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Blood Orange Margaritas

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Whip up these sublime Blood Orange Margaritas – Take advantage of the gorgeous citrus in the market to make these deeply hued, delicious margaritas!

Blood Orange Margaritas in stemmed cocktail glass in front of oranges and a crystal ice bucket

Blood Orange Margaritas 

I have to admit that a classic margarita is my absolute favorite cocktail, but the aroma of this combination of oranges and limes swayed me to the dark side, the blood orange side. Just look at the vibrant color of these blood orange margaritas!

If you can’t find blood oranges, feel free to use your favorite juice orange. They’ll be just as wonderful in these blood orange margaritas!

Blood Orange Margaritas in a martini glass on a red napkin

What Are Blood Oranges?

Blood oranges are oranges with a high level of anthocyanin which gives them a crimson hue. A natural mutation of a regular sweet orange brought about this beautiful variety with a taste that’s a cross between an orange and raspberry, and tarter than a sweet navel orange. Cool-weather helps promote the production of anthocyanin, so the best growing season is between December and May.

Blood oranges are gorgeous in salads, orange curd, and cocktails! Their deep color makes for an exquisite presentation!

Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch

Lea Ann is a Denver based food blogger who adores both food and wine as well as a fellow Sunday Supper participant. Her focus is on Southwest flavors, like these amazing margaritas.

Please pop over and check out her terrific recipes. I’ve been eyeing her Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp (wouldn’t those be wonderful for the Super Bowl???) and her Skirt Steak Salad (a healthier entree for the post-holiday season). I know you’ll also be inspired, too. That’s how I came up with these yummy Blood Orange Margaritas.

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Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

A vibrant twist on the margarita featuring blood oranges

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 9


  • 2/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup silver tequila
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau
  • 2 cups fresh blood orange juice (about 6 oranges)
  • A lime half for moistening the glass rims
  • Kosher salt or sugar


  1. Juice the blood oranges. In a pitcher, stir together the lime juice, sugar and ¾ cup water until the sugar has dissolved. Add the tequila, Cointreau and blood orange juice.
  2. Rub the rims of three 6-ounce martini glasses with the cut side of a lime half. Spread coarse salt or sugar on a small plate and press the rims of the glasses until coated. Fill a cocktail shaker about ¾ full of ice and measure in 1½ cups of the cocktail mix for 3 drinks. Cover and shake for about 15 seconds to thoroughly chill the mixture. Strain into the glasses. Garnish the glasses with a slice of blood orange and a slice of lime if desired.


Adapted from Rick Bayless via Cooking on the Ranch

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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 1g


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