Devil’s Margarita

devil's margarita cocktail next to limes and red wine bottle
Image: / Tim Nusog

A well-made Margarita is a pure joy to drink. That synergistic combo of earthy tequila, tart lime and sweetener (usually orange liqueur or agave nectar) hits all the right notes. But when you crave a more sinful cocktail, the Devil’s Margarita is here for you. And you don’t have to wait until Halloween to drink it.

The recipe calls for agave-forward blanco tequila. The unaged expression lends notes of citrus and pepper, absent any of the oaky vanilla and caramel flavors found in aged varieties. Fresh lime juice is key to any good Margarita, so make sure that’s on your grocery list. And rather than orange liqueur or agave nectar, you will sweeten this drink with simple syrup to allow the other ingredients to shine.

Pro tip: Skip the salted rim. It’s a nice addition to most Margaritas, but in this case it clashes with the wine’s acidity. Plus, it looks too much like a halo for this devilish drink.


  • 45 ml Blanco tequila
  • 30 ml lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 22.5 ml simple syrup
  • 15 ml red wine
  • Garnish: lime wheel


  1. Add the tequila, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Float the red wine on top by slowly pouring it over the back of a bar spoon so it pools on the surface of the drink.
  4. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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