Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Tequila & Mezcal Cocktails

Lone Ranger

A pale yellow effervescent cocktail served in a highball glass and garnished with a manicured lemon twist; drink is shown on a dark wood surface against a black background
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Tequila and sparkling wine (especially rosé) aren’t often served in the same glass, but the Lone Ranger proves that freshly-squeezed lemon can tie it all together in a bright, citrusy bow. Think of this cocktail as an older, more sophisticated sister to the Tequila Soda, or perhaps a French 75 highball with a Mexican twist. The French 75 itself, which can be made with either cognac or gin, is a testament to the fact that there are no real limits to which spirits can successfully complement sparkling wines—plus, any cocktail with acclaimed bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s name behind it is bound to be a winner.


  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce rich simple syrup
  • 2 ounces brut rosé sparkling wine
  • Garnish: lemon twist


  1. Add the tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.

  2. Open the shaker and add the sparkling wine.

  3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.