Spooky Little Cocktail: Beetlejuice Margarita

Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetleju- Haha, just kidding. I’m not trying to summon any bio-exorcists to Spooky Little Halloween. (Or any more, I should say…)

But that I am summoning is a delicious, impressive and super simple Halloween cocktail!

Cocktails are way up on the list for reasons I like throwing Halloween parties. As in…my love for spooky cocktails is surpassed only by my love for creative decor and Halloween playlists.

I call my party cocktail a witches brew each year, and it’s usually one of the first things I plan. (Or the thing I take the longest to decide on…)

The Beetlejuice Margarita is what I brewed up for my 2016 Tim Burton-themed party.

After hours of browsing on Pinterest, I really loved the idea of layering red wine into my drink as “beetle juice” – get it? But I liked the simplicity of using a limeade-based recipe for serving a crowd. I ended up deciding to combine two recipes to create this dangerously delicious concoction!

I mean, seriously…how FUN does that look?

Here’s my recipe for a Beetlejuice Margarita:

Step-by-step photo directions are after the recipe.

Spooky Little Cocktail: Beetlejuice Margarita - A margarita recipe so good, it'll make you yell, "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetleju-" - well, you know. We're not trying to summon bio-exorcists here... | spookylittlehalloween.com
Beetlejuice Margarita
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A killer drink for the ghost with the most, babe.
  • CuisineHalloween Cocktails
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 mins
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 mins
Spooky Little Cocktail: Beetlejuice Margarita - A margarita recipe so good, it'll make you yell, "Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetleju-" - well, you know. We're not trying to summon bio-exorcists here... | spookylittlehalloween.com
Beetlejuice Margarita
Print Recipe
A killer drink for the ghost with the most, babe.
  • CuisineHalloween Cocktails
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 mins
Servings Prep Time
1 drink 5 mins
Ingredients
Servings: drink
Instructions
  1. Add tequila, triple sec and limeade to glass or pitcher.
  2. Mix!
  3. If an individual drink, add ice. If a large batch, ask guests to add ice to their cup individually.
  4. Hold a spoon upside down over the glass and very slowly pour red wine over spoon back to layer on top of cocktail.
  5. Drink responsibly and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Change the number in the servings field to make this cocktail a batch recipe! Google can help you convert those ounces to cups.

If the recipe is too sweet for you, consider adding a 1/2 ounce of lime juice per serving (or to taste) to make it more tart.

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Here’s how to make a Beetlejuice Margarita:

First, grab all your ingredients. While the tequila and triple sec brands are just what I had on hand, I do recommend Apothic Red for your wine. I’m very slowly becoming a red wine drinker, and I really liked the flavor of Apothic Red with the margarita.

First we’ll add two ounces of tequila. I prefer blanco (or silver) tequilas and will only buy 100% blue agave. Why?

To truly be tequila, this spirit must be produced in very specific regions of Mexico and must be made 100% from the blue agave plant. Everything else contains mixtures of agave and…other stuff which I consider, to quote Alton Brown, a headache in a bottle. (And I get enough headaches from other factors in my life!)

Next, we add one ounce of triple sec.

Then we add four ounces of limeade. (That’s this photo, two times – my shot glasses are only about an ounce each.) You could also use the frozen concentrate and mix according to the packaging. I just happen to be a big fan of Simply Beverages’ juices.

Now we give things a quick stir, preferably with a Halloween mixing stick!

Add some ice.

If you’re making a batch cocktail, this is where I stop – let your guests add their own ice so you don’t dilute your drink.

Now comes the fun part – the “beetle juice”.

To keep things from getting too messy, I used a pour spout for my wine. At my party, I used a tool designed for layering black and tans (this is a personal favorite), but a spoon will work too.

Ideally, you would hold the spoon in one hand while slowly pouring wine over the back with the other. I, however, only have two hands so I had to make do while also trying to snap a photo for you.

I also left this step to my party guests so: 1. they could have fun making their own drink and 2. my friends who don’t care for wine could opt out.

And then your drink should look something like this! (I got a little heavy-handed with my wine pour while snapping photos…)

Throw in a black and white straw, and you’ve got a perfect drink for the ghost with the most, babe.

It’s just SO pretty.

And once you’ve all oohed and aahed over the drink and, of course, taken photos for Instagram (don’t forget to tag me so I can see your creation!)…you can mix in the wine for the full flavor.

I had barely done one lap around my Halloween party before discovering my drink dispenser for these was empty! Margaritas are always ridiculously popular at Halloweenie Roast.

 Just remember…don’t drink too many or a certain bio-exorcist might appear.

Enjoy,

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Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

Miranda is the Houston-based writer, blogger and Halloween lover behind Spooky Little Halloween, the blog celebrating October 31st all year long. She is addicted to pumpkin guts, witches’ brews, skulls and all things spooky and celebrates her favorite day of the year with her annual party, Halloweenie Roast, each October.

4 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tess

    February 21, 2017

    Yes it is very pretty! Cool post.

  2. Reply

    Meagan

    September 21, 2017

    How much of each ingredient do you recommend for making a small/medium pitcher?

    • Reply

      Miranda | Spooky Little Halloween

      September 22, 2017

      Hey Meagan – in the recipe, you can adjust the number of servings and it will give you updated measurements in real time! For a pitcher that size, I’d guess you would want 6-8 servings.

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