The Flux Incapacitator (aka Redneck Margarita)

by Erin

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.

The Flux Incapacitator 1
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.

The Flux Incapacitator 3

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.

The Flux Incapacitator 2

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


Serves 8


2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew

Approximately 8 oz. tequila

1 blue raspberry lemonade Kool-Aid packet (or preferred flavor)

Coarse salt (or sugar)



  1. Remove liquid above the label from a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew (approximately 8 oz.)
  2. Add contents of Kool-Aid packet, then refill bottle with tequila (approximately 8 oz.).
  3. Cap tightly and gently roll to mix. Do not shake as it is carbonated!
  4. Rim glass with coarse salt (or sugar) and serve over ice.

Source: Adapted from someone I briefly befriended on the Buffalo River in TN.

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1 comment

Susan February 22, 2017 - 11:06 am

A margarita with caffeine? Hmmm. This is a great idea if you can have caffeine – very portable, an anywhere party. I’d try it if I didn’t have a thing about wanting to sleep. :-)


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