This Halloween margarita is a fun addition to any Halloween party! It can easily be customized to be either on the rocks or blended with ice for a nice slushy consistency.
We haven’t hosted a Halloween party in quite a few years due to life and *waves arms dramatically* everything going on, but I used to love hosting them with different themes and coming up with chilling cocktails and food recipes to serve my guests.
For this Halloween margarita, I wanted the end results to be orange and black to go with the Halloween theme.
Rather than the standard margarita salt to rim the glass, I picked up a pouch of black salt for an extra festive addition. There are lots of different black salt options from finely ground to a more course sea salt option.
This Halloween margarita can be prepared two different ways – shaken in a cocktail shaker, or blended with 1/2 cup of ice for a blended version.
Over the summer, I discovered reposado Tequila and it quickly became a favorite. It is great with flavored Fresca for a quick cocktail, or in a bit more complex recipe such as this Halloween margarita.
For this Halloween margarita I picked orange as my flavor as it would provide the color I wanted. Since a classic margarita takes lime juice to add acid and tartness into the cocktail, a simple swap for orange juice is an easy way to make it an orange flavored margarita.
My preference is always to make my margaritas with real fruit juice or whole fruits rather than a flavored syrup when possible. For this one I did add a pump of orange flavored syrup to make the color and flavor a bit more distinct.
The first step of making a Halloween margarita is to add the salt to the glass. Pour some salt onto a small plate, and simple syrup into a second small plate. I used the candy corn simple syrup from my layered candy corn martini. Dip the rim into the simple syrup and then directly into the salt. Rub it around the salt, making sure to get all the simple syrup covered.
For a classic rocks margarita, add ice, 1.5oz tequila, 3 oz orange juice, and 0.5oz simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into the margarita glass filled with ice.
If you’re wanting to blend the Halloween margarita, simply add all the liquid ingredients into blender and then pour into the margarita glass. For one-off cocktails, I love using my blendjet as it is the perfect size and strength for a single blended cocktail. If I’m making these for a group I’ll pull out my large vitamix.
Extra Halloween spookiness can be added to this margarita with the garnish. Some options include a raspberry sauce dripped onto the inside of the glass before adding the margarita, a kumquat with a candy eyeball attached with frosting, candy gummies such as worms or spiders, or rum soaked dark cherries.
- 1.5 ounce Tequila
- 3 ounce Orange Juice
- 0.5 ounce Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup of Ice
- Simple Syrup & Black Salt for Garnish
- Optional: 1 Pump Orange Coffee Syrup
Pour a small amount of simple syrup onto a plate or wide container
Add black salt onto another plate
Rub the glass into the simple syrup, ensuring that the entire rim is covered. Then dip the glass into the black salt, covering the simple syrup on the rim
For a standard margarita, add the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker, shake, and then strain over the glass filled with ice.
For a blended margarita, add the remaining ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the previously rimmed glass.
If a stronger orange color or flavor is desired, add 1 pump of orange coffee syrup to the mixture.
Halloween cocktails seem to be extra fun to create because of the “extras” that fit so easily with the holiday. Over the past few years, I’ve enjoyed creating cocktails that feature dry ice for a spooky feel, and also a variety of cocktails that will glow under black-light.