If you want a festive, fun cocktail that's easy to make, delicious, and an elevated option over standard tequila cocktails, try this Champagne Margarita recipe.
With citrusy orange liqueur and bubbly sparkling wine, this bright, refreshing cocktail is a festive twist on a classic margarita. It's also a simple yet special drink to celebrate any occasion.
Easy to make ahead of time, this sparkling margarita is great for small gatherings and large get-togethers alike!
❤️ Why you'll love these Champagne Margaritas
Champagne Margaritas are the perfect tequila cocktail for many reasons.
- They are easy to make and require just a few minutes of prep time. No special equipment needed!
- You only need five ingredients (plus two optional ingredients if you want to jazz it up even more!).
- It's easy to make a non-alcoholic version for friends who want the flavor without the buzz.
- It makes for a tasty New Year's Eve or Cinco de Mayo cocktail.
- This tequila cocktail pairs so well with most Tex Mex dishes and Cinco de Mayo foods!
🍾 Ingredient notes
This is one of the easiest margarita recipes! You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this cocktail. Then there are a few optional garnishes if you want to elevate it more.
Tequila - Use your favorite tequila to make this cocktail. I prefer silver tequila (or blanco tequila) as it pairs well with the champagne and doesn't overwhelm it.
Champagne- For the best flavor, and to celebrate very special occasions, use a brut Champagne. Only sparkling wines made in the traditional method in the Champagne region of France can actually be officially called Champagne; everything else must be labeled as sparkling wine.
Since a true bottle of Champagne does cost more than sparkling wine, you can always substitute your favorite sparkling wine instead.
Orange liqueur - We suggest using Cointreau or Triple Sec, but there are other orange-flavored liqueurs out there. Use your favorite!
Simple Syrup - Use your own homemade Simple Syrup (it's SO easy to make in a few minutes!) or you could buy simple syrup at most stores.
OPTIONAL: lime wedge or lime wheel and citrus zest salt for a salt rim. For the salt, simply add some lemon or orange zest to your favorite finishing salt and shake or stir to combine. Then coat the rim of the glass.
✅ Step-by-step instructions
Into a large pitcher, pour in the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, Champagne, and simple syrup. Stir to combine, then pour into glasses.
If desired, garnish the rim with citrus zest salt or regular salt, and with a lime slice or wedge.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Of course! You don't have to use official Champagne, you can use any sparkling wine that you love.
Substitute non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider, lemon lime soda, or even ginger ale for the Champagne.
Yes! Feel free to whip up a pitcher the morning of your party and keep chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve. It's best not to make this more than 6 hours before serving, and be sure to give the mixture a good stir just before serving.
🍹Kitchen tools and equipment
You really only need one kitchen tool to make this cocktail. No cocktail shaker required!
Large pitcher - You'll need a large pitcher to mix all of the ingredients together. You can use a large carafe, or even a large bowl if you're in a pinch.
Glasses - You could serve this delicious cocktail in regular margarita glasses. But I like to serve these in highball glasses. I think the height adds a touch of elegance to the cocktail.
🍽 What to serve with champagne margaritas?
If you're serving these for Cinco de Mayo or any other summer celebration, try serving these champagne margaritas with our Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas or our Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas. These cocktails are also delicious with Mexican Lasagna or these Easy Shrimp Tacos.
Want a yummy dessert to go with your Cinco de Mayo spread? Try these fun and super tasty Tropical Margarita Popsicles!
More cocktail recipes
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 cup silver tequila
- ½ cup orange liqueur
- 1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling wine
- simple syrup
- OPTIONAL: lime wedges and salt for the rim
- In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients. Stir well. Pour evenly into two glasses. If desired, garnish with a lime wedge and salt around the rim.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.