These “monsteritas” are healthy Halloween margaritas spiked with cucumber and jalapeño for a trick and treat all in one! Sweetened with honey, these healthy Halloween margaritas are super festive and fun without any refined sugar or artificial coloring. With a freeze-dried blueberry rim and two candy eyes, these healthy Halloween margaritas are a must make for any adult Halloween party!
I go a little… extra for Halloween.
Our house has been decorated for fall since early September, ravens perched on the mantle, and a skull inside a bell jar next to my office. I try to keep the Halloween low-key until October finally hits, but I also have to live my best life, you know what I mean?
And my best life 100% includes these cucumber-jalapeño healthy Halloween cocktails, or monsteritas as my 40 Aprons admin extraordinaire calls them! She also called them potent AF and blamed them for us going to try on wedding dresses right after testing them (for her… not me.). In other words?
They’re Halloween perfection.
I fell in love with cucumber margaritas when I lived in Austin, within walking distance to this fantastic elevated TexMex joint with fancy margaritas and overpriced puffy tacos. My go-to was always, sin duda, the cucumber margarita with the black volanic salt rim.
With a botanical perfume, grounded by the heady tequila, it was an until-death-do-us-part moment at first sip. The lightness of the cucumber, the richness of the tequila, the funkiness of the black salt, and that orchid for garnish? Too much. Too much. Too much to love all in one glass.
Having realized I had taken a wrong turn on my career path, I drank too many of these, finally mustered up the courage to leave law school altogether, and moved home to install sound designs at churches and venues and start a burlesque troupe. Pretty standard next steps, if you ask me.
But that cucumber margarita? It lingered always on my mind, memories of my soulmate cocktail cinematically hitting me over the head with a montage of our past together any time I sipped spa water, prepared crudités to pose alongside my baba ganoush, grated a cup to stir into yogurt for gyros. I had to revive this relationship.
Except, what makes a cooling, lightly botanical cocktail even better? Heat. I’ve always been a fan of adding a slice of jalapeño to my margaritas, and this cucumber margarita is absolutely no exception. Be warned, though: even just one or two slices will produce a decent kick. Opt for a single slice, seeded, if you prefer your treats without tricks!
And are we going to entirely ignore the creepy, oozy, purple monster rim? No, never! It was months ago when I was developing a layered unicorn cocktail and had the bright idea to rim the glass in powdered freeze-dried blueberries. I dipped the glass in honey then the blueberry powder, expecting things to stay fluffily in place. Except…. the rim almost instantly started melting and dripping, slow like honey, but far too fast for a unicorn. It was that moment, though, that I stashed away that mishap for a miracle margarita a few months later, dreaming already of a slightly creamy, cool and hot margarita poured into this the Monster Frankenstein-inspired setup.
The candy eyes, though? Here’s how that went:
*literally pouring margaritas*
*realized candy eyes would look the cutest*
“CHRISTINA?!?!?! Can you go to the grocery store RIGHT NOW and get candy eyes?!? This is an emergency!”
And, of course, because Christina is the best food blog virtual assistant (or, well, irl assistant in my lucky, lucky case), she delivered just in time. And it was so worth it for a cocktail that stares back, right?
I’ll be making a batch of these healthy Halloween margaritas for an adult Halloween party my friends are throwing for sure – they’ve already claimed a dozen! With no refined sugar, they’re perfect for offsetting the inevitable swiping of candy you’ll be doing from your kids’ loot bags… But I’ll never tell.
Make sure your freeze-dried blueberry are nice and fresh and dry. If they get even the slightest bit wet, you’ll end up with a clumpy rim like my monster in the front!
To make these healthy Halloween margaritas, I used…
Monsteritas Healthy Halloween Margaritas (Cucumber Jalapeño)
These "monsteritas" are healthy Halloween margaritas spiked with cucumber and jalapeño for a trick and treat all in one! Sweetened with honey, these healthy Halloween margaritas are super festive and fun without any refined sugar or artificial coloring. With a freeze-dried blueberry rim and two candy eyes, these healthy Halloween margaritas are a must make for any adult Halloween party!
In a completely dry spice grinder or high-speed blender, process freeze-dried blueberries until powdered. Scrape into a flat but broad dish, like a ramekin. The dish needs to be slightly wider than the rim of your glass. Stir in black salt, if using.
Pour honey into second flat but broad dish or ramekin.
Combine all margarita ingredients in high-speed blender and process until smooth. Add a little green food coloring, if desired, for a greener look.
Rim your glass: dip the rim of the glass into the honey first then into the blueberry powder, gently tapping off excess. Repeat with second glass. Dip the back of the candy eyes in a little bit of honey and affix two to the front of each glass. Fill with margarita and serve!