Blood oranges give a pitcher of margaritas a gorgeous ruby red tint. Add a hefty pinch of fiery chilli powder to make your drink sing. Celebrate Margarita Day with these wonderful Blood Orange Margaritas, which take advantage of the lovely blood oranges available during the winter months.
For starters, the margarita is seasonless; you can make one with whatever produce is in season, whether it’s summer, winter, spring, or fall. Second, you might choose a base spirit that appeals to your taste buds. Use silver or Blanco tequila, which is unaged or, depending on the brand, aged for up to two months for a more pure taste. Reposado tequila, which is matured for 2 to 12 months in oak barrels and has a wonderful aroma of caramel and cinnamon, is a great choice for something a bit more delicate. I’m drawn to reposado’s more nuanced flavours.
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What exactly is a Blood Orange?
The blood orange, sometimes known as red-orange, is a citrus fruit that belongs to the same Citrus sinensis family as the orange. On the outside, it’s orange, and on the inside, it’s a deep red. The high anthocyanin concentration of this fruit gives it its red colour. Anthocyanin is a pigment widely found in flowers and fruits but not in citrus fruits. The red colour of this fruit begins at the peel’s edge and moves inside after covering the edges. You might come across blood oranges that aren’t entirely red on the interior from time to time. This varies based on the harvest season and time of year.
Blood oranges feature fewer seeds than regular oranges and have a distinct raspberry-like citrus flavour. Compared to a typical orange, their skin is often more challenging to peel. The high anthocyanin content of this orange is due to the growing conditions, which include chilly nighttime temperatures. There are various sub-varieties of the fruit, but the three most common are ‘Tarocco’ (Italy), ‘Sanguinello’ (Spain), and the ‘Moro’ (Italy) (Sicily).
Blood orange margaritas are delicious.
When you hear the word “bloody,” you’re probably thinking of a tomato juice cocktail like the Bloody Mary. This bloody margarita is not one of them. Rather, it’s a blood orange margarita with the delicious flavour of blood-red citrus fruit.
Blood oranges have a slightly sweeter flavour than other orange varietals. The flavour is orange-like with a tinge of raspberry. Blood orange juice is becoming more widely available; however, it is still not as common as regular orange juice. It’s worth looking for.
The oranges go perfectly with your preferred tequila and a high-end triple sec like Cointreau, and the cocktail is simple to make. Because blood oranges are in season during the winter, it makes a terrific winter margarita, so keep a lookout for those.
Thanks to fresh blood orange juice, this gorgeous pink drink has exactly the right amount of sweetness and sourness. Upgrade the salt rim on your glass with a bit of orange zest for the perfect touch, which will improve the presentation as well as the flavour of these slim margaritas.
Fresh, crisp blood oranges go perfectly with tequila. When topped with a piece of blood orange, these drinks are very stunning. They’ll be a hit at your next party or get-together! It’s a little different from this simple margarita, but it’s a must-have recipe for anyone who enjoys mixing up excellent cocktails at home.
Take your margarita to the next level! This blood orange margarita recipe is simple to make for two or in a pitcher for a large group.
Fresh blood orange juice, simple syrup, lime juice, and tequila are all you need to make blood orange margaritas! They’ll become your new go-to for happy hour.
The blood orange juice is not only deliciously sweet, but it also has a stunning deep scarlet hue that will turn the heads of any visitors you have over. Don’t worry; we didn’t add any artificial sweeteners or cheap tequila to this blood orange juice. For the best, only the best will do!
Check out the ingredients we used to make these delectable margaritas!
Everything you’ll need to make a blood orange margarita
- To make one of these lovely blood orange margs, you only need 5 easy ingredients. Take a look!
- If you don’t have any blood oranges on hand, make blood orange juice. Simply replace the orange juice with regular orange juice.
- Tequila of superior grade — do yourself a favour and avoid the rail tequila. Epsolon is our favourite high-quality, silky tequila.
- Simple syrup – in this recipe, we used handmade honey simple syrup, but any simple syrup would do.
- Lime juice — a marg isn’t complete without it. Make careful to use limes that have been freshly squeezed!
- Crush or cube ice, as desired.
- Blood orange cocktails are flavorful and versatile, making them ideal for any occasion. This blood orange margarita isn’t any different. This wonderful cocktail’s refreshing flavour will keep you coming back for more. The blood orange pairs beautifully with the traditional lime and tequila in margaritas.
- On a dish, combine the sugar and salt to make this margarita. Take a lime wedge and rub it across the top of your glass. After that, dip the top of the glass into the sugar and salt mixture. The glass is then filled with ice cubes.
- Fill a cocktail shaker half with ice. Fill it half with tequila and half with fresh blood orange juice, agave nectar, and lime juice. Place the cover on top and give it a good shake.
Now is the time to make your blood orange margarita. All you have to do now is pour it into your glass and garnish it with a blood orange slice. Enjoy!
How to Make a Margarita More Sweet
Triple sec and simple syrup produced with white sugar are used to sweeten traditional margaritas. We used the honey vanilla simple syrup to sweeten this lovely margarita, and it’s DELICIOUS!
Simple Honey Vanilla Syrup
Combine the water, honey, and vanilla in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to low heat and leave it to simmer for 10 minutes. After that, cool the simple syrup, and you’re ready to use it in any recipe!
There are a handful of additional sweetness options if you don’t have honey! If you don’t have honey, agave or maple syrup can be used instead. If you’re out of syrup, try a shot of triple sec!
Alternatives to Blood Orange Juice
This classic blood orange margarita recipe is light and delicious, and it’s ideal for when blood oranges are in season. If you can’t get fresh blood oranges or juice, there are other options. To achieve a nice flavour balance, you’ll need to make certain changes to the recipe. Nonetheless, sampling your bloody margarita experiments isn’t a bad job! Enjoy the ride, and you’ll come up with a winning combination.
- Stirrings Blood Orange Martini Mixer: A viable alternative to blood orange juice is made by mixing blood orange juice, and key lime juice concentrates with cane sugar. It comes in a 750ml bottle (the same size as a typical liquor bottle), so it will last a long time and is one of the most cost-effective options.
- Blood Orange Puree and Syrup by Monin: Monin, one of the most well-known syrup manufacturers, makes both blood orange syrup and a fruit puree. Both would work well as a substitution, though you’ll need to tweak the recipe because they’re thicker than juice. Start with 3/4 ounce and add additional if necessary after shaking the margarita.
- Puree of blood oranges: A blood orange puree can be obtained in speciality grocers or speciality food stores that specialize in gourmet foods. You’ll need to tweak the formula to fit your preferences once more. You can also use your blender to make juice by adding water to a puree. You may wish to filter out any pulp, depending on the purée.
A Word of Warning
According to many sources, these oranges should be consumed with caution because they may induce an excess of potassium in the body. Potassium raises blood pressure, which can be dangerous for those on beta-blockers. Another warning, which applies to all citrus fruits, is that blood oranges might produce acidity in people who have gastrointestinal issues. Due to their strong acidity, blood oranges can cause heartburn or acid reflux. Overall, be safe, eat well, and maintain control.