Celebrate Spooky season with this Spooky Halloween Margarita!
Halloween or spooky season is one of my favorite seasons! Also the fact that my daughter was born on Halloween it makes it more special.
We love to watch our favorite movies Hocus Pocus, Halloween, Chucky, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloweentown, Nightmare Before Christmas (even though there is an eternal debate if this is either a Halloween or a Christmas movie!) and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
Dressing up with a must and I make all the party foods! Check out this Halloween Spooky Charcuterie board! One of the best cocktails I have made through out the years is this Spooky Halloween Margarita. Consist of Fresh lemon and lime juice, simple syrup, Tequila Añejo and Activated Charcoal.
What is Activated Charcoal?
To start, Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits or sawdust.
Second, the charcoal is activated by being processed at very high temperatures this changes its internal structure, reducing the size of its pores, therefore resulting in a charcoal that is more porous than regular charcoal.
You have seen many products in the market with the Activated Charcoal Label like face creams and masks, toothpaste, and deodorants.
For this recipe I am using Anthony's Goods Activated Charcoal Ultra Fine and Gluten Free powder.
Lastly, Activated Charcoal is not dangerous to consume, however, I use it sporadically in cocktails or foods.
What do I need to make this Spooky Halloween Margarita?
*Recipe Card below for exact measurement on ingredients*
This cocktail is super easy and it is so much fun to make. I used a short list of ingredients that I had on hand at home. I also provide with substitutions. Let's get to it!
You will need:
- Lemon and Lime Juice - This time of year the lemons and limes are expensive. So if you can't find OR don't want to spend the outrageous price you can always use Real Lemon and Lime Bottled juice.
- Simple Syrup - it is so easy to make at home. Add 1 cup of water and one cup of sugar into a saucepan in low heat until sugar is dissolved. Cool off and pour into a container refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
- Tequila - I like Reposado or Añejo tequila in a lot of my cocktails. For this recipe Añejo works but you can always use the tequila you have on hand.
- Activated Charcoal - This will give the margarita its black spooky color. You only need ¼ tsp.
- Purple Sugar - I used Wilton purple sugar, its fine and it sticks easy to the rim. If you prefer salt, that works too.
- Edible Glitter - I love using glitter in my cocktails it gives them a nice shimmery hue especially in the photos. I used a dash, no need to overdo it!
- Dried Citrus - I buy bags of dried fruit and I have them for garnishing. Here I used dried orange slices.
The Mixology in the Spooky Halloween Margarita:
Prepare: In a shallow plate sprinkle about 1 tsp of purple sugar. Slide a lemon wedge around the rim then dip glass into sugar mix. Then in a cocktail shaker add the lime and lemon juice, Tequila añejo, simple syrup and the activated charcoal.
Shake: add 3-4 ie cubes and shake vigorously about 10 times until its frothy.
Pour: Strain the drink into prepared glass. Add a dash of edible glitter and stir.
Garnish: Use a Dried Orange to garnish drink.
Most Frequent Asked Questions:
- What can I use instead of Activated Charcoal?
I have used Black food coloring in the past. Use about 1 or 2 drops. I use McCormick black food coloring. You can also make your own black food coloring at home. Add equal parts of Red, Yellow and Blue mix until it turns black.
2. Can I use Sweet and Sour Mix?
You certainly can but I try to stay away from pre made mixes, they tend to be super sour and full of artificial flavoring. Like I said before always use actual lime and lemons if not then use Real Lemon concentrate.
3. What Brand of Tequila is the best for this cocktail?
Telling you what brand of Tequila is the best it's kind of difficult because we all have different tastes and preferences, but I am going to recommend a few anyways:
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Spooky Halloween Margarita
- Cocktail Shaker + Jigger
- Measuring Spoon
- Cutting Board + Knife
- Margarita or specialty cocktail glass
- 1 Lemon juiced
- 1 Lime Juiced
- ½ oz Simple Syrup (recipe below)
- 1 ½ oz Tequila Añejo
- ¼ tsp Activated Charcoal
- Purple Sugar For rim
- Dried orange slice
- Edible Glitter
- In a shallow plate spread colored sugar. Run a lime wedge around the rim. Dip the glass in the sugar until rim is well coated. Set aside.
- In a cocktail shaker add about 4 ice cubes.
- Using the jigger add lime and lemon juices, simple syrup, Tequila añejo and Activated charcoal.
- Shake vigorously until its frothy (about 10 times).
- In the prepared glass add a few ice cubes and pour your margarita. Add a dash of edible glitter, stir and garnish with dried orange slice.