Happy Halloween! The weekend of goblins and ghouls is here and I am ready to play a little dress-up. Halloween hasn't always been a favorite holiday of mine. It could be the fact that my mother, for most of my middle school life, poked two holes in a white bed sheet and threw it over my head, claiming I made for a perfectly reasonable ghost but I digress. Over the last few years I have finally come embrace All Hallow's Eve, particularly the Mexican tradition of Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) on November 1st & 2nd.
A nod to the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, this year I whipped up a tart treat worthy of the fiesta, the Blood Orange Margarita. I actually love Margaritas but have recently stopped drinking them for they can get too sweet due to artificial mixes full of sugar. Thus looking for a substitute to the typical margarita recipe, I partnered up with Whole Foods, finding a natural sweetening alternative from RIPE Bar Juice. Cold-pressed and fresh, RIPE Agave Margarita (Agave Lime Sour) is an ideal organic cocktail mixer that uses 100% Agave Nectar for its flavor. I used it in my recipe to replace the lime juice and simple syrup and it was delish! To give the recipe an extra "craft" cocktail twist, pun intended, I made red Margarita salt. Simply pour a handful of store bought Margarita salt into a zip lock bag, add two drops of red food coloring into the bag and shake. POOF! ABRACADABRA! You have red Margarita salt. So if your looking for a libation to follow the candy and costumes this bloody recipe will do just the trick!
RIPE Agave Margarita
Red Margarita Salt
1. Prep cocktail glass, pressing lime juice on rim and then dip rim into red Margarita salt
2. Pour 1.5 oz of silver tequila into shaker
3. Add 1 oz of Grand Mariner
4. Add 2 oz RIPE Agave Margarita Bar Juice
3. Add 1.5 oz of fresh Blood Orange juice
4. Add ice
5. Shake well and pour into salt garnished glass