Blood Orange Margaritas

You know what are delicious? Blood orange margaritas, that's what.

margaritas1A couple of years ago, I whipped up some sour mix and made cousin Ken a margarita, and he hasn't been able to get it out of his head.

We've had our beach trip with Ken and his wife Candace on the books for months and months. We didn't have much of a plan, but there was one thing that was certain. Ken expected margaritas. I had fully intended to make some sour mix, but then I realized that deconstructed sour mix--or rather, simple syrup and some lemons and limes--would be more flexible. Especially because I had blood oranges on my mind.

Blood Orange MargaritasNot only are blood oranges beautiful, but I find their juice to be somewhat less sweet and a bit more astringent than regular old oranges. It's a little more balanced--some backbone along with the sweet citrus. Since it is so balanced, it works really well in cocktails, like these lovely blood orange margaritas.

This recipe makes four enormous margaritas or six normal-people-sized margaritas. I suggest you leave your glass all the way across the house from wherever you are. I also suggest that you  have snacks placed along the corridor between you and your beverage. That way, you won't just suck it right down and you'll have something in your stomach to soak up the alcohol. I am nothing if not helpful.

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Blood Orange Margaritas
Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 4-6
What You Need
For the Simple Syrup
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup filtered water!For the glasses
  • 1 wedge of lime
  • about ½ cup kosher salt spread out on a saucer large enough to accommodate the rim of the glasses
For the Actual Margaritas
  • 1½ cups (12 oz) silver tequila
  • ½ cup (4 oz) Grand Marnier
  • ½ cup (4 oz) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • ¼ cup (2 oz) simple syrup, or to taste
Optional Garnish
  • one blood orange round per glass
What To Do
For the Simple Syrup
  1. Stir the sugar and water together in a small sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. Let boil for about a minute before removing from the heat.
  4. Cool and then chill until cold
  5. This makes more than you will probably need. Use the extra to make more margaritas or to sweeten cold drinks.
For the Glasses
  1. Wipe all around the rim of one margarita glass with the lime wedge.
  2. Dip the rim in the salt, making sure the salt adheres evenly.
  3. Set aside and repeat with the remaining glasses.
For the Actual Margaritas
  1. In a pitcher, stir together all the ingredients.
  2. Taste and add more simple syrup if you think it needs it.
  3. Fill the glasses to the brim with ice.
  4. Fill the glasses with delicious, ruby red margaritas.
  5. Garnish with a round of blood orange if you'd like

And there you have it. These blood orange margaritas are nicely balanced, and of course you know I like to shove all the salt off the rim and into the drink. Maybe that whole salt thing is part of why I appreciate a good margarita. These are not too sweet, are packed with alcohol but don't have a harsh alcohol burn (hence the suggestion to leave them at the other end of the house), and are nicely balanced between the peppery tequila, the brightness of all the citrus and just enough simple syrup to bring everything into focus.

Blood Orange MargaritasI hope you enjoy these as much as we did.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day.




  1. says

    I admit it; I am a margarita snob. I make the best marg I’ve ever had so of course I like to check out other recipes and you are so on the money. FRESH fruit. Not rotgut gold tequila. PLUS Grand Marnier, not triple sec which is just artificially flavored sugar water anyhow!

    Way to go…now you know I want to go make one. I have one orange left; probably the last of the season…and this seems the best use of it doesn’t it? I knew you would agree!


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