Blood orange season is here in all its glory, and margaritas never go out of season in my worldview. So let’s be sensible and bring the two together in this lovely, delicious blood orange margarita recipe. Who’s with me?
When Is Blood Orange Season?
I don’t know about you, but when blood orange season hits, I can’t stop picking these beauties off the shelf. That vibrant red hue gets me every time, and I love the touch of sweetness that comes with the citrusy kick. Obviously, I love blood oranges in my cocktails, but they’re also great in cooking and make a tasty snack. Seriously, I can’t get enough blood oranges.
The only thing I don’t love about blood oranges is their short season. Whomp, whomp. Blood oranges are only in season from December to May, so I’m trying to consume as many blood oranges as possible these days. And if that means I have to drink a few more blood orange margaritas between now and May, so be it.
Fortunately, blood orange juice freezes well. I suggest buying a few extra, so you can enjoy this blood orange margarita recipe all year long. And trust me. Once you taste this cocktail, you’ll want to treat yourself to a blood orange margarita any time of year, so clear some freezer space. I promise you’ll be happy you did.
Let’s gather our ingredients. For this stunning, tasty cocktail, we need tequila, orange liqueur, limes, blood oranges and a little sea salt to garnish our glasses. I love a reposado tequila with my margaritas. Reposado tequila is aged in oak barrels from anywhere from a couple months to a year, which gives it more of a nuanced flavor with a smoother finished than blanco tequila. But if you prefer blanco tequila, pour what you like.
When it comes to orange liqueur, I’m a sucker for Grand Marnier. Cointreau is another great option. Your typical triple sec works as well, but for a top-shelf blood orange margarita, I definitely recommend springing for one of the aforementioned higher-quality orange liqueurs.
How to Make
OK, with our ingredients in hand, let’s get to it. We grab a cocktail shaker and add the tequila and orange liqueur of choice along with freshly squeezed lime juice and blood orange juice. Now throw in a handful of ice and pop on the top. I like to vigorously shake for about 15 seconds, which gives it enough time to develop condensation on the outside and perfectly chill the margarita.
Feeling fancy? In those cases, I’m a fan of rimming my serving glass with sea salt. To do this, we run a small slice of blood orange, lime or both around the rim of the glass. Sprinkle some sea salt on a small plate and turn the glass upside-down in the salt. Give it a few twists to really cling on that salt. Go ahead and garnish with a slice of blood orange and some additional lime to jazz up that salted rim if you’re inclined.
Now let’s add some ice to our salt-rimmed margarita glass and strain in that blood orange-tequila goodness. Sip, smile and repeat.
I love halibut with blood oranges. The citrus cuts through the rich, buttery texture of the halibut perfectly, and considering that we’re dealing with margaritas here, let’s go with halibut tacos. Fish tacos and margaritas are never a bad idea, but the pairing is even better when halibut and blood oranges are involved.
I hope you welcome citrus season with a batch of these blood orange margaritas. And don’t forget to freeze some blood orange juice, so you can enjoy these margaritas all year long.
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Made with freshly squeezed blood orange and lime juices and a healthy dose of your favorite tequila, this vibrant blood orange margarita is perfectly zesty with a touch of natural citrus sweetness.
1 blood orange, juiced, about 2 1/2 ounces
1 lime, juiced
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau or triple sec
1 ounce simple syrup (see note)
1 tablespoon sea salt, optional
1 blood orange slice, optional
- Pour blood orange juice, lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Put the top on the shaker and shake for about 15 seconds until the cocktail shaker is frosty.
- Spread sea salt on a plate. Run the blood orange slice around the rim of a margarita glass and dip the glass in the salt. Add more ice to the margarita glass and strain the shaken margarita into the glass. Garnish with a blood orange slice if desired. Enjoy!
- For the tequila, reposado is my favorite type for a smoother finish with more nuanced flavor, but a blanco tequila also works well.
- If you prefer a more tart margarita, you can leave out the simple syrup. I like the touch of sweetness and think it rounds out the flavors.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- Category: Cocktails
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Serving Size: 1 drink
- Calories: 251
- Sugar: 12
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 20
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 0
- Cholesterol: 0
Keywords: margarita, blood orange margarita, blood orange cocktail, tequila cocktail