This Sparkling Raspberry Margarita is our first experience with sparkling margaritas and we are in love! Remember that Homemade Raspberry Liqueur we made a while ago? This is another great way to use that beautiful elixir. Just one sip of this margarita will have you making jugs and jugs of that raspberry liqueur this year.
Its icy cool and each sip tastes like sweet citrus raspberry with bubbles to excite your taste buds and tequila to finish each sip with a tiny bite. It would be easy to drink way too many of these, let me tell ya.
Obviously, since this baby is pink, its a great choice to serve your sweetheart for your Valentines Day meal. Possibly even a better option, though, is to serve this cocktail at a Valentines party where you’re looking for your sweetheart.
Disclaimer: these pack a bit of a punch and lets just say, your judgement could be impacted… lol!
Since it takes a couple months to get your homemade raspberry liqueur ready, in the meantime, you could make these with a store bought raspberry liqueur and a little bit of raspberry compote. Its simple to make a raspberry compote. You just throw a bag of raspberries into a pot with 1/2 cup of sugar (can we suggest that you use organic cane sugar) bring to a simmer and cook and stir and smash the little raspberries up a bit until it becomes syrupy. Then you can strain it if you don’t want all the seeds or you can leave it alone.
In the notes of the recipe we will include the alternatives to make this raspberry margarita. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making the compote, you could try just using the liqueur, but I don’t think its going to give you the raspberry flavor that we had in ours. Also, you could just throw some raspberries into the blender along with raspberry liqueur and add a little more honey.
There’s many ways to skin a cat. Isn’t that what they say?
The salt and sugar rim is an awesome rim combination with this raspberry margarita. That sweet and salty thing is the perfect complement to the margarita itself. Unfortunately, Debbie and I forgot to rim these damn glasses before we shot these cocktails. We did rim the glasses the next time we made these and so we wanted to make sure we told you not to forget! So now you know!
Raspberry Champagne Margarita
- 6 cups of ice
- 1/2 cup homemade raspberry liqueur (for alternatives see the recipe notes)
- 1/3 cup key lime juice
- 1/4 cup tequila
- 1 cup sparkling wine or champagne
- 2 tbsp honey
- salt and sugar mixed for the rim
- Mix the salt and sugar for the rim on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the edge of your glasses. Dip the rim of the glasses into the salt and sugar mix.
- Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high until the ice is all blended. Pour into glasses and serve.
- Recipe makes 4 smallish margaritas or 3 good sized ones.
Instead of the homemade raspberry liqueur you can use one of these combinations:
1. 1/3 cup raspberry liqueur and 1/4 cup raspberry compote
2. 1/3 cup raspberry liqueur, 1/4 cup raspberries, and 1 more tbsp honey