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Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

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.


  • 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.