This ghoulish Margarita is a simple Halloween margarita with tequila, triple-sec and red wine float. Served in glass with hot red chili and lime wheel.
A perfect Margarita is pure joy. Its harmonious combination of earthy tequila, tart lime , orange liqueur and sweetener hit all the right notes. But when you crave a more impish cocktail, the Ghoulish Margarita is here for you. And you don’t have to wait until Halloween to drink it.
This ghoulish Margarita will wake up your senses with tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup.
What is perfect margarita?
A margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice often served with salt on the rim of the glass.
Traditional recipe is 1-2-3; 1 part Cointreau, 2 parts fresh squeezed lime juice, 3 parts Tequilas. Shake with ice and strain into glass.
You can also make margarita with Mezcal yes both Tequila and Mezcal are from agave plant.
A blanco or silver tequila is bottled and sold immediately – or up to a period of 60 days – after the second distillation when the liquid is clear. But a Reposado (rested) or Añejo (aged) tequila must be aged in oak for a longer period before it’s bottled.
How to make Ghoulish Margarita
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You need following ingredients to make this
Tequila: Use best quality tequila (I used El Destilador Reposado)
Triple sec/ Cointreau: You can interchange these.
Lime juice: Use freshly squeezed lime juice
Red wine: I used St. James Velvet Red you can use your favorite red wine
For rim: Smoky paprika and coarse salt.
Garnish: lime wheel and two red chilies
See recipe card for quantities.
Add lime juice
To this add tequila, triple sec, simple syrup and ice.
Finally float the red wine.
Hint: leave a useful hint here, like let the grill run for 4-5 minutes to burn off any remnants, then clean it. I like to use this bristle-free barbecue brush (affiliate link) for cleaning the grill.
You can use any favorite tequila
Use either triple sec or Cointreau as both are interchangeable
Instead of simple syrup use agave
To float on top of liquid you need to use dry red wine. Which adds texture, acidity, and an intriguing hue.
Here is another unique version of Prickly Pear Margarita on my website!
How to make in pitcher of the Ghoulish margarita
If you are planning to use sweet wine. Then you can mix in margarita and wine together.
To get float and separate layering I recommend mixing up the margarita portion of the drink and store. When you are ready to serve pour into individual glasses . Then add the wine layer just before you’re ready to serve in single cups!
For a pitcher, you can multiply everything by eight!
- 14 ounces tequila
- 8 ounces lime juice
- 4 ounces simple syrup
- 4 ounces red wine
Combine all these ingredients in a large pitcher, then stir well with a wooden spoon or whisk! Store in the fridge until ready to pour, float, and serve!
Points to remember while making Ghoulish Margarita
- Make sure to do not put ice in the glass as it melts quickly and dilutes flavor by half.
- Chill your glasses for freezer for a few minutes before you make the margaritas. This keeps the drinks colder for longer.
- Customize it. The best thing you can mess around with ratios. Like a stronger drink? Use more tequila. Prefer it sweeter? Add more simple syrup use sweet red wine. It’s all up to you!
Ghoulish Margarita / Halloween Margarita
- 1.5 ounces Tequila
- 1 ounce freshly Squeezed lime juice
- ½- ounce Triple Sec
- ½ Simple syrup
- ½ ounce red wine
- Salt and Chili for the rim
- Red Chili
- Lemon wheel
- Rub the rim of a chilled glass with the lime wedge. Dip the rim of the glass salt and chili to coat it.
- Pour the lime juice, Tequila, Triple Sec, and simple syrup mix into a shaker filled with ice cubes and shake 5 to 7 times.
- Pour the margarita into the glass .
- Float the red wine using back of spoon.
- Garnish with halved red chilies and lemon wheel
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.