Gorgeous red orange color and so smooth, these Blood Orange Margaritas are the best margaritas ever! Full of fresh, crisp flavors that are perfect for sipping.
The Best Margarita Recipe Ever
I celebrate all the major holidays - including National Margarita Day.
Wait...what? It's not considered a major holiday? Well, it should be because nothing else delivers like a perfectly prepared margarita. I'll take margaritas in almost any form, but once I discovered these blood orange margaritas, I knew I had a favorite.
Oh, I don't like to play favorites - with my children or my margaritas. But c'mon, you know that one child that is just a teensy bit higher up on your list? This margarita is that child.
So smooth. So crisp. So perfect.
Ingredients in the Margarita Recipe
Tequila - you want to use a good quality white tequila.
Salt - for rimming the glass.
Blood Orange Juice - freshly squeezed. Buy oranges when they're in season and freeze the juice in ice cube trays.
Lime Juice - fresh squeezed, save lime wedge for running along the edge of glass.
Simple Syrup - equal parts water and sugar heated until sugar dissolves. Store in refrigerator for about a month.
Cointreau - or Triple Sec or my Homemade Orange Liqueur also works. Some people only use cointreau in margaritas, while I prefer it's flavor if sipping straight or in a cocktail where the cointreau flavor would be more forward, in a margarita I am fine with a less expensive liqueur.
Steps for Making a Blood Orange Margarita
Steps 1 and 2 - juice your blood oranges. It's easiest using a citrus press, we use a commercial juicer and while it's an investment up front, we've had it for 6 years and we still love it! Gather the rest of your ingredients: lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, salt, and simple syrup.
Steps 3 and 4 - Run a lime wedge along the rim of your glasses and dip in salt to coat the rim. Add tequila to a cocktail shaker.
Steps 5 and 6 - Add blood orange juice and lime juice to cocktail shaker.
Steps 7 and 8 - add orange liqueur to cocktail shaker and then add ice.
Steps 9 and 10 - place lid on cocktail shaker and shake for about 20 seconds.
Steps 11 and 12 - pour into cocktail glass and garnish with a blood orange slice.
That's it, that's all there is to making this delicious cocktail!
Blood Orange Cocktails
Blood orange season is fleeting. I wait all year for it and then enjoy every single sip of this margarita. I also enjoy this Blood Orange Whiskey Sour. I'm thinking I need to come up with blood orange gin and tonic, what do you think?
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Blood Orange Margaritas
- Himalayan Salt or Kosher for the rim of the glass
- lime wedge
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila silver, blanco
- 1 ounce blood orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1/4 ounce Cointreau
- Rub rim of margarita glass with lime wedge and dip rim into salt. Hold glass at the angle you like to put as much salt on as you prefer.
- Put the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill about half way with ice. Place the lid on the top and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
- Pour into the salt-rimmed margarita glass and serve with the lime wedge.
This post was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2019.