Oh My WORD! This beautiful blood orange margarita recipe is so delicious! I mean, seriously. Look at it! It is everything you want in a tasty margarita.
This is a redo of my original post that was published February of 2016.
Detour from the blood orange margarita
My friend, Devon and I worked at the same Mexican restaurant and we adore margaritas. ADORE, I tell you! Back then, we were always on the lookout for the best margarita out there and ordered them every chance we got.
We’d take jaunts together on our days off. We would gravitate to the states north of Massachusetts. Off to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine we’d go.
On one particular jaunt, we went to Bangor, Maine where we spied a Mexican restaurant and, of course, we had to check it out. When we walked in it was not quite 5:00 so, according to their rules, we had to order an appetizer with our margarita. We ordered nachos. The food is not important here, the margarita is. I had my back to the bar and Devon was facing it. As we were waiting for the margarita, I saw Devon’s eyes grow HUGE. I thought, “What the heck is happening?” Soon after, the bartender came over with our drinks, which looked suspiciously transparent.
Devon, tried to warn me with the expression in her eyes. I, alas, was clueless; staring single-mindedly at the drink before me. “Margarita, margarita!” I heard the chant over and over in my mind. The girl also brought our nachos, which she set down in front of us.
Grasping my straw, I took a greedy sip of my drink.
COUGH, COUGH!! Sputter!
Holy moly. Too much booze! Contrary to popular belief, more alcohol does not a better drink make.
After she went back to the bar, Devon told me that the girl had poured 4 inches of tequila, 2 inches of triple sec and a SPLASH of sour mix!
A few minutes later, the girl returned to see how we liked our drinks. She told us she had made them special for us, as we were from out of town.
“Too much booze!” is what we wanted to say, but instead we said that they were fine. We didn’t want to hurt her feelings: she looked so proud of herself.
At this point, we were very thankful we’d been required to order food with our cocktails because we needed the nachos to soak up the alcohol. After we finished as much as we could of our drinks without hurting the bartender’s feelings, we had to go back to our hotel room to SLEEP. It was only 6:00 p.m., but there was no way we could go out around the town.
I drove. Slowly.
Recently, Devon said that she couldn’t believe we made it back to the hotel. I couldn’t either. We collapsed on our beds and slept for hours.
On to the recipe:
I am always up for a margarita. Give it to me made any way and I’ll drink it.
Well, I need to amend that statement. I wouldn’t drink a hot dog margarita if there was such a thing. I hope there isn’t one out there. I really do.
The Blood Orange Margarita Ingredients and the Mixing
We have tequila, Cointreau, and the juice of some blood oranges. Fini!
Though, if you like a sweet margarita, you could add some simple syrup. One ounce will do, but truthfully, I don’t like an overly sweet margarita. So, make it exactly as the recipe states. Then sip it, if it’s not sweet enough to your liking, add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup.
Here we go. This recipe is for 2 blood orange margaritas.
I fill a shaker 3/4 full of ice. I measure out 4 ounces of tequila.
Patron Silver is still my fave rave.
I pour the tequila into the shaker.
Next up, the Cointreau, cuz if you want a quality cocktail, go with the good stuff. Otherwise you can use triple sec.
I pour out 2 ounces.
Into the shaker it goes.
Time for the star of the show. The blood orange juice.
These particular oranges aren’t as juicy as I thought they would be and I was glad that I had bought four. Never thought I’d use three of them.
But, I did. Squeezed every last bit of juice out of them.
Seven ounces of that blood red lusciousness. So, if you are making only one margarita, 3.5 ounces will do.
Into the shaker it goes.
Now it is time to deal with the glass. I use a basic high ball glass and a new glass I found at a store.
I get a little plate and put some kosher salt on it. I wet the rim of the glass with a little water.
I then place the glass on the plate, making sure the salt sticks to the rim. I shake it upside down so any excess is removed and turn it right side up. (This is an old photo.)
Let’s take a gander at the shaker filled with the blood orange margarita.
I cap the shaker, shake it for 15 seconds and pour the contents into the glasses. I’m careful not to pour the liquid over the salted rims as I don’t want the blood orange margarita to get salty. It’s best to keep the salt on the glass and not in the drink. 🙂
I ease a few slices of blood orange into the glasses.
Here’s another shot, taken from a different angle.
I hope you enjoyed this blood orange margarita recipe. It truly is a fruity and delicious cocktail. I hope you try it!
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And as always, may all your dishes be delish!
- 4 ounces tequila I used Patron Silver
- 2 ounces Cointreau or triple sec
- 7 ounces of freshly squeezed blood orange juice
Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 way with ice
Add tequila, Cointreau and blood orange juice.
- Cap shaker
- Place kosher salt on a plate
- Wet rim of high ball glass or margarita glass
- Place on salted plate
- Shake off excess salt and place glass right side up
Shake the shaker for 15 seconds, vigorously
Pour contents in glasses, being careful to not pour it on salt
Ease an orange slice into each blood orange margarita. Let it peek out
- Admire the colors
Try it first without the simple syrup to see if it is sweet enough. If you like a sweeter cocktail, add the .25 ounce of simple syrup to each cocktail.