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Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Blood orange Margarita sounds ominous but it’s really far more delicious than the name would suggest. But, that name makes it a great Halloween cocktail, right ?

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What is Blood Orange Margarita?

The Blood Orange Margarita is a version of Margarita that adds blood orange juice, as part of a series of riffs on the original. Many classic cocktails have been mixed with fruit juice, and the experimentation has led to some very tasty results.

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Blood Orange Margarita

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A delicious citrussy Margarita


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz blood orange juice
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 0.25 simple syrup
  • salt or sugar for rim


  1. Wet the rim of a glass and dip in salt or sugar. Add ice, set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker, add ice. Shake very well.
  3. Strain into your salt or sugar rim glass.


  • Salt is the traditional rim when making a Margarita (and most tequila drinks). But I used sugar instead since I feel it works better.
  • You can also skip the rim and simply add the salt or sugar right into the drink before shaking.

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When is this drink best ?

A blood orange Margarita is perfect for summer, both because of the tequila and because of the citrus juice in it. It’s a great drink to have by the pool or in your backyard, and it has a very beautiful color that no Margarita can match.

And if you’re looking for some perfect Halloween drinks, one with ‘blood’ in its name seems to fit the bill.

My thoughts on Blood Orange Margarita

I liked the blood orange Margarita more than the classic Margarita. I think the blood orange juice elevates the cocktail, and also tones down the sourness. Of course there is still acidity and this is just barely sweet, but the blood orange has a beautiful aroma that almost a cross between an orange and a raspberry, and I think that goes great with the apple notes in tequila.

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If you like Blood Orange Margarita, you might also like…

Classic Margarita – the classic tequila sour

Paloma – a tequila and grapefruit soda cooler

Tequila Sunrise – a tequila, orange juice, and grenadine highball

Tequila Sour – a Margarita with egg foam

Matador – a tequila and pineapple sour

Salty Dog – a gin and grapefruit juice highball (a bit salty)

Strawberry Margarita – a Margarita with strawberries

Blood Orange Margarita – a Margarita with blood orange

Coconut Margarita – a Margarita with coconut

Blueberry Margarita – a Margarita with blueberries

Raspberry Margarita – a Margarita with raspberries

Mexican Firing Squad – a tequila, grenadine, and bitters mix

Pomegranate Margarita – a Margarita with pomegranate juice

Texas Margarita – an extra sour Margarita 

Notes, substitutes, and tips

Blood oranges are key here, and they do have a different flavor from regular oranges and from grapefruits. Don’t be worries if your blood oranges have varying shades of red, purple, and orange in the pulp, the color is given by an antioxidant that ranges form red to purple depending on acidity.

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