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Using fresh fruit, agave and 7UP®, this non-alcoholic Game Day Rita is perfect for any fan!
If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m pretty clueless about sports. When it comes to any gathering based around a big game, I am your gal for food and drinks.
Need an epic chili bar? I’ve got your back! Queso? It’s in the slow-cooker! While everyone is in the basement of our house watching the game, I love to mix up cocktails and refresh the food.
One tip I have for any gathering is to keep it simple. Beforehand, write down 3-4 appetizers, 2-3 drink options and THEN give people specific items to bring if they ask. Making guac? Tell someone to grab one bag of chips! If you are a control freak like myself, just let them bring drinks or mixers to share. I love having a variety of craft beer and non-alcoholic drinks in coolers.
My go-to pop to have on hand for guests is 7UP®. It’s a great special treat for the kiddos, but also adults! We love to use 7UP for mixers and punches, too! This non-alcoholic 7UP Game Day Rita is so simple and budget friendly, plus delicious since it uses fresh squeezed fruit. For a large gathering, double or triple the fruit juice or put it in a pitcher!
I love to grab 7UP on a shopping trip to Walmart. I find it’s handy for so many reasons! Quick tip: don’t leave pop in your van when it’s FREEZING outside. We had quite a mess with some bubbly water last week after I forgot completely about a 12-pack in my trunk.
- 4 fresh limes , plus 1 for garnish
- 1 orange
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Agave Nectar (or honey)
- 12 oz 7UP® cans
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt , plus more for rim
1.In pour-able container, juice 4 limes and an orange. Whisk to combine. Add agave and ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2.Add 2 cups of ice to a blender. Pour fresh juice. Blend until smooth. Mixture will be very thick.
3.Using a slice of lime, trace the rim of a glass. Dip glass rim in kosher salt. I like to use a small plate.
4.Add 2-3 pieces of ice to a glass. Spoon frozen mixture over ice. Slowly pour 7UP over.
5.Garnish with lime and orange slices.
Note: to make alcoholic, simply add 1 ounce of tequila before pouring in 7UP
This is a great base margarita recipe for any occasion. I find the fresh fruit and agave make it so much fresher tasting than any store bought mix. Have fun experimenting with different flavors! You can store the fresh juice mixture in the fridge for up to 5-days. I recommend a mason jar with a lid, which makes it easy to shake!
What is on your game day menu? Do you have any go-to drinks or appetizers?