Starting this last Friday of 2017 off right, with these Pineapple Margarita Sparklers.
Hard to believe this is the very last Friday of the year. Even though I’m sad to see 2017 go, I’m excited for all that 2018 has in store. Like a lot of you, I too have New Year’s goals, and this year my list is a mile long. I cannot wait to really start tackling it…starting with the return of Healthy January! So many new ideas for Half Baked Harvest, and so many fun projects in store. I’m both excited and nervous, but I can’t wait to get going. Is that totally nerdy? Probably, but whatever, I’m pretty happy to know what I want and to have a pretty clear vision in my head.
Is anyone else working on some New Year’s goals?
I always love hearing your feedback, comments, and suggestions, so if there’s anything you’d like to see more of in 2018, or if there’s anything that needs improving/fixing, please, please let me know. I want to make HBH the best it can be, so your suggestions are highly appreciated!
I’ve spent these past few days with my family, soaking up a little time off. I’ve also been making plenty of new drinks for the crew. Not going to lie, their favorites are pomegranate mules and mojitos, but when I made this margarita the other day, not a single person turned it down. And yes, they were gone within minutes.
Therefore, I think it’s safe to say the family loved these pineapple margaritas.
With New Year’s Eve just a couple of days away, I wanted to share these fun sparkling margaritas with you all. Normally, I would have posted this drink on Saturday (I almost did, but I have another post in store for tomorrow), but I wanted to be sure to give you all proper time to plan. Because let’s be honest, all New Year’s Eve parties need a great margarita, right?!
Yes, yes. They do.
This pineapple margarita is not your average margarita.
Because it’s New Year’s Eve, I really wanted an extra sparkly drink. I know champagne is the go-to for New Year’s Eve celebrations, but, if I’m being honest, I much prefer a fruity margarita topped off with some seltzer (as you can tell, I love carbonation). Enter this pineapple margarita sparkler, it’s pineapplely, filled with fresh juiced citrus, tequila, and then?
It’s topped off with a little champagne. Hey, it’s New Year’s Eve, anything goes…
Here’s how this pitcher style margarita works. Muddle a generous amount of fresh pineapple with both lime and lemon juice, strain, add tequila and a good splash Grand Marnier (my favorite cocktail mixer of the moment), and chill. Then add champagne, and serve up in chipotle chili salt rimmed glasses, so fun!
Drink up, and cheers to 2018!
Pineapple Margarita Sparklers
Servings: 8 drinks
Calories Per Serving: 180 kcal
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- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup silver tequila
- 1/2 cup Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)
- 1 bottle (750 ml) champagne
- fresh mint, for serving
Chipotle Chili Salt
- 1/4 cup kosher or margarita salt
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- 1. In a blender, combine the pineapple, lime juice, and lemon juice and pulse to combine. Strain into a pitcher. Add the tequila and Grand Marnier. Chill until ready to serve. 2. Just before serving, add the champagne. Rim glasses with chili salt and divide the margaritas among glasses. Top with fresh or grilled pineapple slices and mint. Enjoy!
Chipotle Chili Salt
- 1. On a shallow plate, combine the salt and chili powder. Run a lime wedge around each glass and then rim the glasses in salt.
PS. the chipotle chili salted rim? It’s a must.