Love the idea of a margarita but not a tequila fan? This Vodka Margarita is the answer.
With all the refreshing taste of a classic margarita, this simple marg subs out the tequila for vodka and adds some bubbles, for a crisp cocktail that works perfectly on taco night.
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Vodka Margarita Ingredients
I highly recommend using fresh lime for the best flavor. You should get all the juice you need out of 1 lime, but you may want to use a second one for garnish.
Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Vodka. Who says you can’t make a margarita with vodka?!
- Triple sec. To add a little fruity flavor.
- Lime juice. You should be able to get enough lime juice for your cocktail out of just one lime, but if you want more for garnish, grab an extra!
- Agave. This will add sweetness to your cocktail.
- Sparkling water. For a refreshing fizzy finish.
- Tajin for the rim (optional). To give you that margarita flare.
- Ice. To keep it cool.
Vodka Margarita Tips and Tricks
Choosing Your Vodka
This cocktail has tons of fresh flavor, and is best off with a non-flavored vodka to allow those flavors to shine!
That being said, if you have a citrus-flavored vodka, that will work here in a pinch.
I used Tower Vodka for this cocktail and loved it!
Garnishing Your Rim
This part is optional, but if you want the ultimate margarita experience, it’s highly recommended! It’s simple to do. Just wet the rim of your glass with lime and then dip it into Tajin or salt.
You can put the Tajin on a plate, in a shallow bowl, or easiest of all—use a cocktail rimmer. I love using Tajin here—it’s such a great addition of salt and spice to the otherwise sweet margarita.
Green tip: Look for vodka and triple sec in glass bottles to reduce your contribution to plastic waste.
Don’t Shake Up Your Sparkling Water
I do recommend using a cocktail shaker for this recipe to help integrate all the ingredients together. That being said, shaking up carbonated drinks is never a good idea.
It will probably be a mess and it does tend to flatten it and cause you to lose those refreshing bubbles!
Use the cocktail shaker just to mix up the vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and agave, add that to a glass, and finish it off with your sparkling water
I love using agave in margaritas because it gives you that classic margarita taste! However, you can use any sweetener in place of it here. Use simple syrup, honey, or even molasses in the same amount in its place.
I use sparkling water here because it’s mild and allows the flavor of the triple sec and lime juice to really shine. However, if you’re a fan of club soda or tonic water, you can use either one of those in lieu of sparkling water.
Vodka Margarita Frequently Asked Questions
Can I substitute vodka for tequila in a margarita?
Yes! You can certainly substitute vodka for tequila in a margarita. I like to add a little bit of triple sec as well for the depth of flavor.
Can you mix vodka and tequila together?
While you can mix vodka and tequila together, it’s not a very common pairing.
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Why You Should Make This Vodka Margarita
- It’s refreshing. That fresh citrus and a hint of orange from the triple sec make for a super refreshing sip.
- It’s smooth. The strong alcohol is balanced by the other fresh flavors and sparkling water.
- The best of both worlds! All the fun of a margarita, but without that prevalent tequila taste.
If you’re loving this Vodka Margarita and you’re looking for more fun sips, check out these Mixology Cocktails To Try At Home and these Best Sangria Recipes.
Sparkling Vodka MargaritaPRINT PIN RATE
- Cocktail Rimmer (optional)
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce triple sec
- 1 ounce lime juice (1 oz usually = juice of 1 lime)
- ½ ounce agave nectar
- ½ cup ice
- 1 ounce sparkling water
- lime wedge for garnish (optional)
- Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a lowball glass and dip it in salt or Tajin. Add some ice to your glass.
- Add vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and agave to a cocktail shaker with more ice and shake for about 30 seconds.
- Pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into your glass and then top off with sparkling water.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy cold.
- Use unflavored vodka and fresh lime juice for the best results.
- If you prefer tonic water or club soda, you can substitute it for sparkling water.
- 1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons
- If you enjoyed this recipe, you gotta check out the full collection of my best margarita recipes!