Devil's Punch

Tequila Punch
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

The devil's punch is an easy tequila cocktail that is filled with an array of sweet and sour citrus flavors. You can enjoy it on your own or transform it into a party punch that all your guests will love. It's a fun recipe for Halloween parties but is universal enough for any occasion throughout the year.

What you'll find in the devil's punch is an intriguing combination of fruits. The sweetness of limoncello counteracts the sour mix and blends nicely against the agave flavor of a good blanco tequila. It's actually quite similar to a margarita and the fresh taste is sure to tantalize your taste buds.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour all of the ingredients.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a sour or highball glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

This recipe can easily be increased to fill a punch bowl or pitcher so you can serve it at a party. The key is to keep the ratio of 2 parts tequila, 1 part each orange liqueur, limoncello, and sour mix, and 1/4 part orange juice.

For instance, you could begin with half a bottle of tequila (375ml or about 1 1/2 cups) for your 2 parts. That will leave you with about 3/4 cup each for the 1 part ingredients and—to make the math easy—1/4 cup of orange juice. This results in a 4 cup or 32-ounce punch. Serve this over ice and you can get eight 4-ounce drinks, perfect for a small gathering.

If you have more guests, simply increase the punch measurements to fit. Keep in mind, though, that this is a very strong punch. It's not a bad idea to dilute it a bit with nonalcoholic mixers so your guests don't get too drunk too fast:

  • Add Ice: When serving the devil's punch in a punch bowl, you won't shake it, so you won't have the dilution of the single cocktail. Dilution is good because it brings the strength and marries the flavors. You can get a good amount of dilution over time by adding a lot of ice cubes or letting your punch rest after adding a large ice ring or big blocks. Within 30 minutes of setting it out on the table, it should be about perfect.
  • Add Orange Juice: Increasing the orange juice a little bit will add flavor and knock the punch down as well. It will still taste great, even if you were to double the juice. Add it slowly to the punch, stir it in, and give it a taste, pouring a little more if needed.
  • Add Sparkle: Club soda, ginger ale, or lemon-lime soda are fantastic additions to any punch. People love sparkling punches and the easiest way to cut the liquor's effects without altering the taste is to pour one of those sodas. Start off with an amount equal to the orange juice and add more if needed.

How Strong Is a Devil's Punch?

This punch really does live up to its name because it's rather potent. When made with 80-proof tequila, the single drink mixes up to an alcohol content around 26 percent ABV (52 proof). That's in the same range as the original margarita, so it's best to take it easy with this little devil!