A small stack of blood oranges caught my eye this weekend at my local grocery store. They’re only around for a few short winter months and I just can’t seem to get enough of them. So, per usual, I’ve made you a cocktail!
Sweet orange and tart lime juice give this margarita a bright, fresh flavor and the agave syrup helps to round out the flavors. If blood oranges aren’t in season, feel free to replace them with any seasonal variety orange that you can find.
Instead of salt to rim the glass, go with a mixture of sugar and salt that is spiked with fresh orange zest.
- Orange Sugar
- Zest from 1 blood orange
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons kosher sea salt
- 3 ounces fresh blood orange juice (about 1 large blood orange, juiced)
- 2 ounces 100% agave silver tequila
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 lime, juiced)
- 1/2 teaspoon light agave nectar
- Orange or lime wedge, if desired
- Mix together the zest, salt and sugar on a small plate (preferably one just slightly larger than the top of your margarita glass). Run a wedge of lime around the top of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt blend at a 45-degree angle and roll it from side to side to catch the salt. Add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.
- Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed blood orange and lime juice and agave nectar.
- Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the liquid into your glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange or lime, if desired.
What do you like to make with blood oranges?