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Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail (+ Classic Recipe)

A blood orange margarita is just a delicious classic margarita with extra blood orange! It's plenty tart and sweet from the blood orange and lime, with a rush of tequila and orange liqueur.

 

Serveral different styled glasses filled with a bright red margarita.

 

It is a perfect and easy cocktail for brunch, pool parties, and of course - Cinco de Mayo! It is easy to make for a crowd, as it's just a simple stirring situation.

 

This cocktail is America's favorite cocktail to order at a bar, 18 % of all cocktail orders are in fact, margaritas. And I totally see why, that sweet and tangy drink sure is easy to like.

 

Why you’ll love this recipe

 

Chances are you came here because it's blood orange season, and you love blood oranges, or have a lot of blood oranges. Yes, this is the perfect drink for that! 

 

Or maybe you came here because you love margaritas? It has all the flavors of the classic. It is also an easy cocktail to make, with just a slight addition to the ever-so-popular classic margarita.

 

The bases of this cocktail are ingredients any cocktail-lover should always have on hand.

 

And it's easy to make a batch of this cocktail! Like the sangria, or classic mojito

 

Blood orange margarita in a coupe glass, garnished with dehydrated lime slice.

 

Ingredients

 

  • Blood orange juice: The extra kick of today's cocktail. Using this sweet, seasonal fruit complements the orange liqueur already in the classic margarita. Yum.
  • Lime juice; The sour of the drink. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the ultimate experience. Also, save some lime juice for rimming the glass with salt. 
  • Tequila; There's no need to go for the top-shelf tequila for a margarita, just go for a blanco tequila you enjoy. My favorite is the Sierra Tequila Silver, a decent tequila at a good price. 
  • Orange liqueur: To sweeten the drink while also providing a beautiful depth and complexity. My favorite is the Cointreau, but Triple Sec works too.
  • Coarse sea salt (or kosher salt): salt intensifies the sweet and sour flavors in the drink. It makes the sour taste brighter, by dampening bitter tastes. The drink will not be the same without it, so it should never be omitted. 

 

Ingredients to make blood orange margarita.

 

Step-by-step instructions

 

First rim the glasses with salt. Add lime juice and coarse sea salt to two separate shallow bowls. Dip the glass first in the lime juice, then roll it in the salt, at a slight angle to get more salt around the edges.

 

Salt rimmed glasses.

 

To a shaker, add ice and all the ingredients, and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into your favorite glass. Best served over ice and garnished with a blood orange slice or dehydrated citrus (find a recipe for it in my Summer Drinks e-book!). 

 

To make a classic margarita, simply omit the blood orange juice. Like most of my other cocktail recipes, I like to always add the classic version so you know what to expect.

 

A bright red cocktail in a glass cocktail shaker.

 

I've done this with gin fizz in my Apricot Rosemary Gin Fizz, Whiskey Sour, and this Blackberry Martini is also a classic with just added blackberry syrup. 

 

Please, please - do NOT - use any pre-mixed sour Margarita mixes. There really are zero reasons to use the stuff. Not even easier.

 

Storage

 

A cocktail is usually best served right away. But you could actually mix it a couple of hours in advance, considering it doesn't have any bubbly. 

 

Keep it chilled in the fridge, and when ready to serve, add ice! 

 

Blood orange margarita in a margarita glass.

 

Recipe FAQs

Classic margarita ratio

The classic margarita recipe calls for 1 part Cointreau (or Triple Sec), 1 part lime juice, and 3 parts tequila.

 

However, some also state the 3-2-1 ratio: 3 parts tequila, 2 parts Cointreau, and 1 part lime juice.

 

Honestly, neither of these ratios agrees with my palate. I like my drinks sour and not too strong, so this blood orange margarita has a 1-1-1 ratio.

 

Any ratio is ok, as long as you find it delicious! The most important thing to remember, if you want to call it a margarita: use tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur.

 

Blood orange margarita in a coupe glass and green background.

 

What tequila do I use for a blood orange margarita?

Blanco tequila is best suited for margaritas. 'Blanco' or 'silver' means the tequila is clear. They don't overwhelm the other components of the drink. Darker tequilas are bolder, and best suited on their own.

 

Here are a few blanco tequilas that are suited for blood orange margaritas - or any margaritas.

 

And what about the Triple Sec?

Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. A margarita needs orange liqueur, but what brand you choose is up to you. Triple Sec and Cointreau are the most common.

 

I'm a huge fan of Cointreau - that is the orange liqueur of my choice.

 

I put it in orange cranberry sauce, cranberry sangria, and oh - even more cranberry - cranberry sauce breakfast muffins.

 

Cointreau works so well with the tangy stuff, aka lime (and cranberries).

 

Blood orange margarita in a margarita glass. Cocktail shaker in the background.

 

History of the classic margarita recipe

As with many stories about who invented what, we can't tell for sure which story is right. However, the most widely common theory about the classic margarita cocktail is that of Texas socialite Margarita Sames.

 

In the late 40s, Margarita lived a crazy party life with her husband. She supposedly got the idea when she was looking for a new, refreshing drink to serve her many guests on vacation in Acapulco, Mexico.

 

The main advantage of the drink was that she could drink a lot of it without getting too drunk (wait what! I had to make it weaker...).

 

Bright red margarita in a rocks glass, red towel in the background.

 

Another story is that of bartender/restaurant owner Carlos 'Danny' Herrera, in Tijuana, Mexico.

 

He claims to have invented the margarita in 1938, when a restaurantgoer, Marjorie King, declared she was allergic to all spirits apart from tequila but didn't like to drink it straight. He took the classic tequila shot with lime and salt and created the margarita out of it.

 

Read more about the mystery behind who created the margarita, here.

 

Bright red margarita in a stemmed glass, green background.

 

Expert tips

Freeze blood orange juice

Blood oranges may be seasonal, but we can now have a blood orange margarita all year round! All you need to do is to juice all the blood oranges you can get, once they are in season - which is January-March-ish.

 

Fruit juices only stay fresh in the refrigerator for a few days, but they can actually freeze for up to 18 months. The longer you freeze it, the less nutrition is retained, but the flavor will still be there.

 

Slices of blood oranges covering the entire image.

 

The one thing you need to keep in mind when freezing fruit juices is that frozen liquid expands. So you shouldn't fill the container all the way up (half an inch should do the trick).

 

Thaw the jar or container in the refrigerator overnight. Give it a good stir or a shake before drinking it as it can separate a little while thawing.

 

If you read this after blood orange season and didn't get to freeze any blood orange juice, you can choose whatever citrus fruit you like, such as more lime (can never get enough lime!) or regular oranges.

 

Or perhaps rhubarb is in season and you can make this Rhubarb Moscow Mule!

 

Here's an old photo of the drink, for your pleasure:

 

Close-up of one glass with blood orange margarita, garnished with blood orange on the side and in the drink.

 

Did you like this recipe? Here are more Cinco de Mayo-worthy recipes:

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This recipe was originally published on Feb. 4th, 2020, but updated on Jan. 28th, 2023 for better photos and content.

Blood or ange margarita in a coupe glass, garnished with dehydrated lime slice.

Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This blood orange margarita recipe is just a delicious classic margarita with extra blood orange! Sweet & tart, with punch from the tequila.

Ingredients

  • 1 small blood orange, juice only (¼ cup or 70 milliliters)
  • 1 lime, juice only. (1 ounce or 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 ½ ounces blanco tequila (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 ½ ounces Cointreau (3 tablespoons, or Triple Sec)
  • Coarse sea salt to rim the glasses (or kosher salt)

Instructions

  1. To chill the glasses, fill them with ice cubes.
  2. In a shaker, add ice cubes, the blood orange juice, lime juice, tequila and Cointreau. Shake for 15-30 seconds to combine and cool. This drink can also just be stirred, but it won't get as cool.
  3. To rim the glasses, add course salt to a plate. Discard the ice cubes from the glasses, and rim with a little lime juice. Hold the glass in a 45 degree angle on the plate and give it a little turn so the salt sticks to the juice
  4. Strain the blood orange margarita into the glasses. Garnish with slices of blood oranges or dehydrated citrus wheels, if desired.

Notes

Blood orange juice can be frozen for up to 18 months. Do not fill the container all the way up, as frozen liquid expands. If you can't find blood oranges, simply use regular oranges or more lime.

Make a classic margarita: Omit the blood orange juice. I would also reduce the tequila and Cointreau to 1 ounce each.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 10.2gFiber: 0.3gSugar: 5.9gProtein: 0.6g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, estimate for informational purposes only.

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Giangi Townsend

Tuesday 31st of January 2023

Great recipe! The flavors are perfect and refreshing. Thank you.

Joyce

Monday 10th of February 2020

I am a huge fan of blood oranges and this recipe looks so yummy and refreshing! Definitely have to give it a try!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Thank you so much, Joyce!

Jenni LeBaron

Monday 10th of February 2020

Yum! I love a good margarita and I have a pile of blood oranges sitting on my counter just begging me to use them in a delightful margarita like these! Can't wait to give this recipe a try!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

That sounds like destiny to me! Enjoy!

Jacque Hastert

Monday 10th of February 2020

One delicious cocktail that would be perfect when it warms up outside. I can't wait to pour a glass while sitting on my patio.

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Make sure to save some blood orange juice in the freezer, and this could be the next Summer cocktail as well.

Emily

Saturday 8th of February 2020

This is the most beautiful margarita ever! Love the blood orange in this!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Monday 10th of February 2020

Thank you so much, sweet Emily!

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