Some say that homemade margarita mix is better than store bought. But if you are daring (or lazy?) enough to go in the complete opposite direction, I give you the Redneck Margarita.
Happy National Margarita Day! Too bad it didn’t fall on Tuesday to also go with Taco Tuesday or Thursday for Thirsty Thursday. But I digress. This margarita was inspired by a beverage I was introduced to while floating down the Buffalo river in Tennessee one summer called “The Bullfrog”. Apparently the original bullfrog cocktail was made with lemonade, and I’ve seen a limeade version, but to me those are just vodka lemon/limeades.
The assembly is simple: remove liquid above the label from a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew, add 1 Kool-Aid packet of your preferred flavor (usually strawberry of blue raspberry lemonade for me), fill bottle up with vodka, cap and gently roll to mix. I don’t even like Mountain Dew and I find it delicious. The only difference between The Bullfrog and this margarita is the use of tequila instead of vodka.
But why the heck did I name it the “Flux Incapacitator”? “Redneck Margarita” may seem more fitting (and after googling, Urban Dictionary says it’s legit) but I made this as the cocktail for the third movie in our Back to the Future movie marathon that I told you about on Monday.
I started out thinking the cocktail should be brightly colored to emulate the flux capacitor in the Delorean and the Bullfrog with bright green Mountain Dew and Kool-Aid coloring fit the bill. Then, after deciding the food would be taco/Western themed I settled on turning it into a margarita. As for the name? It wasn’t too difficult for my punny brain. Add alcohol to a flux capacitor? More like incapacitated. I’m pretty proud of that one.
My only regret is forgetting to salt the rim before I took these photos.
One year ago: Beef Pot Pie with Herbed Biscuits
Two years ago: Blood Orange Margarita Jello Shots
Five years ago: Cajun Mac & Cheese
Six years ago: Pizza Bagels
FLUX INCAPACITATOR REDNECK MARGARITA
2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew
Approximately 8 oz. tequila
1 blue raspberry lemonade Kool-Aid packet (or preferred flavor)
Coarse salt (or sugar)
- Remove liquid above the label from a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew (approximately 8 oz.)
- Add contents of Kool-Aid packet, then refill bottle with tequila (approximately 8 oz.).
- Cap tightly and gently roll to mix. Do not shake as it is carbonated!
- Rim glass with coarse salt (or sugar) and serve over ice.
Source: Adapted from someone I briefly befriended on the Buffalo River in TN.