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Margarita in a rocks glass with an orange peel garnish.

Blood Orange Margaritas

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 Cocktails 1x
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Cuisine: American


These easy blood orange margaritas are full of flavor - perfect for holidays or winter entertaining!



For the margaritas:

  • 3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) fresh squeezed blood orange juice (1-2 large blood oranges) 
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) simple syrup or orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh squeezed lime juice (2-4 large limes)
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) tequila
  • 2-3 cups ice, divided

Optional Garnishes: 

  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt or granulated sugar, for the glass rims
  • Fresh lime wedges
  • Fresh blood orange slices (or an orange twist)



Fresh squeezed juice can have quite a bit of pulp: For a smooth cocktail, be sure to strain it through the top strainer piece of a cocktail shaker or with a small mesh strainer.

Adjust the flavors to suit your tastes. For a sweeter cocktail, use additional simple syrup. For a more tart flavor, use extra lime or blood orange juice. This is a forgiving recipe - adjust the ratios to suit your palate!

Additions and Substitutions. Use grapefruit juice or navel orange juice in place of blood orange juice. Add a few slices of fresh jalapeño to the cocktail shaker for a hint of spice. For a blended margarita, place all ingredients in a powerful blender with 2-3 cups of ice and blend until smooth. Stretch these drinks by topping them off with a bit of club soda, tonic water, or prosecco. 

What kind of tequila should I use? Use a tequila you love to drink! We like Espolòn BlancoFamilia CamarenaMilagro, and Casamigos. But this drink is also good with gin, vodka, or a nonalcoholic spirit!

Make your own simple syrup by simmering 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar together in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves. You can also use triple sec or orange liqueur (we love Cointreau; Grand Marnier also works here) in place of the simple syrup if you like. 

Store extra blood orange juice or lime juice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

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