Our Blood-Red Cherry Margarita is bloody good! Happy Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos!
This Margarita packs a punch! We use Mezcal for a smoky flavor to balance the sweet cherry. The color of this Blood-Red Cherry Margarita comes from Amarena cherries and a dash of their thick syrup. Use as much or as little of the syrup as you like to sweeten your margarita. See how it sinks beautifully into the cocktail? (Notice the layering in the cocktail shaker in the picture above.) If you prefer, you can serve a layered version of this cocktail that your guests can stir themselves.
This Halloween, Go for the Creepy Garnish
Salt is delicious on the rim of a Margarita, especially one so strong and flavorful as this one. Take it over the top and use Black Salt for the rim of a coupe glass. Did you know that black salt is used to drive away evil and negative energy? There is a type of black salt, called Black Ritual Salt, made from the scrapings of charred herbs, ash, and iron at the bottom of the cauldron mixed with salt. It’s true, look here! (It’s a great post on types of Black Salt and why it’s wonderful to use in the kitchen.)
Our Black Salt is black lava salt, sea salt blended with activated charcoal.
Cute-ify the rim of your Blood-red Cherry Margarita by setting in an Amarena cherry. Make a teeny slit in the bottom of the cherry — it will stay put that way. Otherwise, plop it in your glass. That’s fun, too!
One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila, Floor
Are you a Tequila aficionado? We at Hipcooks sure are! It is really fun to experiment with different types of Tequila.
First off, your Tequila should be “real.” That is, made from agave. We go for 100% agave Tequila for the real deal. Next, you might like to experiment: there is Tequila Blanco (a clear Tequila), Tequila Reposado (this is lightly aged, and slightly golden in color), and Anejo (aged, and honestly most delicious when sipped on its own, perhaps also suggested by it’s higher price tag.)
For our Blood-red Cherry Margarita, we prefer to use Mezcal, an agave-based alcohol with an amazing smoky flavor. Man, that makes a good drink!
For the Kiddos
We’ve got a fun Cherry Soda Recipe for the kiddos here, or use it for your mocktail.
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice (use about 1 ounce per cocktail)
3 parts Mezcal, (use 3 ounces per cocktail)
A dash of Cherry bitters (if desired)
Amarena cherry syrup, to taste
Amarena cherry, for garnish
Black sea salt, for garnish
Prepare a cocktail glass by running a lime around the rim and coating it with the black salt.
Plop all the ingredients (minus the garnish) into a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake, shake, shake your moneymaker. The more you shake, the yummier the drink.
Using the strainer, pour the cocktail into the prepared glass.