This spooky Beetlejuice cocktail is a sweet and sour pineapple margarita and is the perfect drink to get in the Halloween spirit. It takes just a few minutes to make – this recipe includes measurements for making one cocktail or an entire batch for a Halloween party or get-together.
I have a thing for Halloween cocktails, so there is plenty of themed drinks that you can choose from on this site. You might want to also check out my Hocus Pocus Cocktail, Practical Magic Midnight Margaritas, or my Vampire’s Kiss Martini. For more that feature blue curacao or edible glitter, check out my Shark Bite Spritz, this Blue Mojito, or my list of Best Glitter Cocktails.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This Beetlejuice cocktail has an eye-catching green hue and sparkles thanks to the edible glitter. When topped off with a black and white striped straw, it’s unmistakable that this is a Beetlejuice drink.
- You can make this recipe for one or a batch for a whole crowd for a wicked fun party.
- It’s a pineapple margarita that is made with simple, easy-to-find ingredients but delivers major flavor.
- Tequila – Use your favorite blanco or silver tequila. You can use other types of tequila, but you’ll end up with a different flavor – I have only tested this recipe with blanco/silver.
- Blue curaçao – Most margaritas are made with some sort of orange liqueur, usually as a curaçao or triple sec liqueur. Using blue curaçao delivers that classic orange flavor, but with a bright blue hue. When it mixes with the pineapple juice, the Beetlejuice cocktail begins to take on a green hue (yellow and blue = green). You can find blue curaçao at just about any liquor store.
- Pineapple juice – The addition of pineapple juice brings out the fruit flavor of the margarita. Pineapples are naturally sweet and sour, which exactly how you want a margarita to taste – a balance of sweet and sour.
- Edible green glitter gel icing – You can find green glitter gel icing in the baking aisle at the grocery store (I got mine at Wal-Mart), but you can also find it at Target. You can sub in green food dye if you can’t find the glitter. You can also leave it out, but the drink will take on a more blue-green tint rather than bright green.
Note: full details and measurements of the ingredients are below.
Step 1- Add the tequila and blue curaçao to a cocktail shaker.
Step 2 – Add the pineapple and lime juice. Add in the edible green glitter gel icing, if using. Add ice to the shaker and shake until well chilled.
Step 3– If you like a salted rim, wet the rim of the cocktail glass and roll the rim into the salt on a plate. Add ice to the cocktail glass.
Step 4 – Strain the shaker into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel (dried or fresh) and a black and white striped straw.
- Use blanco or silver tequila – it’s often preferred to use blanco tequila in margaritas as it is the most versatile and goes with most flavors. Using another type isn’t bad, but I only tested it with blanco tequila so keep in mind the flavor may be very different.
- Use fresh lime juice whenever possible – bottled is fine in a pinch, but fresh lime juice does have an impact on the flavor.
- Always add your ice to the cocktail shaker AFTER you add the ingredients – if you start with ice, it will increase the likelihood of diluting the drink as you add the ingredients to the shaker.
You can find the green glitter gel icing at Walmart or Target. The black salt, black and white straws, and skull glass are harder to come by. I bought my black salt, black and white straws, and skull glass on Amazon. A martini glass is a good substitute for the skull glass.
It’s often called black lava salt or black obsidian salt, and it is made from activated charcoal and sea salt. Black salt doesn’t taste majorly different than regular sea salt. It does have a slightly smoky aroma.
If you’re not a fan of black salt, you can use regular salt. I also recommend trying tajin for the rim- it goes really well with pineapple. You can also try a sugar rim if you prefer a sweet cocktail over a salty one.
To make for 8 cocktails, you’ll need:
-1 ½ cups blanco tequila
-1 cup blue curaçao
-½ cup lime juice
-1 cup pineapple juice
-2-5 tablespoons edible green glitter gel icing, optional
-Black salt (or sugar) for rims, optional
-8 lime wheels (dried or fresh) for garnish, optional
-Black and white straws for decoration, optional
Instructions for 8 cocktails:
-Add the tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, pineapple juice, and green glitter gel icing (if using) to a large pitcher that can hold at least 32 ounces (or ¼ gallon) easily.
-Stir until well mixed. If you are using glitter gel icing, it may clump and require more stirring. Tip: warm the icing in a microwave-safe bowl for 5 seconds or until just warmed at 5-second intervals- be careful not to scorch the icing. This will help the icing dissolve in the liquid more easily.
-Chill the pitcher of margaritas until ready to use. Prior to serving, you may need to stir to make sure no glitter has settled at the bottom.
-Have your guests add the margaritas to ice-filled cocktail glasses. You can have the glasses pre-salted or have your guests do it to their taste. Tip: Adding ice to the pitcher may result in a diluted margarita so have the guests add the margarita to glasses filled with ice to prevent dilution.
-Top the cocktails with the lime wheels and/or the black and white straws, if using.
More Halloween Cocktail Recipes to Try
If you loved this Beetlejuice cocktail, you might want to also try these Halloween cocktails:
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Spooky Beetlejuice Margarita Cocktail Recipe
- 1 ½ ounce blanco tequila (or silver)
- 1 ounce blue curaçao
- ½ ounce lime juice fresh, if possible
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1-2 teaspoons edible green glitter gel icing optional
- Black salt for rim optional
- Lime wheel (fresh or dried) optional
- Add tequila, curaçao, lime juice, pineapple juice, and glitter icing (if using) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled.
- Wet the rim of the cocktail glass and roll in the black salt, if using.
- Add ice to glass and strain the cocktail shaker into the glass.
- Garnish with a lime wheel and a black and/or white striped straw, if using.
- 1 ½ cups blanco tequila
- 1 cup blue curaçao
- ½ cup lime juice
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 2-5 tablespoons edible green glitter gel icing, optional
- Black salt (or sugar) for rims, optional
- 8 lime wheels (dried or fresh) for garnish, optional
- Black and white straws for decoration, optional
- Add the tequila, blue curaçao, lime juice, pineapple juice, and green glitter gel icing (if using) to a large pitcher that can hold at least 32 ounces (or ¼ gallon) easily.
- Stir until well mixed. If you are using the glitter gel icing, it may clump and require more stirring. Tip: warm the icing in a microwave safe bowl for 5 seconds or until just warmed at 5 second intervals- be careful not to scorch the icing. This will help the icing dissolve in the liquid more easily.
- Chill the pitcher of margaritas until ready to use. Prior to serving, you may need to stir to make sure no glitter has settled at the bottom.
- Have your guests add the margaritas to ice filled cocktail glasses. Tip: Adding ice to pitcher may result in diluted margarita so have the guests add the margarita to glasses filled with ice to prevent dilution.