It’s not every day that we get to celebrate. Sometimes life moves so fast that we almost forget how it feels to let loose and enjoy some good times. So, every time Mr. Fun visits us, it’s time to finally let happiness fill our hearts. And if you feel like Mr. Fun is taking a little too long to reach you, take the wheel and create some yourself with our Altos Champagne Margarita! Yes, you heard that right.
Margaritas aren’t all about limes and oranges! The Champagne Margarita recipe is a bubbly twist on the classic Margarita that adds champagne goodness, and it is simply delicious! The citrusy and cherry flavors of the champagne marry so well with the sweet and tangy notes of the Margarita, resulting in an irresistible drink that will leave you craving for more. It’s a boozy match made in heaven!
The sparkling Marg is the perfect drink to celebrate. Enjoy this bubbly wonder during brunch, parties or just happy hour at home.
Ingredients for the Altos Champagne Margarita
The cocktail is easy and fast to make as you don’t need any equipment. All you need is five ingredients:
- 1 Part (30ml) Altos Reposado
- 2⁄3 Parts (20ml) Lime juice
- 2⁄3 Parts (20ml) Sage-infused agave syrup (recipe included)
- 2⁄3 Parts (20ml) Pear puree
- 1 Part (30ml) Champagne to top
Pro tip: Champagne can get a little expensive, so feel free to use any sparkling wine of your choice. Prosecco, Cava and Espumante are all great and affordable substitutes.
How to Make the Best Champagne and Tequila Cocktail
The Altos Champagne Margarita is the perfect mix to hang out with friends. And it’s not that hard to make!
Follow these 4 simple steps:
- Combine the first four ingredients in a cocktail shaker or jar with a lid and shake well.
- Fine strain into a chilled coupette glass.
- Top up with chilled champagne.
- Garnish with a fresh sage leaf and enjoy!
To make the drink, you can either shake or simply stir the ingredients in a glass. If you choose to make this tequila drink as a shaken cocktail, remember to add the champagne last for that bubbly finish.
Alternatively, you can swap out the traditional champagne for a pink bottle for a lovely twist, especially if you’re preparing the drink for a fun occasion like a bridal shower or girls’ night out. Feel free to experiment with different flavors when trying out tequila and champagne cocktail recipes.
Keep in mind that champagne starts to go flat pretty quickly. So, we don’t recommend making these cocktails in advance or trying to store any leftovers.
4 Tips for Perfect Champagne Margaritas
With the next few tips you will have the best version of our Altos Champagne cocktail:
- Use good quality tequila: You want to use a decent tequila when making champagne margaritas or any other Marg variation. Hailing from Mexico, the Altos Reposado Tequila is perfect. It’s 100% agave and slow cooked in a brick oven, which creates a rich and complex taste.
- Make sure you use fresh lime juice: Fresh tastes so much better! Furthermore, it wouldn’t make sense to use store-bought stuff after investing in premium tequila and champagne.
- Pair the tequila with your favorite champagne or sparkling wine: both champagne and sparkling wine pair excellently with tequila, so use what you have or can get. However, when choosing champagne, it’s advisable to opt for a balanced bottle rather than one too sweet or dry.
- Rim your glass* (optional): Rim your glass with salt or sugar and garnish. To do so, run a lime wedge around the edge to rim the glass, then flip the glass upside down in a shallow bowl or plate with salt or sugar. Do a little twist and ta-da!
*You may want to get a champagne flute for a classier presentation. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry. Any glass will work just fine.
What Do I Need to Make the Sage Infused Agave Syrup?
Probably you are wondering if preparing the sage-infused agave syrup is hard. And the answer is no!
To make it, you just need to:
- Combine 300ml of pure organic agave with 150ml of water into a saucepan.
- Add 10 sage leaves and bring the mixture to boil.
- Lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Allow to cool and strain into a glass bottle.
The Story Behind this Tequila and Champagne Drink
We have Dré Masso to thank for this festive and fizzy cocktail. If you’re unfamiliar with the guy, he is a legend! In 2009, he partnered with Maestro Tequilero to create Altos Tequila, a tequila from bartenders to bartenders. He is the proud author of two cocktails and was nominated for Best Bar Mentor at the 2016 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
He created the recipe as a homage to Bermejo and his family (after spending six months learning from Julio Bermejo of Tommy’s Mexican restaurant in San Francisco) and also to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Altos Tequila.
Our Altos is a premium 100% agave tequila recognized by bartenders worldwide. Thanks to its smooth profile and robust flavors and aromas, it makes a rich addition to any cocktail. We recommend Olmeca Altos Reposado for this champagne and tequila recipe, as it’s more complex with a perfectly balanced profile.