Blood Orange Margaritas

by Shawnda on April 27, 2011

in Beverages,Cinco de Mayo,Fruit,Margaritas,Mexican & TexMex

Blood Orange Margaritas

With grapefruit season dwindling, the area of my kitchen that was previously devoted to 18 pound bags of ruby citrus from south Texas now sits empty. We do our part to support the local industry, averaging a bag every week/week and a half. That’s a lot of grapefruit for breakfast. And lunch. And dessert. But most importantly, margaritas.

Our love for flavored margaritas shifts with the season. With the sudden influx of blood oranges in the grocery store, the house favorite Grapefruit Margarita takes a backseat.

Blood oranges make a really good margarita. I guess most citrus does… but few are as pretty as the blood orange. The juice is a deep, dark red and tastes a lot like your standard orange although I think it’s less acidic and has a… more concentrated “orange” flavor if that makes sense. (It probably doesn’t. And it’s probably not just because I’m drinking one now.)

Blood oranges don’t seem to stick around for long so this year I hoarded planned ahead. I actually bought quite a few for the purpose of freezing the juice (ice trays I bought for the Foodie Baby’s purees worked great) for a treat during the first couple of weeks after the last blood orange disappears from the produce shelves and we’re not ready to switch gears to the next seasonal fruit.

Our recipe for flavored margarita varies slightly with the headlining fruit. We always start 1:1:1:1 tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and [fill-in-the-blank]. Standing around the kitchen island, sipping, and adjusting the lime and [fill-in-the-blank] is the fun part :) I love tart citrus so I usually rarely sweeten my drink. The Foodie Groom? Not so much a fan of sour lemon face so he typically takes 1/2-1 oz of simple syrup to knock off the edge.

Blood Orange Margarita

A seasonal twist on the classic margarita recipe made with blood oranges.


  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2 oz orange liqueur
  • 2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 4 oz fresh-squeezed blood orange juice (~3-4 oranges)
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Blood orange slices, for garnish


  1. Mix tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and orange juices well.
  2. Taste for sweetness and add simple syrup if desired.
  3. Pour over two small glasses of ice.


Yields: 2 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes


{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black April 27, 2011 at 3:51 am

5:50 AM… and I am thinking “how refreshing!”


2 Lisa April 27, 2011 at 5:21 am

Wow, those look fantastic, I am going to have to make those this weekend! By “orange liqueur” do you mean Grand Marnier or Triple Sec?



3 foodiebride April 27, 2011 at 7:02 am

@Lisa, Yes! We use Paula’s Texas Orange. We’ve decided we like that *much* more for margaritas than Grand Marnier.


4 Lisa April 27, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Thank you!! I’ll have to see if they carry that in the state liquor stores here in Seattle, WA. We have a darn poor selection of anything that isn’t a product that sells in large volumes.



5 Heather S. April 27, 2011 at 6:28 am

That looks delicious and perfect for this little heat wave we’re having in PA.


6 Lindsey April 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

God, I could use one of those right about now. And yes, it’s only noon where I am. BTW, if that is a folded napkin under that delicious beverage, may I ask from where you got it? It’s as beautiful as the cocktail!


7 foodiebride April 27, 2011 at 1:12 pm

@Lindsey – I think 80% of the pictures I’ve taken recently have had that fabric in it. I had to tell myself “Step away from the purple paisley.” :) It’s actually just a piece of fabric. My husband found it in the remnant bin at Joann Fabric. I’m going back this weekend to see if they have anymore… and then I’m going to sew an entire set of napkins!


8 Tina (My Life as a Mrs) April 27, 2011 at 10:17 am

Blood Orange Margarita’s are my absolute favorite! My hubby makes them all the time! :)


9 amanda @ fake ginger April 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

That’s beautiful! I can’t wait to try it!


10 Joanne April 27, 2011 at 11:20 am

I do really love grapefruit more than any other citrus, but blood oranges seem to me to be, by far, the most romantic! These margaritas look fabulous!


11 Carissa April 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm

What is the flavor of a blood orange? Is it tart like a grapefruit, or sweeter like an orange or somewhere in the middle? Looks delicious!


12 foodiebride April 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Carissa – It’s a lot like a regular orange but smoother, not as acidic. And the juice is beet red. The HEB near me still has them!


13 Bridget April 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Shawnda, I really can’t afford another fancy margarita habit. I already can’t believe how fast we’re going through the tequila and orange liqueur. But, also…I’m not ready to move on from grapefruit margaritas! They’re just too perfect.


14 foodiebride April 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm

We go through a lot of tequila and orange! We’ve downgraded a bit. I found a less expensive (and even better for ritas than Grand Marnier, I think) orange liqueur. Saves $10 for 750ml bottle :)


15 An Alaskan Cooks | Alaska Food and Wine April 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

These drinks look refreshing … now would you please share a little warm weather with those of us in way up North so we can have an opportunity to sip a Margarita out on the deck?


16 elizabeth April 27, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Those are so pretty! I had a blood orange margarita at a Mexican restaurant once and absolutely fell in love. Now I just wish blood oranges were easier to find around here.


17 vinointhekitchen April 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm



18 Brandi April 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

You have no idea how bad I could use one of those right now!


19 Kankana April 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Such a gorgeous looking drink and I love grape fruit ! Have to try this over the weekend ;)


20 Allison C April 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm

This is my FAVORITE flavored margarita. Messy to make, but so worth it.


21 Melissa April 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Oh, how much do I need one of these right now.


22 natalie April 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Your grapefruit margaritas have been a staple around my house. Thanks for the awesome recipe. What type of juicer do you use? Can’t wait to try these margaritas!


23 foodiebride April 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

@Natalie, Glad you like them! We have a Breville. It’s the citrus-only juicer, not the kind you can dump a whole apple into and get apple juice.


24 Leslie April 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Blood oranges are so wonderful – I find they have an almost floral note to them. I like eating them just plain (and also love the WTF looks my coworkers give me when my ‘orange’ turns out to be almost burgundy, hehe), but this sounds like a brilliant way to eat more of them drink more tequila….


25 Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls April 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

You have no idea WHAT I would do for a glass of that right now!

Looks FAB!!!!

New to your blog; happy I found you!

Delightful Bitefuls


26 Sarah April 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I work at a place that does blood orange margaritas, but we use a house-made jalapeƱo infused tequila in the mix. It’s one of my favorite drinks.


27 foodiebride April 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

@Sarah, Jalapeno-infused tequila? That sounds awesome! I have jalapeno margaritas on my “make at home” list and that sounds like a great way to get the flavor across.


28 Stephanie May 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I can only IMAGINE how delicious these are! And just stunning!


29 foodiebride May 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Thanks, Stephanie!


30 Michelle May 3, 2011 at 3:52 am

Might be a crazy question, but I love margaritas and I’m trying your margarita cupcake recipe for Cinco de Mayo. I’d like to also try a variation to make it taste like the blood orange margarita. How would you substitute your ingredients to make it “Blood Orange” Margarita cupcakes?



31 foodiebride May 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

Michelle – That sounds like a fab idea! I’d pick one part (cake or cupcake) for the lime aspect and then the other for the blood orange aspect. I haven’t baked a cake with blood orange juice so I don’t know how the color would translate in the cooked cake (if it would be a pretty color or a weird brown-ish color). With that, I’d probably use the From-Scratch Margarita cupcake recipe and go with a lime cupcake base and substitute the lime juice/zests in the Buttercream recipe with the blood orange counterparts. I’d also still include a little lime juice in the frosting to make sure it pops and would probably brush the cupcake tops with half tequila, half orange liqueur to make sure the orange flavor comes through enough. I hope that helps! And if you make it, please let me know how it comes out!


32 Maggie @ Vittles and Bits May 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

This looks sooo good, I love margaritas! The blood orange makes for a beautiful (and no doubt delicious) twist.


33 Julie June 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

This blood orange margarita recipe looks absolutely delicious–cant wait to make it! I am going to be posting this recipe to my blog today, which features destination weddings in Mexico. Please check it out! And follow me on Twitter @wedinmexico. Thanks!


34 Laura January 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

For the record, they go down VERY easy. Will put you on your ass! Love them!


35 Kelly February 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

I made these this weekend and they were wonderful! Very much a crowd pleaser.


36 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Toasted with my husband and a pitcher of these last night… Delicious way to end the day! Thanks for the great recipe.


37 marla April 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Blood Orange Margaritas!!!!! I think I love you :)


38 Lauren April 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

Question – we are throwing a big Cinco de Mayo party and plan to serve 3-4 different types of margaritas (most of them are your recipes!). I want to try to do as much prep ahead of time as possible so I’m not squeezing citrus at the party! You mentioned freezing the blood orange juice, but I was curious if you’ve ever done this with freshly squeezed lime juice or other citrus for make-ahead margarita purposes? Just want to make sure the ‘ritas still taste fresh and flavorful!


39 foodiebride April 22, 2012 at 7:41 am

You can freeze most of the juices straight – the sugar level will make the cubes feel sticky, not a big deal for short term storage before a party. For long-term lime juice storage, I make homemade margarita mix (2 parts lime, 2 parts water, 1 part sugar) and freeze that. That mix will last quite a while in the fridge. If you have canning jars or plastic ice cream freezer containers, you can also freeze the juice straight in those and not worry about sticky ice cubes :) Good luck!


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