This colorful and seasonal cocktail is perfect for when you see Blood Oranges available in your local grocery store. This is a colorful variation of the classic margarita recipe uses fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as premium tequila. A perfect way to use this gorgeous seasonal fruit with a show stopping cocktail.
So just the other day I was at Trader Joe’s and the food sample being distributed wasn’t something that was processed or really pre-packaged was offered: blood oranges. Yes, these cute little fruits have hit shelves. And while I love to snack on them, I also don’t mind them in a margarita. The ones available were labeled as “Moro.” I tend to not see these oranges all year long.
Pictured below are two oranges: a navel and a blood orange. The color is different in the fruit but also in the exterior. Most blood oranges I’ve seen also seem to be a bit smaller as well.
When Are Blood Oranges in Season?
You might see blood oranges hit shelves between December and May. In fact, they may not even be the same variety of blood oranges. Blood oranges come in several varieties. The most common varieties include:
- Moro– The most common, native to Sicily, and is more intense in flavor and aroma than a regular orange. It is also more bitter.
- Taracco– Is the sweetest of the three varieties available and also contains the most Vitamin C. This variety is seedless.
- Sanguinello– Similar to the Moro variety but has “veins” of blood coloring instead of the intense red color. You probably won’t find this at the early part of the season as many don’t mature until February.
My Tips on Making A Blood Orange Margarita
- Don’t buy cheap tequila. You want to avoid anything that is a Mixto. Be sure it says 100% Pure Agave. Mixtos only need to be 51% agave, which is why many of us in college ended up not liking tequila or have bad memories with tequila.
- Blood oranges are nearly as pigmented as beets. Therefore, be sure to wear an apron or some other protective clothing, otherwise you will be testing out laundry detergents.
- No need to buy a margarita glass rimming set. As long as you have kosher salt, you are good.
- Because of the different varieties of blood oranges, you may need to adapt the amount of simple syrup. I had the Moro variety available when I made this, which is more bitter. Therefore, this recipe might need to be adapted if you find other varieties.
- Rimming the glass- There are different ways of going about this. Feel free to figure out which one you like best.
- Ice. One of the single most important and overlooked ingredients. If your ice is funky, your cocktail will be too. If you live in an area where the water tastes off, then make ice with bottled water or buy ice.
- Use only freshly squeezed juice. The bottled lime juice never tastes the same as fresh.
How to Make A Blood Orange Margarita
Step 1 (optional): Rimming the glass. Do this first, as I personally am so excited about a cocktail, that I remember this step after I pour it into .a glass and it is too late. Lesson Learned: Do it first so you don’t forget. You can use the juice from the fruit or simple syrup to achieve a beautiful rim. Dip into kosher salt after you have rimmed the glass. Set aside.
Step 2: In a cocktail shaker tequila, blood orange juice, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup. Add ice to shaker.
Step 3: Shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds until the sides of the shaker are cold. Pour into a glass full of ice and garnish.
And the look from overhead:
The difference between using quality ice and regular ice. To get clearer ice boil water and fill a ice cube container. Place in freezer. This will eliminate a good portion of the cloudiness:
I hope you enjoy this Blood Orange Margarita!
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Blood Orange Margarita
- 3 ounces Tequila
- 2 ounces Blood Orange Juice Freshly squeezed
- 1.5 ounces Lime Juice
- .5 ounces Simple Syrup
- Ice Sufficient for both mixing and pouring
- 1 slice blood orange
- 1 tsp simple syrup (corn syrup, agave, or juice from slice to rim glass)
- kosher salt sufficient for rimming the glass
Tools and Glassware
- Glassware Margarita glass or old fashioned glass work well here.
- If you wish to rim your glass, now is the time. Either rub the rim of glass with a lime wedge or put 1 tsp (no need to measure) of simple syrup on a plate and run the rim of the glass against the liquid.
- Place kosher salt on separate plate, and run the rim of the glass along the rim to get good coverage.
To Make This Blood Orange Margarita
- Add lime juice, tequila, and blood orange juice to the shaker
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake for 15-20 seconds until the shaker is very cold
- Pour into your glass
- Enjoy responsibly!
- Be sure to use quality ice and tequila
- Depending on the variety of Blood Orange you may need to vary the amount of simple syrup