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A Colorful Día de los Muertos Cocktail

Halloween décor has not always been my favorite, though I do love my Halloween bar cart this year, but I have always been drawn to the Día de los Muertos décorations and festivities. The use of florals and skulls is somehow much more appealing to me than bloody zombies and edible eyeballs. Not to mention the fact that Día de los Muertos is a celebratory holiday, dedicated to remembering the deceased rather than focusing on frights. 

Día de los Muertos Cocktail

Though Día de los Muertos (or day of the dead) is a traditional Mexican holiday, I’ve seen it make it’s way into American pop culture a lot in recent years. I mean, if Williams-Sonoma is making Día de los Muertos canapé plates, you know it’s gone mainstream. Selfishly, I love that the holiday has become more pervasive in the U.S. for the aforementioned reasons, and I decided to make a fun Día de los Muertos-themed cocktail this year. 

Día de los Muertos Cocktail

The cocktail itself is super easy and delicious (scroll to the bottom of this post for the full ingredients list and directions), but the real star of course are the floral skull ice cubes! I used these skull ice molds and added organic dried rose petals before popping them in the freezer. So easy and festive! You guys know I love a floral ice cube moment (see my other examples here and here), so these were just too perfect to pass up! 

Día de los Muertos Cocktail

Día de los Muertos Cocktail

Día de los Muertos CocktailPink Coupe Glasses

See below for a printable and PINable recipe! You can also find another one of my Halloween cocktail creations in this post.

P.S. you can find my pink wig you see in this post HERE! It’s under $40 and is eligible for Amazon Prime. 

Día de los Muertos Cocktail

Día de los Muertos Cocktail

A Colorful Día de los Muertos Cocktail
  • 2 oz tequila (blanco)
  • 4 oz watermelon juice
  • lime juice (splash)
  • club soda (splash)
  • cilantro (optional garnish)
  • edible rose petals (optionl garnish)
  1. Use a jigger to measure tequila and watermelon juice and add to a cocktail shaker

  2. Add ice and a splash of fresh lime juice to the shaker and shake until very cold. You can also add cilantro in this step for a heavier flavor

  3. Strain into desired glass. If using skull ice cubes or other large ice cubes, place these in the glass first

  4. Add a splash (more if desired) of club soda on top

  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro or rose petals (optional)

  6. Enjoy!

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