This Blood Orange Margarita is sweet-tart and delicious, not to mention completely gorgeous. Freshly squeezed blood orange juice lends flavor, as well as distinctive and beautiful color to this refreshing drink.
If you're a fellow margarita lover, you should definitely check out my Spicy Pineapple Margaritas and Cadillac Margaritas! I even have a Virgin Margarita recipe for those among us who choose not to consume alcohol.
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
- It's made with fresh ingredients. Fresh blood orange and lime juices make this margarita extra delicious. You can't beat the flavor that fresh juices bring!
- You can easily make a bigger batch. Want to shake up a margarita for a friend, too? Just double or triple the ingredients in your cocktail shaker.
- It's as delicious as it is gorgeous. This margarita is undeniably beautiful, thanks to the vibrant blood orange juice. But it's *just* as tasty.
💭 What is a Blood Orange Margarita?
We're all familiar with the ingredients in a basic (classic) margarita, right? Though there's definitely wiggle room, you'll typically find lime juice, a sweetener, sometimes orange liqueur, and obviously tequila in a classic marg.
A Blood Orange Margarita adds (you guessed it) fresh, beautiful blood orange juice to the mix. Blood orange juice lends sweetness and incredible color to this drink. Even at just a glance, there's little doubt about what flavor this margarita is.
- Blood orange juice: Freshly squeezed, please! Take advantage of citrus season while you can, and squeeze up some fresh blood oranges. You can always squeeze some when it's in season and freeze it for later, too.
- Lime juice: Again, freshly squeezed, please! This is the way.
- Simple syrup: You only need a little bit, but you can use store bought or homemade simple syrup in this drink.
- Tequila: Use your favorite tequila in this margarita. I tend to prefer a tequila añejo or reposado (something with a little age on it), but tequila blanco would be nice, too! You could even use some of my jalapeño tequila, if you want to turn up the heat a little bit!
- Garnishes: As always, garnishes are optional. HOWEVER this margarita really benefits from the addition of some lime salt on the rim of the glass, as well as a beautiful dried orange slice garnish.
👩🏻🍳 How to make a Blood Orange Margarita
Margaritas are very easy to shake up!
While it's not required, I highly recommend starting out by rimming your glass with some salt. Or sugar, if that's your thing. My husband likes sugar, while I like salt. After that, carefully add some ice to your glass. You don't want to knock off any of the salt or sugar rim that you just carefully applied.
After that, you'll add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with a single big cube of ice. Using one big cube allows the drink to get nice and cold and dilute a bit without diluting too much. Next, shake shake shake and strain your margarita into the glass that you prepared.
If you're feeling extra, you can float a wheel of fresh or dried orange on top of the drink. *chef's kiss*
🔗 Other margarita recipes
Looking for more margarita recipes? Because I got 'em! Click on any of the delicious-looking pictures below to be taken straight to the recipe. You can also click on over to see all of my margarita recipes here.
I'd be remiss if I didn't share some recipes from other fabulous food and beverage bloggers, too. Check these out!
- Passion Fruit Margaritas from The Gourmet Bon Vivant
- Hibiscus Margaritas from Mitten Girl
- Grapefruit Margaritas from Britney Breaks Bread
❓ FAQs/Tips and tricks
Sure can! Just scale the ingredients up proportionally.
Yes! It will make the flavor more smoky, but it will still be delicious.
Yeah, but then it won't be a blood orange margarita. You do you.
I highly recommend using fresh juice. The flavor and freshness just can't be beat.
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Blood Orange Margarita
- 2 ounces blood orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces tequila
- lime salt for garnish (optional)
- dried orange slices for garnish (optional)
- If desired, rim your glass with salt. Carefully add ice to the glass. Set aside.
- Add the juices, simple syrup, and tequila to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake until very cold and strain into the prepared glass.
- Garnish with a fresh or dried orange slice, if desired.
- I highly recommend using freshly squeezed juices - you just can't beat the flavor and freshness
- You can substitute mezcal for tequila if you want a smokier margarita
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
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