Blood Orange Margaritas combine a simple combination of tequila, triple sec, freshly squeezed blood oranges, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Shake it up in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice, and pour it into two glasses rimmed with salt. Cocktails for two, always!
QUESTION: If you were stranded on a deserted island, which cocktail would be required?
MY ANSWER: Margaritas! 😀 What’s yours?
I love a good margarita, especially ones I make at home, simply because they aren’t loaded with sugar and they contain good quality alcohol. If I order them at a restaurant, I prefer the skinny versions, because as you can see, I add little to no added sugar. THESE margs are naturally sweetened with the beautiful blood oranges. Try them as is before you add sugar.
In addition to these margaritas, I love a good Apple Cider Margarita, a Strawberry Lemonade Frozen Margarita (great for making large batches), and a spicy Orange Jalapeño Margarita. So many good ones on the blog for you to try soon!
- Tequila – I always go with a silver tequila. Make sure you buy good quality!
- Triple Sec – Cointreau is my triple sec of choice.
- Blood Oranges – You’ll need about four to five blood oranges for this recipe, but getting a couple extra is always a good thing.
- Limes – A definite requirement for margaritas, in my opinion.
- Lots of ice – For the cocktail shaker and for the glasses.
- To serve – Kosher salt to rim the glasses and blood orange and lime slices.
How to make the best blood orange margaritas:
- Juice the fruit. Use a juicer to squeeze the blood oranges and the limes.
- Measure all ingredients. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Prep glasses. Run a lime wedge around the rim of two glasses. Dip in a plate of kosher salt. Garnish with blood orange and lime slices.
- Shake. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake, shake, shake. Pour into prepared glasses.
- Drink. Sip your blood orange marg with someone you love.
What are blood oranges?
The blood orange is a variety of orange with crimson, almost blood-colored flesh. This color is due to the presence of anthocyanins, a family of polyphenol pigments commonly found in many flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus fruits. The main compound found in red oranges is Chrysanthemin.
The buying season for blood oranges is typically from December to May, depending on the exact type. They are very hard to find outside these months.
What do blood oranges taste like?
Blood oranges are slightly sweeter than the normal orange. They are a great combination of sweet and tart, with hints of grapefruit and raspberry flavor. Blood oranges are also quite juicy, making it an easy fruit to squeeze for drinks and other recipes.
Blood Orange Margaritas
- 4 oz. silver tequila
- 2 oz. triple sec – I like Cointreau
- 2 oz. lime juice – freshly squeezed
- 6 oz. blood orange juice – freshly squeezed
- lots of ice
- kosher salt – to rim the glasses
- blood orange slices and lime slices – to serve
- simple syrup – optional, for a sweeter taste
- Juice the fruit, by using a citrus press to squeeze the blood oranges and limes.
- Measure all ingredients and add to a cocktail shaker (or large mason jar).
- Prep glasses. Run a lime wedge around the rim of two glasss. Dip glasses in a plate of kosher salt. Add ice to the glasses and garnish with slices of blood oranges and limes.
- Shake. Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into prepared glasses and enjoy.