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Midnight Margaritas!

Updated on September 17, 2013

How to Make a Midnight Margarita!

If you're a fan of the film Practical Magic then you'd no doubt love to make Midnight Margaritas just like the aunts make for Sally and Gilly! You can make these delicious homemade margaritas for a themed party or simply for fun!

Homemade midnight margaritas taste amazing and you don't need any fancy cocktail equipment either - you can whizz it up in a blender just like the aunts do!

Read on for my midnight margaritas recipe (and the aunts' spell for extra authenticity!) along with some recipes for the true midnight margarita - a dark version of the original, which is perfect for spooky parties!

Photo Credit: Margarita via Wikimedia Commons. Image in the public domain.

Witchy Midnight Margaritas
Witchy Midnight Margaritas

How to Make Midnight Margaritas

My neighbour and I are both big fans of Practical Magic and one recent full moon we decided to make our own midnight margaritas to accompany our evening of magic!

As you can see we bought a bottle of ready made margarita just in case... but our recipe came out perfect, and although we started on the premixed bottle when our own ran out, it was nowhere near as nice as the real thing made from scratch! Midnight Margaritas are going to be a regular occurrence in our neck of the woods from now on!

The best thing is it's really easy to make! All you need is the appropriate alcohol, salt and fresh limes. Come, let us step up to the cauldron...

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Midnight Margarita Video from Practical Magic

Here's the classic scene from Practical Magic, where the aunts whip up some delicious midnight margaritas and dance round the witch's kitchen with Sally and Gilly!

Salted Margarita Glass by Michael Napoleon via Flickr Creative Commons
Salted Margarita Glass by Michael Napoleon via Flickr Creative Commons
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 min
Ready in: 8 min
Yields: 4


  • 6 oz tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec (ideally Cointreau)
  • 4 oz lime juice (from freshly squeezed limes)
  • Ice (optional)
  • Salt and 4 lime wedges (garnish)


  1. 1. Cut a lime into wedges and run one around the rims of your glasses. Dip each rim into salt to coat. Chill in the fridge until needed
  2. 2. Roll your limes on a kitchen surface (you'll get more juice this way) then cut and squeeze into a container until you have 4oz
  3. 3. Put the tequila, triple sec or Cointreau and lime juice into a blender (plus ice if you want it extra chilled) and whizz until mixed and slushy!
  4. 4. Pour into glasses, add a lime wedge to each rim and serve
  5. Alternatively, you can make your margarita with a sour mix. If you want to do this, you will need to make the sour mix ahead by combining:
  6. 1 cup sugar
  7. 1 cup water
  8. Mix until the sugar is complete dissolved, then add:
  9. 1 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  10. 1 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
  11. Refrigerate until needed.
  12. For the 4 margaritas recipe above, you will need to replace the 4oz lime juice with 3oz of sour mix and add a dash of extra lime juice to the blender.
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The Midnight Margarita Spell

"Eye of newt, toe of frog, wing of bat, tongue of dog.

Adder's fork and blind worm's sting,

Barbados lime is just the thing.

Fragias salt, like a sailors stubble,

Flip the switch, and let the cauldron bubble!"

- Frances and Bridget Owens, Practical Magic

Practical Magic Quotes

Practical Magic Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) Photo on Amazon
Practical Magic Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) Photo on Amazon

Now Do the Midnight Margaritas Dance!

Put the lime in da coconut...

Of course, once you have chanted your spell, whizzed up your margaritas and clinked your salt-rimmed goblets, it's time to do the dance-around-the-kitchen to the Midnight Margaritas Song... otherwise known as Coconut by Harry Nilsson.

For authentic witchy moves, check out the video above! And of course feel free to improvise, especially if it's Halloween or another magical event. Brooms and hats are optional, but it's much more fun WITH, don't you think?

Photo Credit: Practical Magic Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman) Photo via Amazon

Serve your Midnight Margaritas in Style

You can serve your margaritas in a traditional cocktail glass, or specifically a margarita glass like one of these gorgeous Libbey Vina glasses. Or go for the big capacity glass like our Practical Magic girls do, with a set of these Rocco Rock Bar tumblers. Or if you want to set the midnight mood, go witch-style with these amazing black midnight goblets from Artland! Wonderful for a witch or Halloween party or event.

Libbey Vina Margarita Glasses, Set of 6VIEW NOW

Bormioli Rocco Rock Bar Glasses, Set of 6VIEW NOW

Artland Midnight Black Goblets, Set of 4VIEW NOW

Do you Want a Midnight Margarita? - Form an orderly queue...

Practical Magic Sally Owens (Sanda Bullock) Photo on Amazon
Practical Magic Sally Owens (Sanda Bullock) Photo on Amazon

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Make a Real Midnight Margarita

According to the Urban Dictionary, a Midnight Margarita is a dark-coloured variation of the original cocktail. The version they quote uses black wildberry vodka, but there are other versions you can try as well. Find them all below!

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      asma 2 years ago

      when we can do midnight margritas

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never had a Midnight Margarita but wouldn't mind giving it a try

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Nice! I liked the movie too ^_^

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      AngelaKane 5 years ago

      Great hub, I make margaritas all the time and this seems like an interesting and fun idea.

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      missmary1960 5 years ago

      Great lens, I love the movie!

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      ShineRita 5 years ago

      I haven't seen the movie version of Practical Magic yet. Thx for your lens

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      kburns421 lm 5 years ago

      This is such a fun lens and a fun idea! I also love that you included everything from the recipe to the video to the song to make the midnight margarita experience complete!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      I love this movie. Your lens was great.

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      Karen 5 years ago from U.S.

      What fun! Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies, and the midnight margaritas scene is my favorite scene. But I haven't made my own midnight margaritas yet! It's time, it's time!!

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      Loved the book, but haven't seen the movie version of Practical Magic yet. I do, however, like a good margarita, and a Midnight Margarita sounds just lovely.

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      BradfordBrain 5 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE the movie Practical Magic and it only makes Practical Sense to try out these Midnight Margaritas! Great, Fun Lens-You get a like from me!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very cool idea - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

      Nice Lens with useful tips, i will surly try this!

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      Epic lens!

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      Loretta 5 years ago from United States

      Tequila and I do not get along at all ~ I'll join you and bring my own bottle of rum though ;-)

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Congratulations on your purple star award, well deserved, this is a wonderful lens, capturing both elements of the movie as well as Margaritas.

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      I love the movie, but I am not a fan of tequila.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very festive with the movie and margarita.

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      Great movie and I love the recipe for the Midnight Margaritas!

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      Well, your page is enough to drive one to drink. ;) Love it. Read Practical Magic but never saw the movie.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I have actually never seen Practical Magic, but it sounds like you two had a lot of fun :)

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      Missmerfaery444 5 years ago

      @LisaMarieGabriel: Why certainly - cheers! :D

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Actually I love Practical Magic but I am less than impressed with marghueritas - can I come and fix a champagne cocktail instead? :D

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I have not seen it so I think I will put it on my list! love a margarita though :)

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Why wait for Halloween? I'll take one now. :-)

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens and for improving my favorite drink.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      This is a very creative lens...I enjoyed it!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Cute lens. I loved Practical Magic. It's a great movie, soemthing a little different.

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      Carol Goss 5 years ago

      Very Nice