December 27, 2013

Champagne Margaritas {Happy New Year!}

Ring in the new year with a margarita twist on the champagne cocktail.  That's right!  Champagne Margaritas combine the wonderful flavors of champagne and margaritas in one fun cocktail ~ perfect for adding a unique twist to your New Year's Eve celebration.

It's almost time to ring in 2014!  I truly can't believe 2013 is already headed out the door.  Where does time go??  Well, since time seems to go by so fast, I decided to begin my celebration of the changing of the year early ... and spent some time in the kitchen today with this Champagne Margarita.

A champagne margarita, you ask?  Yes!  Complete with a sugared rim.  It's a truly different way to enjoy your champagne.  {Well, a truly different way to enjoy your sparkling wine, if we're going to be exact ... since most of us drink sparkling wine, not true champagne from France.  Just wanted to get that out there so I don't get bombarded by champagne aficionados.}

So if you'd like to raise your glass on New Year's Eve with the lime-y zing of a margarita in your champagne glass, here's how!

Start by combining some turbinado sugar {sugar-in-the-raw} and granulated sugar in a shallow dish ...
You can use just granulated sugar ... it'll work fine.  I just like the look of the two types of sugar together.  It's extra pretty!

Then wet the rim of each glass with a lime wedge and dip the rims in the sugar mixture.

Voila!  Sparkly sugared rims!

Combine the margarita ingredients and champagne in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake ... gently ... to combine and chill.  Then pour into the prepared glasses ...

... garnish with a lime wedge ...

... and enjoy.

Mmmmmmm.  Lime-y bubbles.

Oh, and I encourage you to start the New Year celebration early, too ~  It's even more fun that way!

Happy New Year to you!!

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Champagne Margaritas
Source:  Adapted from

For 2 Margaritas:
  • 4 T. Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice
  • 2 oz. white tequila
  • 2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 T. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 6 oz. brut champagne/sparkling wine
For Sugared Rims & Garnish:
  • About 1 T. turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
  • About 1 T. granulated sugar
  • Lime wedges
  1. FOR SUGARED RIMS: Combine turbinado and granulated sugar in a shallow dish. Wet the rim of each glass, all the way around, with a lime wedge. Dip each rim into the sugar to coat. Set aside.
  2. FOR MARGARITAS: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice, tequila, Triple Sec, fresh lime juice, and champagne. Gently shake two or three times.
  3. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.

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  1. Oh, yes! Perfect for that Midnight toast. I wonder what it would taste like to blend sugar and salt for the rims? I'll let you know! :-). Happy New Year!

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

    1. For margarita-with-salt lovers, I think a combination of both sugar and salt would taste wonderful! I'm a margarita-withOUT-salt girl, so for me, sugar all the way on this one! Please do let me know how the combo works, Linda. I'd love to hear!

  2. I love this recipe! What a fun little glass of bubbly with a twist to ring in the new year. The sangria looks great too!

    1. Thank you so much, Sami. Yes, I agree it's a fun little bubbly twist ... and I LOVE my bubbles, any which way!

  3. Looks like a fantastic New Year's drink! Thanks for the idea.

  4. Hi Tracey, I love this drink and glad you linked it up to our Marvelous Monday party - pinning [and drinking ;-) ]

  5. I love, love margaritas, so this cocktail is right up my alley! I want to try it for sure. I'm so glad I found this at Marvelous Mondays. We'd love to have you come party with us at Saturday Night Fever too. Cheers!

  6. You are speaking my language! I have made white wine margaritas but never this...YUM!

  7. Love champagne...what's not to like? Pinning!

  8. Oh wow, these look amazing! Pinning for sure, and thanks so much for sharing this at Creativity Unleashed!

  9. You totally combined my two favorite drinks! definitely trying this! stopping by from Creativity Unleashed. :)

  10. Saw your post on Bloom Designs and stopping by to tell you how delicious those margaritas look! What a creative idea to combine the two. I don't think it's just for NYE however, I'm thinking these should be the celebration drink for any occassion! Thanks for sharing. Following you on Google+, twitter and pinterest!

  11. wow you had me at margarita and then champagne. Super yummy great list of cocktails too. Thanks for linking up to Friday frenzy this week. see you next week with more great recipes and crafts.

  12. Yum! Im making these tomorrow night - I need to try it!

  13. Okay, saw this on Pinterest and will absolutely most definitely be making this stat as they combine 2 of my most favorite things!

  14. I love this but i have a question...i know this sounds lazy but new years eve at our house is usually hectic do you think I can achieve the same effect with the margarita mix that is already sold?

    1. I don't think it would taste the same ... but you could certainly give it a try and see if you like it. If you like the taste of the result, go for it!


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