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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 Margaritas photo and text collage for Pinterest
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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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


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42 comments on “Blood Orange Margaritas”

  1. oooo l la, Liz, that sure does look like an inviting cocktail! Love that sparkly rim, lol…Blood Oranges are in abundance right now. I’m gonna get me some:)

    Thanks for sharing, Liz…

  2. now that looks refreshing and so tasty! love the vibrant color

  3. Not a cocktail drinker, but I really love the vibrant colour.

  4. Beautiful, beautiful mixed drink…the color is lovely! I know what I’m doing with my stash of blood oranges! 😉

  5. Lots of drink recipes this month. I guess nobody gave up alcohol as a New Year’s Resolution LOL.

  6. a really delicious Margarita Lizzy!! cheers !!!

  7. I just saw the first blood oranges of the season last night. Love this way to use them!

  8. Blood orange margarita sounds wonderful and it looks so attractive in that photo!

  9. It looks very festive:@)

  10. Beautiful color of margarita you got there, Liz. Happy New Year! 🙂

  11. I think the best part of this drink is that ring of sugar. It really goes well with the drink. Thanks for the links and the shout out! I need to make that again this season before those oranges are out of season. And as far as that Pancetta wrapped shrimp…. make it .. and that’s an order! 🙂

  12. Girl you know I am sooooo down with this! LOVING this bad boy! A fabulous twist on a margarita!!

  13. My favourite drink just from blood orange colour alone!

    Choc Chip Uru

  14. I love the color of these margaritas. I have a bag of blood oranges in my fridge and I think these will be one of my weekend cocktails!

  15. Gorgeous drink and gorgeous photo, Liz! Love that thick rim of sparkling sugar!

  16. Such a great idea to start the new year with a sparkly cocktail, especially one with such vibrant flavor! I had such fun discovering Lea Ann’s blog and it’s clear you did too 🙂

  17. I remember you’ve some recipes using blood red oranges too & I love it. I haven’t these in the supermarket tho. Mmm……

  18. Blood oranges have such a beautiful flavour, I imagine this drink is divine!

  19. I love the explosion of citrus happening right now! Sharing this loveliness on my page today 🙂

  20. Looks fantastic and they’re so pretty! 🙂 I love blood orange, I found some the other day that I had somehow managed to fine here and they were orange inside. So disappointing.

  21. We love our margaritas! Your pictures are absolutely stunning, Liz. I just love the deep, rich color from the blood oranges.

  22. Love this sparkly drink! I am a huge blood orange fan and this would be ideal for a end of week cocktail. Great Choice!

  23. I love the color of this margarita…I know still early for me to sample one of this beauty…but will try to make one as soon as I get home…
    Hope you are enjoying your week Liz 🙂

  24. Wow, this is just about as perfect as a sparkly recipe gets for our January theme! Love this!

  25. Sublime indeed, the color is just stunning!

  26. This is the favorite drink of my pen pal (internet buddy). This is a pretty one. I’ve never had this drink and at this age I can’t because of the acidity.

  27. Your blood orange margaritas do sparkle with good health (it’s vitamin C – right?) and cheers to good times in 2015! Happy New Year, Liz. Wishing you and yours all the best =)

  28. Gorgeous, Liz! I have a friend who is a grower of blood oranges and they are exquisite! I might use some to make this one! Thank you xo

  29. I love blood oranges, their color is just so striking. And of course, I love margaritas, so these are calling my name!

  30. I just added blood oranges to our grocery list!

  31. I LOVE blood orange and you did such a good job with these!!! 😉 How fantastic! I can’t wait to make some for myself!

  32. This cocktail is gorgeous, Liz! Love the color and it looks so refreshing!

  33. Wow! looks amazing!
    I’m not much of a fan of alcohol and have never tried margarita nor blood orange.
    Looks really great!

  34. What a great cocktail. Love Lea Ann’s blg.

  35. I do love blood oranges. They come in such a range of pretty colours. I do love anything with a sparkle and so this drink would do me. I don’t think I’ve ever had a blood orange margarita! xx

  36. Hi Lizzy,
    I don’t usually drink but this one looks so pretty.
    I’m subscribed to receive e-mails when you post but this is post was the last one I received. I’m going to try signing up again to see if that helps.

  37. Blood Orange Margaritas is something new for me! Looks yummy. I found your post from Pinterest! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  38. The colors are so vibrant and your photography is fantastic! Thx for sharing blood orange margaritas recipe, I definitely add it to my cookbook!

  39. This is now my new favorite cocktail!

  40. Dangerously delicious! I love the color and flavor – the perfect margarita!

  41. This drink looks so delicious and refreshing- I love blood orange, and the mix of tequila and Cointreau is intriguing’

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