Marigold Muerte Cocktail for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

The marigold flower is often called the “herb of the sun”, representing passion and even creativity. The vibrant marigold is October’s flower and it only makes sense to portray it in a recipe this month. It is also said that marigolds symbolize cruelty, grief and jealousy, which may be why it is the most common flower associated with Dia De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrations.


Since marigolds are edible flowers with a delicious zesty flavor, it is the perfect flavor inspiration for a cocktail this month in celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. Although Dia De Los Muertos is on November 1st, the celebration starts with Halloween the night before, as that is how Americans tend to incorporate it. In order to make your marigold-infused simple syrup from scratch, you will need to plan for this recipe 24 hours in advance.


Marigold Muerte Cocktail for Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


1 ounce marigold-infused simple syrup

1 ounce Tequila

1 ounce Lime Juice

5 oz Curacao or Triple Sec (Cointreau)



  1. Put ice in a highball glass or mason jar. Add the syrup, Tequila, and lime juice.
  2. Fill to the top with Curacao or Triple Sec. Stir gently and serve.


Marigold Infused Simple Syrup: Take equal parts water and sugar, and heat together with clean, organic marigold petals in a small saucepan. Stir constantly and heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the marigold petals steep for 24 hours. Remove petals and store the marigold-infused syrup in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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