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A photo of a blood orange margarita with slices of blood orange in the glass and a salted rim.

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood orange juice transforms a classic margarita to this gorgeous winter blood orange margarita. Fresh blood oranges are mixed with tequila, lime juice, agave and pure vanilla extract for a bright and fresh tequila cocktail.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 4 oz tequila
  • 4.5 oz blood orange juice (from about 2 medium blood oranges)
  • 2 ounces lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 1 ounce agave
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

For Serving:

  • 2 cups ice cubes (for shaker and margarita glass)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt (for rimming the glass)
  • 1 lime wedge (for rimming the glass)

Instructions

  • Run a lime wedge around the rim of your margarita glasses
  • Then, place kosher salt on a small plate a little larger than the diameter of your margarita glass.
  • Dip the margarita glass in the salt, rolling it until the lime juice catches the salt.
  • Put a few ice cubes in each glass and set aside.
  • Juice blood oranges and limes to get enough juice for your cocktail. Use a strainer to remove any seeds.
  • Fill your cocktail shaker up with ice. Then, add tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, agave and vanilla to your cocktail shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds and pour into salt-rimmed glasses.
  • Garnish with additional sliced blood oranges if desired.

Notes

Notes:
  • This cocktail makes 2 servings, which both fit (just barely) into my cocktail shaker. Depending on the size of your cocktail shaker, you may want to split the recipe in half and shake each half separately. 
  • You can easily scale this recipe to make more blood orange margaritas if you're serving a crowd. 
  • I use agave for a sweetener because it is very thin and mixes in easily with the cocktail. Honey is too thick in my opinion. If you have simple syrup on hand, you can definitely use that instead. My rosemary simple syrup recipe will show you how to make it at home easily!

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 128IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg