A devil’s margarita is not your average margarita, because we add something special to the mix. It sounds sinister and like the apple in the garden of eden will tempt you to have another. And another.
At first blush wine and tequila seem ill-suited for one another, but they work together in harmonious fashion. So gird your loins and keep a clove of garlic, a silver bullet and holy cross on your person as protective amulets. You might need them when you venture into the devil’s lair.
Tequila or Mezcal?
If you order a margarita, it will be made with tequila unless you specify otherwise. Mezcal however, is a well kept secret outside Mexico and deserves consideration. The Oaxacan spirit is made with multiple varieties of agave and baked in underground pits. That imparts a smokier, nuanced flavor and aroma than tequila. Each can be used interchangeably in any maragarita at your pleasure.
If you followed the Margarita Trail I hope you saved this one for last. It’s your capstone experience and completion certifies you as an expert!
- 1–1/2 oz silver tequila
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 oz dark red wine
- Lime wedge – for garnish
- chill your coupe glass and the wine
- Shake the tequila, lime juice and simple syrup with ice until cold
- Strain and pour into the coupe glass
- Use a bar spoon to float the wine on top and garnish with a lime wedge