Devil’s Margarita

I was never a
cocktail girl until the last few years. Wine started to hit to hard as I aged, so I started to look for something that worked better for me.  I also have a friend on the island and a son-in-law back east who both are incredible at making cocktails. My friend on the island in particular sends me images of the different drinks he might try (or did try), and I try to make a few of them. The best of the best I present to my son-in-law when he is in town.  

The Devil's Margarita is one my friend on the island tried for Halloween.  Shortly after I made it for a get together and it was hands down a hit.  So I pulled it out when my son-in-law was here for Xmas (although he did the mixology for me AND snapped this great photo) and it was a hit again. Hence it is now in my arsenal of cocktails I can make when entertaining. 

While I am not a big red wine fan, the little layer of wine on top makes this cocktail both interesting to look at and unique to drink. The wine is also the perfect counterpart to the very citrus, margarita taste of the base underneath. I was surprised by how much I loved it. I understand why they named the cocktail Devil's Margarita, but I really would love to rename it.  It made for a beautiful presentation at Xmas as well. 

So here's your chance. Try to come up with a name you think would better reflect how versatile this cocktail is.  The red wine layer doesn't remind me of Halloween at all.  In fact the whole look really is more reminiscent of the upscale event or to serve at a holiday soiree.  Perhaps Santa's Margarita?


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Devil’s Margarita
You can find it on many websites. I snagged this recipe on

Ingredients - 

1-1/2 oz.            Blanco tequila (white tequila)
1 oz.                  Lime juice, freshly squeezed
3/4 oz.               Simple syrup (see below)
1/2 oz.               Red wine

Optional - Garnish with a lime wheel. This makes a fancier presentation, but I prefer it without. 

Instructions - 

Add the tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Float the red wine on top by slowly pouring it over the back of a bar spoon so it pools on the surface of the drink. OR you can lay a tablespoon on top of the liquid, drizzle the red wine onto it and slowly tip onto the drink.