I have always loved a good margarita, and now that it's becoming warmer out, a margarita will be drink of choice throughout the entire spring and summer! This take on a blood orange margarita is tart, flavorful, and refreshing, exactly what you'd expect a margarita to be. Although this version calls for a blood orange, a regular orange will do just fine!
The origin of the margarita comes from a few places, albeit all resulting in a deliciously sweet, salty, tangy cocktail derived from the agave plant, aka tequila. One historic account of the margarita says Carlos "Danny" Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant around the year 1938. Another story says Margarita Sames, who was a Dallas socialite, whipped up the cocktail for a group of friends she was hosting. You can read more by clicking here (not affiliated or sponsored).
Tequila comes from the agave plant in Mexico. The term means "the place of cut". It's used in traditional margaritas and is a take on the classic tequila shot: lime, salt, and tequila. There's a slew of variations of the classic margarita, which is tequila, lime juice, cointreau or triple sec, and a salted rim.
You don't need crazy contraptions or equipment here! All you really need is:
The best thing about making a margarita is that you need the classic ingredients to get it started. From there, you can add in blood orange (or regular orange) juice to spruce up the flavor. So, here's what you'll need:
You'll start by getting all of your liquors and oranges in place, a mise en place if you will. Slice the orange in half and squeeze the juice into a glass, reserve this for later. In a large cocktail shaker, pour in the ice, tequila, and cointreau. Then, pour in the orange juice. Close the shaker tightly and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Open the top of the shaker and pour over a high ball glass filled with ice. Top the margarita with club soda or fresca and serve with an orange slice as garnish.
This is going to be your favorite margarita ever. Plus, if you want this blood orange margarita frozen, throw everything into a blender and serve!
Winter is citrus season, so indulge yourself in this absolutely refreshing blood orange margarita. Sweet, tart, and very delicious. This margarita is perfect for wishing the wintry blues away.
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