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Hallows Eve Margarita

Aside from the culturally acceptable excuse to play dress-up, my favorite part of Halloween are the cute and festive snacks and drinks. And there’s no shortage of online recipes for genius hosting treats. Whether you’re looking for a way to make spooky mummified Oreos or need a creatively colorful drink that’s sure to dazzle the adults, a quick Google search (or a flip through our magazine, wink) will have you creating a shopping list in no time.

When it comes to festive cocktails, orange is the easiest and still most appealing color, in my opinion. As interesting as a black martini or green concoction in a hurricane glass is, the vibrant color may be a turn-off for some people. Which is why this naturally colored margarita is both celebratory and refreshing while giving you a much-needed vitamin C boost as flu season begins.

Feel free to tweak this recipe however you like; if you and your guests are fans of vivid libations, you can always channel your inner mad scientist and experiment with colorful liquors like Blue Curacao or Midori. Or, change the color of the salt on the rim!

Hallows Eve Margarita

Serves 2, multiply as needed Materials needed:

  • Cocktail shaker (or any pourable container with a sealing lid, in a pinch)

  • Margarita glasses

  • Zippered baggie


  • Coarse salt

  • Food coloring of your choice

  • 3 ounces of silver tequila

  • 1 ounce orange juice

  • ¾ ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon of agave or honey, to taste

  • Ice

  • 3 lime wedges

  1. Start by coloring your rimming salt. Add the coarse salt to a zippered baggie, followed by several drops of your food coloring. Add as little or as much as you want for your desired color. Zip bag and work thoroughly to distribute color. Pour onto a plate in an even layer for rimming.

  2. Rim your margarita glasses with a lime wedge. Once rim is thoroughly dampened, dip the rim in the colored salt. Set aside.

  3. In your cocktail shaker, add the tequila, orange juice, lime juice and agave, if preferred. Add enough ice to chill the liquid mixture thoroughly. Shake well for 15 seconds.

  4. Add fresh ice to your margarita glasses. Strain the mixture into the glasses. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and serve.

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