How to Make Devgarita at Home

Three days ago, early in the morning, I received a message from a friend notifying me of the existence of Devgarita, a margarita made from Mountain Dew. The drink is available at Red Lobster (and seems to pair well with Cheddar Bay Biscuits ).

Some people are very alarmed, but it’s not that crazy concept cocktail. It’s sweet and sour and green, and Mountain Dew pairs very well with lime. The worrying part – for me – is the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčeating one inside a Red Lobster, a chain that doesn’t have outdoor seating as far as I know.

Luckily, margaritas are very easy to make at home, even if they contain Mountain Dew. Instead of pouring baking soda into an already blended margarita, I decided to turn it into syrup and then use that instead of agave.

This worked better than I expected. I liked the color, which vividly reminded me of the kind of sugary, unnatural looking margarita I used to eat in a jug when I lived in Florida. To be honest, it tasted like it too, just a little less sweet (which is good). You can enjoy your Dewgarita on top, on rocks, or as a splash (just add a couple more ounces of Mountain Dew). If you want red powder around the edge of the glass (this is how it looks like Devgarita in the photo), rub the edge with lime and wrap it with tagine.

To cook Devgarita without leaving your home, you will need:

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 30 g Mountain Dew Syrup *
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice

If you feel like it, paint over the glass with tagine and set it aside. Mix all three ingredients in an ice-filled shaker and shake until too cold to handle. Strain into a glass and enjoy.

* To make Mountain Dew Syrup, pour one cup of Mountain Dew into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the amount to a simmer and let the baking soda reduce to 1/4 cup. Let cool completely.


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