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Friday, October 14, 2016

Red Wine Margarita with Black Salt

Are you looking for something out of the ordinary to serve your guests or just a bewitching little beverage for a quiet evening on the patio?
   Either way,  this Red Wine Margarita with Black Salt will be your answer.   It's quick and easy to make and with the addition of the black salt, it's kinda eerie. 
 I have been searching high and low for a adult beverage that would be great to serve for a Halloween party.   I didn't want anything green or to have to deal with dry ice for that extra spooky effect but I wanted something that is a little classier but also adventurous.    I found some great recipes for wine margaritas which would be great especially if I used red wine with a deep blood color.  But who wants plain old white salt around the rim of a Halloween drink?   Not I!    So I decided to check into dyeing kosher salt black to make a rim of black salt.     
Oh man, did I discover some fun things about "black salt", and that there are several different kinds of black salt.  One is a pungent smelling salt from South Asia that is used in numerous Indian dishes.  Not really what I was looking for.

 And there is another kind of black salt that's used in hexing, especially into driving away evil or in casting spells.   It's usually made by scraping a cast iron skillet or/and adding ashes from a fire to sea salt.    AH, No thank you, not on my margarita glass!   But the effect would be fun especially with the whole bewitching story line. 

I can tell you right now, just go buy some black food dye, don't do what I did, because more salt went down the drain than was saved.  But you can dye kosher or sea salt black, by using food dye  and it tastes just like salt that you would expect on a margarita glass.   I didn't feel like driving to town to purchase a black food dye so I pulled out my little basic food dye colors and started working.   It was a total cauldron of trouble but I finally achieved my goal.   YAY!    I actually made this cool black sea salt by mixing 15 drops of blue, 4 drops of green and 25 drops of red food coloring in a little bowl and then added 2 teaspoons of kosher salt.  I stirred and stirred it and then poured it on paper towels to dry.    See, just go buy some black food dye, so much easier!   The next time I make these margaritas I will be ordering this Black Food Dye.  

But even with all the mixing, it was so worth it.  I am loving this mysterious black salt on the rim of a margarita glass.    


Now with the Red Wine Margarita poured in, it's gorgeously spooky!   I hope you will enjoy serving this Red Wine Margarita with Black Salt to your guests for a bewitching evening.   But don't wait till Halloween, try one this weekend!    

Red Wine Margarita with Black Salt
Ingredients (Serves 2)
  • 4 oz of Tequila
  • 8 oz of Margarita mix
  • Lime juice
  • Red wine
  • Limes
  • Black salt, (kosher or sea salt dyed with black food dye)
1. Pour red wine into a ice cube tray and let freeze overnight
2. Remove ice cube tray from freezer and add all the wine ice cubes into a blender
3. Pour the tequila, margarita mix, lime juice over the frozen wine cubes
4. Blend just for a second or two
5. Slice limes and rub around the rim of a margarita glass, dip the top of the glass into the black salt
6. Fill with the wine margarita mixture
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