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Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Staff Writer
Allison Beck


This recipe is derived from my dad’s amazing margaritas. During the summer, he’s the margarita-maker. I don’t know what he does, but I can never seem to recreate the slightly-tart, slightly-sweet, and oh-so-easy-to-drink cocktail he creates. Here, I sub half the lime juice for blood orange juice. Just remember: The key to the recipe is equal parts juice to triple sec to tequila.

I’ve dabbled with using both triple sec and Grand Marnier in the drink. I find a smoother taste comes from using good-quality triple sec (not the $5 stuff in the grocery store). And NEVER use anything but fresh lime juice — preferably from room temperature limes.

This recipe calls for serving the margarita up, but you can also serve it over rocks. A salt rim is up to you... But forgetting the Chunky Guacamole with chips is a crime.

Deliver Ingredients


  • Juice of 2 limes (about ¼ cup juice)
  • Juice of 2 blood oranges (about ¼ juice)
  • ½ cup triple sec
  • ½ cup Tequila, preferably 100% agave
  • Ice
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • Salt, for rimming


In a shaker, combine the juice, triple sec, and tequila. Add ice and shake well. Set aside.

Coat the rims of 4 martini glasses with lime and rim with salt. Pour in margarita and serve.

Blood Orange Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Blood Orange Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.