The perfect blend of sweet blood orange juice, smooth tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice makes this margarita a masterpiece cocktail.
The best margarita recipes use minimal ingredients that are high-quality and fresh!
Here’s what you need:
- Blood orange: the juice from one large blood orange will be enough for this recipe. Read below for a mix or juice.
- Blanco or Silver Tequila: use your favorite brand.
- Cointreau or Triple Sec: these orange-flavored liquors will sweeten and balance this cocktail.
- Lime juice: freshly squeezed is best. You’ll need about one lime for this.
- Salt: optional for rimming.
The measurements for this cocktail are in the recipe card below.
This cocktail comes together quickly for the ultimate happy hour drink or brunch experience. Whether you use Triple Sec or Cointreau, I don't recommend omitting it because it adds to the cocktail; otherwise, you basically have an Orange Juice and Tequila drink.
How to Make a Blood Orange Margarita
Follow these simple steps for a sip-worthy experience:
- Prep the Glass
If you love a rimmed glass, rub a lime wedge or slice of blood orange along the rim and dip it into the tequila salt. Set it aside to dry.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, freshly squeezed blood orange juice, tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice.
Secure the top and shake well until the sides are frosted.
- Serve & Garnish
Fill the glass with ice and the blood orange margarita mixture, and garnish with a wedge of blood orange.
Does This Margarita Need Simple Syrup?
No. The blood orange juice is naturally sweet enough that you won’t need to add simple syrup. The orange liqueur in this margarita recipe also adds extra sweetness.
What Is a Blood Orange?
Blood orange is a variety of orange that has a deep red flesh and is sweeter than regular oranges with less acidity. Blood oranges are great for margaritas since they are naturally sweeter, allowing you to omit ingredients such as simple syrup and other sweeteners!
Can I Use Blood Orange Juice or a Mix?
While juice from fresh blood oranges will give this margarita the ultimate fresh taste, it can also be made with store-bought blood orange juice, which can be hard to find. I've also heard people using this blood orange syrup which can be diluted and turned into the base for this recipe.
How to Serve Blood Orange Margaritas
Use a short glass or tall with extra ice for this cocktail and it's sure to be a winner. Rimming the glass with salt is optional and a fresh blood orange slice or lime slice always makes a terrific garnish. Serve with American Tacos or another favorite taco night recipe.
Blood Orange Margarita Recipe
- 2 ounces tequila, silver or blanco
- 1 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1 juice from a large blood orange, 3 ounces
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice, about 1 lime
- Salt for rimming, optional
- If you enjoy a salted drink, prep the rim of your glass by rubbing a lime wedge or the sliced blood orange along the rim. Dip in tequila salt, fill the glass with ice, and set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Squeeze the juice from the blood orange and pour it inside the shaker.
- Add tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Shake until the sides are fully frosted.
- Pour into the ice-filled glass and garnish with a wedge of blood orange.