February 03, 2013

Blood Orange Margaritas

We celebrated a recent work promotion with blood orange margaritas tonight.  It was Lisa's comment on Friday night that reminded me of a recipe I had seen and wanted to try while blood oranges are still available.

This drink is nothing like the sugary crappy margaritas served at many restaurants.  Although it can be somewhat expensive to buy proper margarita ingredients if you're used to José and triple sec, I promise it's so worth it.  I used my raise to justify the expenditure :)

In addition to good liquor, you'll want the juice of freshly squeezed limes and blood oranges.  Please do not be tempted to substitute lime juice from concentrate that might be in a bottle in your fridge.

In addition to juicing blood oranges and limes, I also tried cara cara oranges that I picked up at Trader Joe's recently.  I'm now convinced that oranges are the perfect addition to winter margaritas. 

According to the January/February 2013 issue of Whole Living (one of my favorite magazines), cara cara oranges are in season from December to April. "The bright peel of this medium-sized navel orange gives way to shockingly pink flesh. It is usually seedless, and its flavor can be reminiscent of berries, with a gentle undertone of grapefruit."
While the cara cara margaritas were delicious, I slightly preferred the blood orange version, as did Chris.  We had our first sips mid-afternoon, as good lighting for winter photos necessitates afternoon margarita prep.  The timing was perfect though, as Chris had just finished repairing our kitchen sink which is now back in working condition!

Blood Orange Margaritas

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients (2 cocktails)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 oz orange liqueur (I recommend Patrón Citrónge)
  • 2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz blood orange juice (2-3 oranges)
  • 3 oz tequila (I recommend 1800 Reposado)
  • In a small saucepan, make a simple syrup by combining water and sugar over medium high heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat and cool.
  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker (about half full), then add 3 oz of simple syrup, orange liqueur, lime juice, blood orange juice and tequila. Shake for approximately 30 seconds or until ice cold.
  • Add ice to glasses, then pour mixture into glasses. Garnish with orange and lime slices, if desired.
Recipe Source: Creative Culinary
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  1. You poor guys, having to drink Margaritas in the afternoon for the lighting... Another blogger sacrifice ;-)

  2. I can't wait to try this drink, thanks for posting! We should totally drink alcohol when Craig finishes a house project. I think it would make him happier (he hates that he always has to be the one to do the household stuff, well I hate that I always have to clean and do laundry).

  3. I'm drunk just looking at this picture... I may have to try this

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