A bloody margarita is exactly the Halloween cocktail you'll need this season! Margaritas is my top choice of drink, and this one particularly is the perfect drink for a good time alone, at a date night or with friends at a Halloween party!
It's a classic cocktail with a spooky and fun twist with the addition of red wine!
WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
This bloody margarita has fresh and natural ingredients, such as fresh lime juice and homemade simple syrup. The dry red wine is a great addition to the flavor profile balancing the sweet and sour flavors of the margarita. It doesn't take much time to put together! You're only a few minutes from a good time!
INGREDIENTS / SUBSTITUTIONS
- Tequila - I used YaVe's blanco tequila, but feel free to use any blanco tequila of your choice.
- Orange Liqueur - An orange liqueur, such as triple sec, cointreau, and even Grand Marnier, is a great way to add more flavors and alcohol, but this ingredient is totally optional. It's very commonly found in margaritas, but I don't usually add it because I like to keep it simple.
- Lime Juice - Fresh lime juice makes the drink, so it's almost a MUST. However, for convenience, you can get a bottle of lime juice. No judgement here.
- Simple Syrup - I made my own simple syrup. One part sugar and one part water. Once again, if you like, feel free to buy a bottle of simple syrup.
- Red Wine - I used a dry red wine - Cabernet Sauvignon. Other substitutions for this bloody effect are blood oranges, cranberry juice or hibiscus flower tea.
- Cocktail Shaker - Because there is syrup, we need a shaker to combine the drink, and shaking it up with the ice makes the drink cold and tastier!
- Cocktail Glasses - I used a wine glass because I wanted to see the red wine seeping down and thru the crushed ice, but feel free to use a margarita glass or other glassware.
- Jigger - I used a jigger for accurate measurements, but you can also use a shot glass or a measuring cup if you're making a pitcher.
Tequila - Instead of using tequila, feel free to use any spirit of your choice, such as vodka, mezcal or even bourbon. We're all about experimenting and having fun here.
Other Liqueurs - I didn't add orange liqueur to my cocktail, but if you like feel free to add it into your margarita for more flavors. It's a great way to give the flavor profile more complexity.
To create that layer effect, you must make sure that the top later (red wine) is less dense than the bottom layer (margarita). Since we used a dry red wine instead of a sweet one, it'll most definitely float on top. Also, using ice, especially crushed ice helps create the separation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To create layers in a drink, you have to make sure that each layer has a different density. The heavier layer will be on the bottom and lighter on top. Usually, the sweeter the drinker the more dense it is.