Champagne Margarita Recipe

Margarita rim
Flickr/mnapolean

Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 lime, finely grated, plus ½ for moistening the glass rims
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup Cointreau
  • 1 cup 100% agave silver tequila, preferably Cazadores, Herradura, or Tres Generaciones
  • Superfine sugar, if needed, for added sweetness
  • Salt, for rimming the glasses
  • 1 bottle chilled brut Champagne or other sparkling white wine

I love Champagne with a steely tang that brings all my taste buds alive, that makes anyone’s mood a good one — and that makes me hungry for a few salty nuts or practically any rich mouthful. Same goes, at least for me, when it comes to margaritas: tangy is enlivening, sweet really isn’t.

And, if you put the two together — a bracing Champagne and a limey margarita — you’ve got what I’d consider the best of both sides of the Atlantic. 

Directions

In a pitcher, combine the lime zest, lime juice, Cointreau, and tequila. Taste the base; if you like the bracing flavor (it will be quite tart), leave the mixture as is; if it’s too tart for you, stir in a little superfine sugar. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

To serve, strain the mixture to remove the zest. Moisten the rims of eight 6-ounce champagne glasses with the cut side of the lime half. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, and then dip the glasses into the salt to crust the rims. Fill each glass half way with the margarita base (it’ll take a generous 1/3 cup). Slowly fill the rest of the way with Champagne or sparkling wine, then hand to one of your lucky guests.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

220 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Fat Fat Free, Low Fat Abs, Sugar Conscious, Low Potassium, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:

11%

Servings:

8
  • Fat 0g 0%
  • Carbs 7g 2%
  • Saturated 0g 0%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 0g 1%
  • Sodium 1,041mg 43%
  • Calcium 21mg 2%
  • Magnesium 13mg 3%
  • Potassium 126mg 4%
  • Iron 0mg 2%
  • Zinc 0mg 1%
  • Phosphorus 27mg 4%
  • Vitamin A 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 16mg 26%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 1%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 1%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 3%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin K 1µg 1%
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