The Devil’s Margarita is one of the most stunning and simple-to-make cocktails. The Devil’s Margarita is surprisingly nuanced for requiring just 4 simple ingredients (plus it’s a great way to use up the last of an open bottle of red wine). Can’t quite picture it? Think of this cocktail as the tequila version of a New York Sour! The base of the cocktail is a simple tequila sour—tequila, lime juice and simple syrup. Once it’s shaken and strained, the drink gets finished with a splash of fruity red wine.
Tequila: we like to use tequila blanco to make this Devil’s Margarita. It’s clean and smooth in flavor. As we always say, the “best” liquor to use in cocktails is one you enjoy. Our go-to tequila is either Cazadores or Don Julio.
Lime Juice: fresh squeezed lime juice is key to a good margarita! To get the most out of your limes, look for limes that have a smooth skin and are slightly soft when squeezed.
Rich Simple Syrup: a rich simple syrup is different from a regular simple syrup in that it’s made with 2 parts sugar to 1 part water (instead of 1:1). The increased amount of sugar makes for a sweeter, thicker syrup which results in a smoother cocktail.
Red Wine: use something fruity and medium bodied such as a ganache, pinot noir, or nebbiolo.
How to Make the Devil’s Margarita
- Shake up the base by combining tequila, lime juice and simple syrup.
- Strain the cocktail into a coupe glass.
- Top with red wine and serve.
How to Layer the Red Wine
Topping a cocktail with a red wine float can be tricky. The key is to gently pour the red wine over top instead of just dumping it into the cocktail.
The best method for getting a nice red wine layer is to slowly pour the red wine over the back of a spoon held just above the surface of the cocktail. We also find it’s easier to control the pouring of the wine if we add the wine to a small glass or jigger instead of pouring from the bottle.
What to Serve with the Devil’s Margarita
Give our Korean-Inspired Chicken Nachos a try. They’re always a hit!
Our Chicken Barbacoa is a natural pairing—stuff the shredded chicken into tortillas with all the fixin’s or make burritos, nachos or quesadillas.
Planning and appetizer spread? Make our Mexican Pinwheels.
More Tequila Cocktails to Try
Our Mezcal Margarita is the perfect balance of smoky and tart.
Or keep it classic with a Tommy’s Margarita. You only need 3 ingredients—tequila, lime and agave!
When apples and apple cider is in season, try our Apple Cider Margarita!
One of our favorite margaritas is this Italian Margarita. It’s made with a trio of citrus juices and a splash of amaretto. It’s deliciously addictive for sure!
Devil’s Margarita Recipe
- 1 ½ ounces blanco tequila
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce rich simple syrup
- ½–1 ounce fruity red wine
- Shake 1 ½ ounces tequila, 1 ounce lime juice, and ½ ounce rich simple syrup in a cocktail shaker partially filled with ice until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds.
- Strain into a coupe glass then gently float ½ to 1 ounce red wine on top using the back of a bar spoon.