Spiced Clementine Margarita with Izze Soda

Before you get to see the recipe for the margarita, you must go vote for my craft first!  It is the one called “The Dangling Glacier” because, well, it sort of looks like that and I’m really terrible at coming up with names for things.  I appreciate your support!

In the middle of our crafting session for the above mentioned craft challenge, I decided to use Lauren as a tester for a cocktail recipe that had been floating around in my head.  In talking to my pal, Julie G., she suggested a margarita since we are straight up west coast after all and our holidays are much warmer than other parts of our country.  I decided that to make it more winter-y, it needed to be spiced and with that as the base, I began shimmy shaking up cocktails.  In the middle of the afternoon.  So.

The ingredients are simple.  Izze Sparkling Clementine (one of the easiest to find flavors – your welcome), a fine tequila, such as Camarena, and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and clove.

I made this a few times and think you will need to tweak the spices to find your sweet spot.  For Lauren and I, we liked the clove to stand out.  But if you are not a fan of cloves I suggest starting with a pinch and adding on from there.  Here is the recipe:

Spiced Clementine Margarita with Izze Sparkling Clementine Soda {serves 2 ish}

2 oz. Tequila

1 oz. lime juice (I used the cute little green squeezey bottle from the store as lately my limes have been looking super sad but I would prefer fresh lime juice)

5 oz. Izze Sparkling Clementine Soda

1 oz. agave syrup (it is a sweetener in liquid form.  I love to use it in drink recipes as you don’t need to stir until any granules dissolve.  It is easily found at most stores and Trader Joe’s also has a great version)

1/8 tsp. cardamom

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1/16 tsp. nutmeg

1/8 tsp. clove

In a cocktail shaker add the tequila, lime juice, agave syrup and spices.  Shake it up.  Add ice to the top and shake again.  Add cold Izze Clementine Soda and give another, gentle shake {note:  this is a carbonated beverage.  It will blow the top right off the cocktail shaker if you are not careful.  If you prefer, you can stir in the soda instead of potentially producing a soda volcano}  Pour through the strainer in to two glasses.

I am a total lightweight but I think next time I make this I will up the tequila a bit.

You guys, this is super yummy!  In fact, I’m going to have another one or three tonight.

I also decided to try a cocktail with the Izze Sparkling Blackberry Soda.  But I didn’t have any more of the soda to shoot photos of the cocktail so the above will have to do.

Izze Sparkling Blackberry and Rosemary Margarita

2 oz. tequila

1/2 oz. lime juice

5 oz. Izze Sparkling Blackberry Soda

1 oz. agave syrup

2 sprigs fresh rosemary

cheesecloth (just a little square, enough to cover the strainer part of the cocktail shaker)

Add tequila and lime juice to cocktail shaker.  Take rosemary off the stem and add to cocktail shaker.  Muddle the rosemary (HINT TO FAMILY:  I really hope someone gets me an actual muddler for Christmas.  I felt really silly using the end of my ice cream scooper in front of Lauren).  Add agave syrup and ice to shaker.  Shake it up.  Add blackberry soda and gently shake or stir {again, use caution, the carbonation will wreck your world if you aren’t careful}.  Place the cheesecloth over the shaker strainer and pour in to two glasses.

If you try these let me know if you made any modifications!  I think they are pretty delicious but I am by no means a seasoned cocktail creator.

Thank you to Izze for inviting me to be in their craft challenge!!

Remember this craft I did with Izze previously?


all photos are mine

I was given Izze soda.  All opinions are mine.  I can’t be bought with soda.




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