A classic margarita is an excellent go-to cocktail for the warmer months. Even more fun is a sparkling blood orange margarita with Prosecco. A little sparkling wine makes any drink better, no? Whether you’re looking for a fun cocktail to have for Cinco de Mayo or just want something citrusy, refreshing, and delicious to have in your back pocket, this margarita recipe is for you. It can be made 5-7 days ahead. Just store it in a covered pitcher or a flip-top glass bottle and you can serve up a margarita in seconds. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary for extra sensory delight.
Add A Little Sparkle to Your Margarita
I love the addition of Prosecco in a lot of cocktails and a margarita is no exception. A little sparkling wine adds another refreshing element to a bright and citrusy classic. When choosing a sparkling wine for cocktails, I tend to opt for Prosecco. Cava is another great alternative. The key is to not waste a lot of money on a sparkling wine like Champagne. Expensive wines cost more because of the quality of the grapes and the skill of the winemaker. These wines are meant to drank on their own so you can appreciate the nuance. Adding an expensive wine to a cocktail will prevent you from being able to taste the quality behind the wine, so it’s really just a waste of a good wine. Using a $50 bottle of Champagne won’t bring anything to your cocktail either, so keep it cheap!
Try these margaritas out with some Vegan Mushroom Barbacoa Tacos.
Add Fresh Rosemary Sprigs to Delight Your Visual and Aromatic Senses
Rosemary pairs beautifully with blood orange. Their aromas meld together so beautifully. Opt for a rosemary sprig for your garnish here. The trick is to sort of “clap” the herb between your hands before adding it to your drink. You may have seen a bartender do this before – they’ll sort of smack a wad of mint or other herbs for a cocktail. This trick releases the oils in the herb and therefore a stronger aroma. You’ll be able to smell the rosemary immediately when the drink is set down in front of you which adds to the sensory experience of the drink. Thyme would also be a good alternative for a blood orange margarita.
Don’t forget to salt the rim and add ice! This sparkling blood orange margarita with Prosecco will delight all of your senses with the beautiful color and refreshing, delicious flavor. Cheers!Print
This sparkling blood orange margarita with Prosecco is a fun twist on a classic cocktail. Garnish with fresh rosemary.
- 5 medium-sized blood oranges
- 5 limes
- Silver tequila
- Triple sec
- 1 bottle of Prosecco (or Cava or other inexpensive dry sparkling wine)
- Optional: additional blood orange slices and/or sprigs of rosemary for garnish
- Combine the juice of all 5 limes and 5 blood oranges into a pitcher.
- Add 1.5 oz silver tequila per lime to the pitcher – about 5 shot glasses of tequila depending on your preferences. You can reserve this mix in your fridge for 5-7 days if you want to make ahead or enjoy a fresh margarita throughout the week.
- Add about 0.5 oz of Triple sec per lime to the pitcher – about 2.5 shot glasses worth. Mix everything in the pitcher (lime and blood orange juice, tequila, and triple sec) well.
- Prepare your cocktail glass by wetting the rim with a slice of lime. Dip in margarita salt.
- Add ice to the glass. Pour about 2-4 oz of the margarita mix into the glass.
- Top margarita with Prosecco or other dry sparkling wine.
- Garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig and blood orange wheel.
- Don’t go big on the sparkling wine – buy something inexpensive. Cava or Prosecco are your best choices. Champagne is too expensive (and too high quality) to waste in a cocktail!
- If you want to make just a single margarita, the ratio will be 1/2 lime:1/2 blood orange:1.5 oz tequila: 0.5 oz triple sec, topped off with Prosecco to your preferences.
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