at a gathering to share in the ritual of enjoying a drink, regardless of their alcohol preference.

In wellness routines, CAROUSE's spirits integrate well with a lifestyle focused on mental and physical well-being. UPLIFT can be a great addition to social gatherings, especially as a pick-me-up social elixir during low-energy moments. DRIFT is perfect for evening relaxation routines, helping ease the mind before sleep.

By bridging the gap between health and pleasure, CAROUSE’s non-alcoholic spirits demonstrate that you don’t have to compromise on taste or social enjoyment to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Embrace the Spirit of Wellness with Alcohol-Free Margaritas

Choosing alcohol-free margaritas presents a myriad of advantages, from supporting healthier lifestyle choices to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their drinking preferences, are included at every social event. These beverages provide the pleasure of enjoying complex, rich flavours and contribute to overall well-being by avoiding the negative impacts of alcohol.

We invite you to discover the vibrant and diverse world of non-alcoholic cocktails with CAROUSE's innovative products, UPLIFT and DRIFT. Each sip shows the care, research, and creativity poured into these unique blends. Experience the joy of a well-crafted mocktail and see how CAROUSE redefines the non-alcoholic beverage landscape.

Don’t just take our word for it—try them out and share your favourite mocktail recipes or your experiences using CAROUSE products on social media. Tag @CAROUSE in your posts and join a growing community of mindful drinkers who make each gathering a moment to remember. Cheers to your health and happiness!