I know ice cream might not sound appealing right now considering how cold it is around the rest of the country, but the blood orange season is short, so this cocktail has to be enjoyed in the winter.
Florida is known for citrus but unfortunately blood oranges do not grow well here. They fare better in more arid climates with lower humidity and colder winters than Florida provides. Spain, Italy and California produce the majority of blood oranges.
This drink starts with my favorite margarita recipe, which is added to vanilla ice cream in a blender. The result is a softly pink hued but decidedly boozy ice cream cocktail.
We typically use Patrón Citrónge when making these margaritas but felt compelled to buy Solerno blood orange liqueur when we saw it as an option at our local liquor store. I'm not sure how widely distributed it is, but definitely buy it if you can find it!
Blood Orange Margarita Ice Cream Cocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: N/A
Ingredients (2 cocktails)
- 3 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz orange liqueur (I recommend Patrón Citrónge)
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 3 oz blood orange juice (1-2 oranges)
- 3 oz tequila (I recommend 1800 Reposado)
- 4 cups vanilla ice cream
- whipped cream, for garnish
- In a small saucepan, make a simple syrup by combining a 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup 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 simple syrup, orange liqueur, lime juice, blood orange juice and tequila. Shake for approximately 30 seconds or until ice cold.
- Add margarita mixture to blender along with vanilla ice cream. Puree until smooth. Divide among two glasses and top with whipped cream.
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