Welcome to my first Practical Magic inspired cocktail! It’s Midnight Margaritas! I know, its been done, but I hope you’ll understand why I had to. Since we don’t exactly know what Aunt Jet and Aunt Frances put in their Midnight Margaritas, I took some liberties. I’m pretty sure they didn’t actually put mustard seeds, holly leaves, or hounds tongue into the mix, even though those are more common names for the first three ingredients listed in the chant they do. I’m pretty sure we can assume this a standard blended lime margarita, which is magic all on its own.
“Eye of newt and toe of frog,
wool of bat and tongue of dog.
Adder’s Fork and blindworm’s sting…
Barbados lime is just the thing.
Cragged salt like a sailor’s stubble!
Flip the switch and let the cauldron
I used a traditional lime margarita, like they drink in the movie, as a base. I took the ingredients that I could identify; lime, tequila and salt, and then I added a few seasonally inspired ingredients of my own. I included sage for clarity and wisdom, and wormwood for ridding evil spirits. I’m not sure what magical properties limes and tequila have, other than the obvious, and the already added salt offers luck and protection. It’s rather unlikely that your tequila has been provided by an evil spirit, but you can never be too careful.
2 oz. white tequila
1/2 oz. sage simple syrup (for clarity and wisdom)
1/2 oz. absinthe (for ridding evil spirits)
1 oz. lime juice
2 drops saline (luck and protection)
Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, and shake until chilled. Pour into a Margarita glass over ice while reciting the above chant, disregard the last line because this one is on the rocks!