SPARKLING GINGER MARGARITA
Prep: 10 minutes Chill: 2 hours Makes: 8 cocktails
Adapted from “Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles and Snacks.”
16 thin slices fresh ginger, unpeeled, coarsely chopped
8 fresh kaffir lime leaves, halved lengthwise, optional
1 ½ cups 100 percent blue agave blanco tequila
½ cup fresh Key lime juice
½ cup orange curacao or other triple sec
¼ cup ginger agave syrup, see recipe
1 cup sparkling wine
1. Muddle ginger and half the kaffir leaves, if using, in the bottom of a pitcher. Add tequila, lime juice, curacao and syrup. Stir; refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
2. Fill cocktail shaker half full with ice. Pour in 2/3 cup margarita mixture, including a small amount of muddled ginger and lime leaf. Shake; strain into two martini glasses. Top each with sparkling wine. Repeat with remaining mixture. Slap each leaf between your palms to release aroma. Float a piece atop each drink.
GINGER AGAVE SYRUP: Heat ½ cup light agave syrup or simple syrup, 2 tablespoons water and ¼ cup finely chopped, unpeeled ginger in a saucepan over medium heat. When mixture reaches a simmer, time for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature; strain.
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