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Since moving to Southern California, there are a few things I’ve had to get used to. The traffic, the lack of edible pizza, and the slow, laid back pace of living out here. But if there’s one thing I certainly don’t mind about living out here, it’s the margaritas! (And, if we’re being honest, I don’t hate the burritos either!)
When I found out about National Rosé Day, I knew I wanted to develop a margarita recipe that incorporated my favorite Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé. This Sparkling Rosé is the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s created using a blend of Chardonnay, Glera grapes, and Malbec to create a vibrant, refreshing bouquet of flavors.
Upon first sip, I tasted a very crisp floral/fruity note, which is why I knew I needed to incorporate the sweet juice of a grapefruit into this recipe. Trust me when I say this Sparkling Rosé is a laid back, easy-drinking wine. It would be hard to find someone who wouldn’t appreciate a bottle of this at their next occasion, and not to mention it’s the perfect drink for your next girl’s night in! Pink and bubbly? It’s a yes from me!
I had a real good time taste testing this recipe to make sure it was just right….like I said, easy-drinking! I wonder, how do professional mixologists do this all day long? I totally envy their tolerance level, ha.
Anyway, I think the recipe came out perfect! Mildly sweet but with a refreshing citrus twist to accompany the bubbly Rosé. I can’t wait to serve this at my next summer get together! Be sure to look for Santa Margherita wines at your local Kroger, or you can find them at drug and supercenter stores.
Keep reading for the full Sparkling Rosé Grapefruit Margarita recipe.
Sparkling Rose Grapefruit Margaritas
(makes two margaritas)
- 5 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (you can use bottled juice, but fresh is always best!)
- 2 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice (about one small lime)
- 1 tsp. honey
- 6 oz. Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé
- 1 oz. tequila
- Pink Himalayan salt for rim
- Rosemary sprig for garnish (optional)
- First, rub your margarita glasses with a lime wedge to get the rim wet. Dip the rim into the crushed Himalayan salt. Fill the glass with crushed ice.
- Now, to prepare the cocktail, add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, honey, and tequila to a cocktail shaker. Give it a good stir. *Note, it’s ideal to use room temp juices to allow the honey to combine well into the mixture. If the juices are too cold, the honey will not blend.
- Add the Sparkling Rosé to the mixture. Do not shake at this point because if you do, you’ll release all the bubbly goodness of the rosé.
- Pour the mixture over the ice. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.