Cinco de Mayo just got a little fancier. These Tropical Margaritas will be the hit at any summer get together. They are smooth and naturally sweetened with freshly squeezed juices. This is a drink that is super refreshing and dangerously delicious!
Say hello to your new summer drink. These bad boys are loaded with freshly squeezed juices which add a bit of extra fun to the preparation process! These are great Cinco de Mayo Margaritas. These sparkling margaritas are perfectly sweet and go down nice and easy. Pair them with my Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos, and this Mango Guacamole! for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
I have to say the first batch of pineapple lime margaritas I tested did not go down very smoothly. They were grossly strong and basically tasted like watered down tequila. Not. Good. Personally, I dumped mine down the sink but Adam still bravely sipped on his throughout the night. I think it took him 3 hours to finish it- not a great sign. I was ready to give up on my bartending dream but I went back to the drawing board and these beautiful tropical margaritas were born.
How to make homemade margaritas?
It’s actually quite simple. Well, especially the recipe for these Sparkling Margaritas. I’m a huge lover of fresh juice and so I decided to incorporate some tropical juices in with tequila. I mean pineapple juice and tequila just screams Cinco de mayo party.
I go down to Mexico most years, to a place called La Ventana. It’s where windsurfers and kiters from all around the world come to sail in the winter months. One of my favourite things about this place is that there is a local man who comes and sells fresh juice. He makes a carrot-orange juice and a beet- apple one. They are amazing. We’ve been known to mix these amazing juices with tequila for happy hour, which I why I decided to do the same back in Canada.
If you don’t have time or the patience to squeeze your own juice, you can buy orange and pineapple juice from the stores, but fresh is best. With the citrus juices, tequila, Grand Marnier, and the sparkling water, these tropical margaritas take me back to the beaches of Baja. They make for a refreshing summer drink that might take the edge off after a busy day at the office.
Here are some reasons why I love these Tropical Margaritas, so listen up!
- The added splash of sparkling water makes these margaritas just a little more fancy and fun. I’m a big fan of anything bubbly! Adam says two things that always remind him of me are Franks Red Hot Sauce and bubbly water. He knows me well. I have sparkling water every day and Franks on most days. I recently got a Soda Stream, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s dangerous though, cause now there is no limit for how much sparkling water I can drink in a day!
- You can now make a killer margarita in your own house without having to wait for a trip to Mexico to enjoy a good one. If you are craving a frozen pineapple margarita you could probably use 1 cup of frozen pineapple and blend all the ingredients together for more of a slush drink (but I have not tested this).
- These sparkling margaritas taste like sunshine in a cup. No, it really does. As us Canadians await the hot days of summer, this is really nice to sip on while still bundled up in our parkas (ok, I’m being dramatic, but c’ mon Summer!)
- And lastly, these pineapple lime margaritas aren’t loaded with any weird sweeteners that end up making you feel not so good later on. They are sweetened simply with fruit juices which is pretty cool. You could almost all your pineapple juice and tequila a health food, almost.
Happy Hour just got a little zestier. Super easy to whip up and super easy to sip. Start May off with a BANG as you enjoy these sparkling margaritas for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Or simply celebrate the start of the weekend with this tropical goodness.
- 1/2 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 cup pineapple juice (freshly produced or buy from the store)
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1/2 ounce grand marnier
- 1 cup sparkling water (1/2 cup for each portion- optional but makes it bubbly!)
- 1 lime (for the rims)
- sea salt (for the rims)
- Start by juicing your limes and oranges. I used roughly 2 1/2 limes and 2 naval oranges per drink. It’s a lot of juicing but actually kind of fun to make completely natural margaritas. I just used my citrus squeezer for the whole juicing process and it worked great!
- Add all the ingredients (except the sparkling water) to a jar or a shaker, and shake.
- Rub a lime wedge around the rim of two glasses. Pour a bunch of salt on a plate and lightly press the rim of the glasses into the salt.
- Pour the mixture evenly among the two glasses, then top with the sparkling water.
- The mixture will store nicely in the fridge but I would suggest not adding the sparkling water until just before you pour the margaritas. Make sure you shake the margarita mix well before dividing it up if it has been stored in the fridge for a little while.