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.
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."
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.
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