Sparkling Ginger and Lime Margaritas are the perfect addition to your Cinco De Mayo menu, or really for any time of year. If you haven’t tried ginger in a cocktail, I am here to convert you. Fresh ginger imparts an incredibly refreshing flavor, and almost a hint of spice to your drink, which is a fun take on the ever-trendy spicy margarita. I developed this recipe after my friends and I were shocked at how delicious the ginger margaritas were at an LA restaurant a few years ago, and my take is always a crowd pleaser. The combination of fresh ginger, ice-cold tequila, and fresh lime juice tastes so much better than any storebought mix. Trust. Add some sparkling water for some fizz, and serve alongside tacos, chips, and guac.
I add ginger to this recipe by making a ginger simple syrup. It’s very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. In fact, I developed the simple syrup to taste pretty similar to those intense ginger shots you can buy at a health food store for a punchy kick. As a note, you could make your simple syrup a few nights before you plan on making drinks, as it keeps in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Sub ginger beer in place of the simple syrup as a shortcut – works like a charm.
Sparkling Ginger + Lime Margaritas
Ginger Simple Syrup
- 3 Ounces fresh ginger ok to keep the peel on
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sweetener of your choice such as sugar, honey, maple syrup, or date syrup
Sparkling Ginger + Lime Margaritas
- 1 and 1/2 Ounces chilled silver tequila
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice about the juice of one half lime
- 1 and 1/2 Ounces ginger simple syrup OR store-bought ginger beer
- 6 ounces chilled unsweetened lime flavored sparkling water
- Additional lime wedge or sliced disc of lime for serving
- Salt - see below note to learn how to make a salt rim on your glass.
Make the Ginger Simple Syrup
- First, prepare the simple syrup by roughly chopping up the ginger into small pieces, or grating it, and combining it with the water and sweetener in a small saucepan.
- Warm everything over medium heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally until the sweetener has dissolved. Remove the pan from heat and let it sit, steep, and cool for 30 minutes. Pour the entire simple syrup mixture into a high powered blender and blend until almost completely smooth. Strain it over a fine mesh strainer into a jar.
- **The simple syrup makes just over 8 ounces, which is enough for 5 margaritas. Below, I’m sharing how to make one cocktail, so you’ll have leftover simple syrup on hand. You could easily scale up the amounts of tequila, lime juice, and sparkling water for however many people you want and it’d make a great pitcher cocktail, just be sure to add the sparkling water right before serving.
- To a chilled glass, add the tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup and give everything a gentle stir. Top with sparkling water, and several ice cubes.
- Garnish with lime, and enjoy!
A few tips for taking your margarita makin’ to the next level:
- Keep the tequila and your glass(es) in the freezer to get them nice and chilled.
- You’ll also want to pop your sparkling water in the fridge ahead of time, and make sure you’ve got a couple of ice cubes in the freezer for your drink.
- To add a salt rim, run a lime wedge over the rim of your glass, and dip the top of your glass into a plate with a pile of salt on it before pouring the ingredients into your glass.
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This recipe is part of a collaboration to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, hosted by Kate Ramos of Hola Jalapeño! Every year Kate organizes #margaritaweek, seven festive days of sharing all kinds of delicious margarita recipes.Be sure to check out all of the fabulous and festive recipes over at the Margarita Week page, cheers!