When you are ready for a fun and fruity cocktail, you can’t go wrong with a blood orange margarita! A little sweet, a little tart, just the right amount of tequila to go down easy, and such an awesome color – everything you’ll love in a drink.
One thing I think everyone has time for right now is cocktail hour! Whether you are dealing with the stress of going out and working or staying home to stay safe, you can’t go wrong with a margarita every now and then.
I have a few different drink recipes I’ve been working on (I’m thinking my Mai Tai should be next up!), but I had this beautiful fruit on hand so this one gets posted first.
What do you need?
- Blood oranges – It’s in the name! 🙂 One orange will generally make 2 drinks.
- Limes – Just enough to make it tart.
- Simple Syrup – Just enough to make it sweet again. (FYI – I had a brown sugar syrup on hand so that is what I used. Any syrup with a fairly mild flavor will do.)
- Alcohol – Orange liqueur (I like Grand Marnier) and tequila.
Tip: For the best flavor use a 100% agave tequila. There are many of them on the market and you can pick one up for a moderate price.
How to make this
To make a blood orange margarita mix together orange juice, lime juice, and simple syrup with tequila and orange liqueur. Shake with ice and then serve in an ice filled glass.
Whether you are making a pitcher or a single drink, this recipe is simple and straightforward!
Just juice your fruit. Then mix the fresh juice with syrup, tequila, and liqueur. That’s it! The only difference with making a pitcher is that you will want to pull back on the sugar until you taste it.
Why pull back on the sugar? Because small differences in a single drink can become quite large when you scale up. And it is a lot easier to add a bit more sweetness than to take it out.
Can this be made ahead?
Yes, it can! Mix together all of the drink ingredients and store the mix covered in the refrigerator up to one day. When you are ready to enjoy, prepare the glasses and serve.
What is the best orange liqueur to use?
Honestly, the best one is the one you have. That said, Grand Marnier is sweeter and has some vanilla in it, Cointreau is more dry and bitter (but still sweet), and Triple Sec is a less complex cousin of Cointreau and is a great budget choice.
I personally use Grand Marnier usually since that is what we keep on hand but I often use Cointreau as well.
If you try my recipe for Blood Orange Margarita, I would love to hear from you in the comments with your experience and rating! And I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
– Stay Safe, Annemarie
Homemade Blood Orange Margarita
- 1 oz blood orange juice
- 1/2 oz lime juice
- 1 1/2 oz tequila
- 1/4 oz orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- coarse salt, for rimming the glass
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well.
- Wet the rim of a glass with lime juice or water. Coat the rim with salt.
- Fill the glass with fresh ice and pour the drink into the glass. Garnish with a lime slice if desired.
- Making a Pitcher: For a large batch, combine 1 cup of blood orange juice with 1/2 cup of lime juice, 1 1/2 cups tequila, 1/2 cup orange liqueur, and 3/4 cup simple syrup. Add everything to a pitcher filled with ice and stir well. Taste and add more syrup by the spoonful until it is sweet enough.
- Simple Syrup: Combine 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and dissolve the sugar. Simmer 5 more minutes (to dissolve all the crystals). Then cool and store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 1 month.