This Spiced Clementine Margarita is a great way to bring a little bit of summer flavor into the fall.
With Izze Clementine Soda, this margarita has tons of citrus flavor combined with seasonal spices and can be enjoyed even when the fresh fruit is out of season.
If you’re a fan of easy cocktails, this twist on the classic margarita is sure to be your new favorite.
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Sometimes ideas for a cocktail float around in my head. I’ll just get fixated on something and I can’t move on until I make it and see if it tastes just as good as I think it will.
I’ve been really loving tequila lately and wanted to see if I could do a fall twist on a classic margarita recipe.
So I created this Spiced Clementine Margarita Recipe.
In California, our fall weather is more like the dead of summer.
Bright, citrus flavors paired with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and clove, are still super refreshing but trick the mind into thinking you should put a sweater on.
How to make a Clementine Margarita
The ingredients are simple. Izze Sparkling Clementine (one of the easiest to find flavors – your welcome) is the star of the show.
It has 70% juice and carbonated water giving it a little bit of fizz and a great pairing for tequila.
You can use fresh clementine juice if you prefer you may just need to adjust the other flavors to make it taste balanced.
But the soda tastes delicious every single time. So easy.
I typically prefer a blanco tequila, but for this recipe, you can use a reposado to add a little more flavor.
But you can absolutely use whatever you have on hand.
I’m a big believer that you don’t need to have a huge bar at home to make great drinks. I really don’t think using a different type of tequila will change the flavor of the overall drink that much.
The spices in this cocktail are bold flavors. Feel free to change them up or change measurements based on your flavor preferences!
Also, in the image above I accidentally grabbed whole cloves but you need ground.
Rim the cocktail glass
I’m not a huge fan of rimmed cocktails. But this margarita is tasty with this spiced sugar on just a small portion.
Before you make the cocktail, use a small piece of citrus (you can use the lime before you squeeze it for the drink) and rub it on the part of the glass you want the sugar to stick to.
Then just dip the wet edge into the spiced sugar. I bought the spiced sugar but you can easily make your own by mixing together the same spices you use for this drink along with a little bit of white sugar.
Or skip it altogether.
Make the drink
Add the tequila to the cocktail shaker.
Follow that with fresh lime juice.
In a pinch, you could use bottled lime juice, but fresh lime juice is the best thing to use for cocktails.
Add the spices.
If you don’t love one of the four spices I used, you can just leave it out.
Add ice to the shaker and shake the heck out of it.
Strain it over fresh ice in the rimmed cocktail glass. I love being able to see the little specks of spices.
Top with a few ounces of Izze Clementine Soda.
Use a bar spoon to gently mix everything together for the perfect fall cocktail idea.
Garnish, or don’t. With the sugared rim you really don’t need to.
But fresh rosemary is so good! The way it hits your nose as you bring the glass to your lips…
You can make this cocktail straight in the glass, but I love to do the first part in the cocktail shaker to mix the spices really well and make sure it’s extra chilled.
Just make sure to not put the Izze soda in the cocktail shaker or it may explode.
Make a bunch
One bottle of Izze will be enough for 4 cocktails so this is easy to batch and make a bunch. Just pre-mix the spices together and juice a bunch of lime juice.
This recipe was originally shared in Dec. 2011 but I just updated it to rewrite the recipe and redo the photos. If you came in from Pinterest, it might have been from this image.
More margaritas to check out
- This Strawberry Basil Margarita uses a flavored simple syrup to give it in-you-face strawberry flavor!
- A Cucumber Margarita is refreshing and tastes like you should be sipping it on a beach in Mexico.
- This is the Best Frozen Margarita made with Limeade. It’s just a few ingredients and makes enough for several servings. For yourself. Because you won’t want to share.
Spiced Clementine Margarita
- In a cocktail shaker add the tequila, lime juice, agave syrup and spices.
- Add ice and shake well.
- Strain into a short cocktail glass over fresh ice.
- Top with cold Izze Clementine Soda.
- Use a bar spoon to give a stir.
- Garnish if desired and enjoy!
This simple, refreshing Spiced Clementine Margarita recipe is quick and easy and perfect to share with friends. Pin to save this recipe for later.