Put an elegant touch on everyone’s favorite tequila cocktail and shake up this prosecco margarita! You’ll love how a splash of sparkling white wine gives a classic margarita a light, bubbly finish for one ultra refreshing twist. Whenever a special occasion calls, you’ll turn to this sparkling margarita over and over again, and your guests will thank you for it.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Makes for a lovely signature cocktail for any celebration — think Valentine’s Day, Easter brunch, Mother’s Day, bridal showers, bachelorette parties and New Year’s Eve.
- Extra cooling on those hot summer nights on the patio with the addition of a crisp processo.
- Batches easily for make-ahead preparation.
- Easily customizable if you’d like to add fun flavors for something different.
Prosecco: Save your expensive wines and use an economical prosecco. If you need some recommendations, check out this list on best proseccos under $20.
Tequila: I recommend a reposado tequila over blanco tequila, also known as white tequila. Reposado ages in oak barrels for at least six months, which gives it a more nuanced flavor and smoother finish.
Lime juice: Always use freshly squeezed lime juice rather than bottled lime juice for the best flavor.
Orange liqueur: For a top-shelf margarita, use Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Otherwise, triple sec works well.
Simple syrup: This gives us the perfect touch of sweetness. Agave syrup also works if you prefer that.
Step 1: For an optional salted rim, we run a lime slice along the rim of our margarita glass and then swirl it in coarse sea salt (photo 1). We set aside the glass for the time being.
Step 2: To mix the drink, we add the tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker (photo 2).
Step 3: Now we secure the top and shake the drink vigorously for about 15-30 seconds (photo 3).
Step 4: After shaking, we remove the cocktail shaker top and strain the margarita mixture into our garnished glass (photo 4).
Step 5: For our last step, we top with a splash of chilled prosecco and gently stir to combine (photo 5).
Our bubbly prosecco margarita is ready for sipping. Isn’t it refreshing and dainty? I just love this drink!
How to Make a Pitcher of Prosecco Margaritas
For party mode, let’s make a pitcher of sparkling margaritas. Here’s how to do that.
- Stir together tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and simple syrup together in a large pitcher.
- Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
- When you’re ready to serve, pour the margaritas into a cocktail and shake as originally directed. Most cocktail shakers can accommodate two drinks at a time.
- Strain and top each glass with prosecco.
We still want to shake the drinks to get the appropriate amount of aeration and dilution for the best flavor and texture. You can find the exact proportions in the notes section of the recipe card.
Both are sparkling white wines, but prosecco typically comes from the Veneto region in Italy while Champagne must come from the Champagne region of France. Prosecco is also made from the glera grape, and Champagne is usually made from a single or blended varietal of the chardonnay, pinot noir, or pinot meunier grape.
Absolutely, a California sparkling wine or cava, which is a Spanish sparkling wine, also make lovely options. I’d save real Champagne for sipping on its own.
Sure, you can instead use a zero-proof tequila, orange juice for the orange liqueur, and club soda for the prosecco.
Variations and Substitutions
- Make it fruity: Muddle some fruit before shaking or use a fruit purée or flavored simple syrup. Some of my favorite fruity margarita simple syrups are this raspberry syrup, blackberry syrup, cranberry syrup and cherry syrup.
- Add an herbal flavor: Lightly muddle some fresh herbs, like a sprig of mint or rosemary, with some simple syrup and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Give it a spice kick: Muddle a few jalapeño slices before shaking.
- Use another spirit: If you’re not a tequila fan, try vodka or white rum.
Do not shake the prosecco: Besides losing the carbonation, this can leave you with a big mess. Always add any carbonated ingredient after shaking.
Chill the prosecco: Since we don’t shake the prosecco, this ensures it’s nice and cold for the most refreshing margarita.
Use splits for fewer servings: We only need a splash of prosecco, so those smaller split bottles are great if you don’t think you’ll finish a standard 750-ml bottle.
Of course, margaritas mean tacos, and you’ll especially love this drink with some seafood tacos. Think salmon tacos or lobster tacos. Add a fruity salsa, like this pineapple pico de gallo or mango-habanero salsa, and you have the perfect meal to go with your bubbly margarita.
Let’s make it a night to remember and serve this prosecco margarita recipe. A little fresh lime juice, chilled prosecco, and tequila make for the most refreshing patio sipper.
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- Cocktail shaker
- Handheld citrus juicer
- Jigger or small measuring cup
- Lime slice slit in the middle, for garnish, optional
- Coarse sea salt or kosher salt for garnish, optional
- 2 ounces tequila preferably reposado
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 1 ounce simple syrup or agave nectar
- Splash of chilled prosecco
- Lime wedge for garnish, optional
- For an optional salted rim, run the lime slice along the rim of the margarita glass to moisten. Spread the salt on a small plate and swirl the rim in the salt. Set aside.
- Add tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, simple syrup and ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Secure the cocktail shaker top. Shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds.
- Strain the margarita into an ice-filled glass.
- Top with a splash of chilled prosecco. Gently stir to combine. If desired, add a lime wedge to the side of the glass for an additional garnish. Enjoy!
- Do not shake the prosecco with the rest of the drink. Shaking a carbonated beverage can cause a big mess, and it flattens the carbonation.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.