Día de los Muertos

The Día de los Muertos is bright and beautiful with a rim and a lime garnish.

Remember the candy corn-infused tequila that I made for the Candy Corn on Halloween? Well, I didn’t mention this before, but I made way too much. The truth is, I forgot I only needed enough tequila to cover the orange layer of the drink. I actually calculated the amount as though it were filling the glass. Between the sweet, orange tequila and the non-alcoholic orange simple syrup of the Candy Corn, and the lychee garnishes of the Killer Clown, we’ve been reliving our Halloween flavors for a while now!

We still had a good amount of the orange tequila in the fridge, and we kept saying that we needed to make something with it. The problem was, it was hard to know what. Another Candy Corn didn’t make sense past Halloween, and Elizabeth doesn’t care for sweet drinks. The pitfall of making a special-occasion novelty drink!

Elizabeth finally had an epiphany: the sweet tequila was essentially a simple syrup. And what goes with tequila and simple syrup? It’s already practically a margarita! So she brilliantly added citrus and a rim and there it was! One of the citrus components happened to be yuzu juice, which we usually use in Asian cooking. It’s a lot like lemon, and has a slightly more bitter edge, so it was a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.

It was delightful, and I loved the color too. Plus, as we all know, a rim makes everything better!!! This was better than we thought it could be!

We named this drink because of the color, and because Día de los Muertos follows Halloween.


  • 4 oz. leftover candy corn-infused tequila from the Candy Corn

  • Lime juice – about 4 limes, or to taste

  • Yuzu juice, a couple of teaspoons

  • Lime slices to garnish

  • Rim
  • Salt, cumin, cayenne


  • Shake candy corn-infused tequila, plus juices with ice in a shaker.
  • Use a lime to wet the edge of the glass, then dip in the salt mixture. Don’t forget to do this first, like I often do!
  • Garnish and enjoy!
Enjoyed on November 8, 2021

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