Toast National Margarita Day with a blood orange margarita! Take advantage of the short blood orange season to make blood orange simple syrup to use in cocktails.
I was planning to post this recipe for Blood Orange Margarita tomorrow… then I found out today is National Margarita Day! It seemed to be some sort of sign from the universe to post the recipe today instead and who am I to argue with the universe? And I realise I haven’t shared the news that my Blueberry Basil Margarita actually won ‘best drink’ at the Best of Pinterest UK awards at the beginning of the month. It was such a fun night mostly because I got to hang out with my bestie Julia of Vikalinka and finally meet Hannah of Domestic Gothess among many other blogger friends. The award was a full kilo (!) of vegan chocolate so I guess I had better come up with some new chocolate recipes.
Blood oranges are simply made for cocktails – with their incredible colour and taste they will liven up many classic recipes that seem a little stale. You can use the blood orange juice in the cocktails or make a blood orange simple syrup as I have done here. Simple syrup is made with one part sugar and and one part water – I have simply replaced the water with strained juice to create a concentrated syrup with the most electrifying colour! You can use this in many other cocktail recipes – like this fresh take on the French 75 I created for Brit+Co.
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- <b>Blood orange syrup </b>
- 150 g | 5.3 oz sugar
- 150 ml | 5 fl oz strained fresh blood orange juice
- <b>For the margarita</b>
- 2 measures 50ml | 1.7fl oz blanco tequila
- 2 measures 50ml | 1.7fl oz strained blood orange juice
- 1 tbsp triple sec or Cointreau
- 2 tsbp blood orange simple syrup
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- blood orange slices to garnish
- flaked sea salt to frost the glass
- Put the orange juice and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved. Strain into a sterilised jar and cool before using.
- Cut a wedge of blood orange or lime and wipe it around the edge of your glass – either a margarita glass or whatever you prefer. Dip the glass into a plate filled with coarse sea salt and set aside.
- Put the tequila, triple sec, blood orange juice, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake hard for 30 seconds.
- Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass and add some cracked ice if you like. Garnish with blood orange wedges.