Summer’s over and citrus season is coming! Here’s a great twist on the classic margarita for the fall and winter months – using blood oranges.

Blood oranges are unique in color and rich in fruit flavor, and they sweeten up the drink so you can ditch the simple syrup you normally add to a margarita. Any time I use blood oranges for anything at a party, they are a conversation piece. So here’s a bit of trivia! These beautiful oranges originated in Sicily and the deep color comes from the low temperatures at night in the Mediterranean.

Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Ingredients (for 2 drinks)

  • 2 oz fresh blood orange juice (about 2-3 blood oranges)
  • 2 oz Triple Sec (or Grand Marnier, Curaçao, Cointreau)
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
  • kosher salt for rimming the glass


  • Pour salt onto a plate. Wet the rim of the glasses with water or lime juice and press the rims into the salt.
  • Add the cocktail ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into the glasses. You can server “up” or with more ice. Garnish with a twist of the orange peel or a slice of the orange.

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