Why didn’t we come up with this simple and effervescent tequila sparkler? The Hill Team enjoys both tequila and sparkling wine very much. Once, the Tandem Tasters built an entire Thanksgiving feast with a tequila theme. Our choice was Senor Rio pure agave tequila.

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This recipe is by Joanna Weir, author, teacher and PBS star. Joanne adds her own twists on traditional Mexican dishes in the May, 2011, issue of Better Homes and Gardens. For example, Joanna’s recipe for hot and chunky guacamole, has the addition of peas. Maralyn and I learned this trick years ago from the exceptional Mexican chefs at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. Fresh peas (or broccoli) add a light texture to guacamole.

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Incidentally, the Tandem Tasters will return to “The Ranch” in 2012, to bring back many more innovative dishes. We are celebrating our return to this award winning wellness spa with this cocktail.

Sparkling Margaritas

Ingredients

1 cup blanco (white) tequila

2/3 lime juice

1/3 cup agave nectar

Sparkling wine or champagne, about 1-1/2 cups

Lime peel strips or very thin lime slices.

Method

In a cocktail shaker combine half the tequila, lime juice and agave nectar with plenty of ice.

Shake for 5 seconds and strain into three glasses.

Repeat with remaining tequila, juice and nectar.

Top each serving with sparkling wine.

Add a lime peel strip.

Add additional lime juice to taste.

Makes 6 servings