Celery-Thyme Tequila Sparkler
Think that tequila and sparkling wine is a strange combination? Think again. This bubbly cocktail combines tequila, celery, herbs, and sparkling wine for a drink that’s perfect for bringing a little something extra to special occasions and the holidays.
Vegetal, green flavors might not be the first thing you think of when you imagine a sparkling wine cocktail, which usually veers toward the sweeter side. But the bright, fresh taste of tequila actually pairs beautifully with the earthy celery and the citrus notes that are often found in sparkling wine.
By muddling the celery with lemon juice, sugar, and thyme, you can extract its unique flavor without any of the stringy texture, and adding bubbles gives the whole drink a lovely lightness.
If you’re not familiar with muddling, don’t worry—it’s easy! All it means is smashing the ingredients together in a glass. Make sure to muddle the celery thoroughly to get the best flavor.
You can also make a more herbal version of this cocktail using gin in place of tequila. If you want to learn more about sparkling wines read Understanding the Difference Between Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava.
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 sprig thyme, stem removed
- 2 oz tequila
- Sparkling wine
- Combine sugar, lemon juice, celery, and thyme in a mixing glass and muddle.
- Add tequila and ice. Shake and strain into a flute. Top with sparkling wine.