I couldn’t discover much about the origins of this unusual cocktail except that it dates to around 2007. Basically a Margarita variation with red wine, it works surprisingly well. I’d almost hazard a guess that whoever came up with the recipe, did so by accident. But, be that as it may, it is a gorgeous color and the flavor is definitely more intriguing than your usual tequila daisy.
(I’ve never heard of a cactusberry, but I have heard of a dragonberry, which is why I chose this Oz book as a background. My mind works in strange ways sometimes. – ed.)
1.25oz blanco tequila
1.25oz red wine (Merlot or Shiraz is recommended)
0.5oz triple sec
0.5oz simple syrup
0.25oz lemon juice
0.25oz lime juice
1 splash lemon-lime soda
For glass: lime wedge, coarse salt
Rim chilled cocktail glass with lime and salt. Shake remiaing ingredients with ice and pour into glass.