Monday, November 13, 2017

Black Margarita - Margarita Negra

Black Margarita - Margarita Negra
Photo Leticia Alaniz © 2017
Margaritas are quite famous, but have you tasted a black margarita?  A black margarita is like a piece of the night in which the moon, the stars, and dreams culminate in a mysterious, dark and elegant cocktail.  It’s a romantic and gothic elixir that will wake your most poetic nocturnal inspirations.

It pairs well with a black tie tuxedo and a little black dress.  I’m nocturnal by nature and I love entertaining at night with delicious food by the moonlight.  So I served black margaritas at my most recent Noche dinner.  Noche is my secret dinner club in which friends gather for a feast, amazing cocktails and wine.  

Black margaritas are simple.  Its foundation is still tequila, sour mix, and fruit liqueurs.  But for this margarita I took a chance on an obscure or lesser known tequila from Los Valles, Jalisco called El Padrino de Mi Tierra. (El Padrino - The Godfather).  

Only 100% blue agave is used in this Reposado Tequila. Brick ovens roast the agave for 36-54 hours, allowing the tequila to retain the sweet natural mellow flavor. Slow-fermented 48-60 hours and then distilled in copper pot stills for a rich taste with notes of caramel and oak.  It’s excellent for high-end tequila cocktails.

El Padrino Reposado tequila is “rested”, which means it will have aged in oak between two and eleven months prior to bottling.  This gives the tequila a light color and depth of flavor. 

The black margarita gets it’s dark, striking black color from the Blue Curaçao and raspberry liquors.  Serve very chilled and enjoy the midnight stars! 


  • 2 ounces El Padrino Reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce Blue Curaçao
  • 1 ounce raspberry liquor such as Chambord 
  • 1 splash of lime juice
  • fill with sour mix and cranberry or pomegranate juice
Mixing instructions:

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour into a salt or sugar- rimmed glass. Garnish with lime.  

Written by Leticia Alaniz