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These fizzy lime margaritas with seltzer are crisp, refreshing, and perfect for afternoon sipping! With an effervescent, lighter spin on the classic margarita, these invigorating cocktails are perfect for a moment of relaxation on the patio or to make a pitcher to share with friends.
For another bubbly margarita, make this champagne margarita next!
Making your margarita with seltzer makes it a lot lighter, less boozy, and slightly fizzy! Tart lime, strong tequila, and fizzy soda water come together to make a refreshing summer cocktail. This would be equally as good sipped on your backyard patio as it would on a beach in Mexico!
Keep it light and refreshing, with this fizzy lime margarita with seltzer. No icky lime cordial or tubs of premade margarita mix here! You can make these using agave syrup instead of simple syrup so it has no refined sugars. Gather these simple ingredients:
- Tequila: Select the best quality tequila in your budget.
- Bubbly water: Any sparkling water, seltzer, bubbly water, or club soda works in this recipe.
- Other ingredients: Fresh lime juice and lime zest, agave syrup, and sea salt.
How to make a fizzy lime margarita
Ready to be the most popular person at the party? For a cocktail that's so fun and bubbly, it's also refreshingly simple! Just salt the rim, shake, and serve! This is how it's done:
- Lime salt rim: Mix the lime zest into the salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass with a cut piece of lime then roll it through the salt – it totally changes your fizzy margarita experience!
- Shake: Pour some tequila, lime juice, and agave over ice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar, and shake well! Pour your margarita into the rimmed glass, garnish with some lime slices, and top it off with your seltzer!
A great margarita starts with great tequila! When it comes to crafting the perfect margarita, many opt for blanco tequila. Tequila is categorized into three main age groups: blanco (also known as silver), reposado (rested), and añejo (aged). Blanco offers a clean and crisp profile, reposado introduces subtle oak notes for added depth, and añejo boasts rich and complex flavors developed through extended aging.
For margaritas, we recommend blanco tequila! Aim for the best quality tequila within your budget. Popular brands such as Patron, Jose Cuervo, Don Julio, and El Jimador are trusted options. If you're unsure which tequila to choose, don't hesitate to seek advice from the knowledgeable staff at your local liquor store.
What to serve with fizzy lime margarita
Don't wait til Cinco de Mayo to enjoy your lime margarita with seltzer – these go down just great on sunny days, warm evenings, taco nights, and just because!
Fizzy lime margaritas are refreshing, and the bubbly citrus notes complement Mexican dishes, seafood, heartier proteins, or lighter meals like salads. Here are some of our top picks:
- Mexican: Serve these up with guacamole and chips, baja fish tacos or steak tacos (or any tacos), green chicken enchiladas, or sweet potato nachos.
- Seafood: The citrus notes complements seafood such as grilled shrimp skewers, sheet pan salmon, or baked coconut shrimp.
- Hearty contrast: If you're eating heavier mains, lighten things up with a refreshing lime margarita with seltzer! This works well with bourbon steak, braised pork ribs, or a rack of lamb.
- Salads: Keep things crisp and refreshing by serving up a fizzy lime margarita beside your corn and avocado salad, a kale apple salad, or an avocado cucumber salad.
How do I make a pitcher?
This lime margarita with seltzer works just great for a party. Add 2 cups of tequila, 1 cup of lime juice, and ⅓ cup of agave to a large pitcher with ice. Stir until the agave dissolves then top with soda water.
Can I make it spicy?
Sure! If you like a spicy margarita, a simple thing to do is add spice to the salt rim. Sprinkle some tajin into the mix! Or, add some sliced jalapeno to your margarita.
What is the best glass to serve lime seltzer margaritas in?
Margaritas are typically served in an oversized curved bowl glass with a wide rim, like this one. Our preference is to use a short, rocks glass. You can also use a tall glass, such as a Collins glass or a highball glass if you'd like to add more seltzer. Another option is to serve them in stemless wine glasses. There's really no wrong way to serve a margarita with seltzer!
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 teaspoons agave syrup
- Bubbly water (to taste (see notes))
- ½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Stir the lime zest into the salt and then place the lime salt on a plate. Wet the rim of a glass with a cut piece of lime then roll the wet edge of the glass through the lime salt.½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest, 1 tablespoon sea salt
- Add the tequila, lime juice, and agave over ice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar and shake well.2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons agave syrup
- Pour your margarita into the rimmed glass and top with bubbly water.Bubbly water
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