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Blood Orange Margarita – An Easy Recipe for a Fun Cocktail

These delicious Blood Orange Margaritas are a fun and easy cocktail. The recipe includes tequila, blood orange syrup, and blood orange juice. They are an easy cocktail for the Fall and Winter when blood oranges are in season.

You can never go wrong with a margarita for a cocktail party, girls’ night, or a Friday night at home! And one of the best things about margaritas is that the flavor options are endless! This delicious Blood Orange Margarita recipe contains five simple ingredients and is a breeze to make. They are made with beautiful blood oranges, fresh limes, your favorite tequila, citrusy triple sec, and sweet blood orange syrup.

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A blood orange has a sweeter flavor than a navel orange. And they are less acidic, making them perfect for cocktails. Blood orange season starts in the late fall and ends after winter, so that is the best time to get fresh blood oranges. But this homemade margarita recipe can be made any time of year!

What is a Blood Orange Margarita?

Margaritas are one of the most popular cocktails in America. A basic margarita contains tequila, lime juice, and orange liquor. However, the cocktail is easily adapted with additional flavors. Seasonal fruits and ingredients transform margaritas into festive drinks for any time of year.

Blood oranges are in season from late fall to early winter. They have a sweeter, less acidic taste than regular oranges. This makes them a perfect complement to the sweet and salty flavor of a classic margarita. The flavor of the drink is enhanced with fresh lime juice, the orange notes of triple sec, and a touch of blood orange syrup.

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Blood orange margaritas are one of my favorite flavors of margarita! I love the sweet and salty flavor without the extra acidity. If one of these cocktails is on the menu, I’m definitely ordering it!

Looking for another blood orange cocktail idea? Try this delicious Blood Orange Sangria!

Ingredients for This Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

  • Tequila – Silver tequila, also called tequila blanco, is the best tequila for this cocktail. Silver tequila has a stronger, clearer taste than gold tequila. It is better for flavored margaritas because it doesn’t mask the additional flavors.
  • Triple Sec – This orange liqueur enhances the citrus flavors of the margarita. Substitute triple sec for Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or any other orange liqueur you have on hand.
  • Lime Juice – Add additional brightness and acidity to the margarita with fresh lime juice. You can’t have a margarita without a splash of lime!
  • Blood Orange Juice – This delicious dark red juice adds the sweet blood orange flavor to this tequila cocktail. Use bottled blood orange juice, or freshly squeezed. Whichever is easiest and most readily available to you. The dark color also makes the cocktail look a little spooky, perfect for Halloween!
  • Blood Orange Syrup – Sweeten this marg a little more with a splash of blood orange syrup. It has all of the flavors of a blood orange but it is concentrated and enhanced in a simple syrup. Using syrup reduces the amount of blood orange juice this cocktail needs. So the resulting drink is stronger, but also more flavorful. You can order blood orange syrup online, or look for it at your local HomeGoods store! If you don’t want to use syrup, substitute it for agave nectar.

Due to the vibrant blood-colored flesh of blood oranges, these margaritas are a great cocktail option for Halloween. They look a little spooky and bloody, but are just a delicious cocktail!

blood orange margarita in skull glass

How to Make a Blood Orange Margarita

This Blood Orange Margarita recipe combines classic margarita ingredients with sweet and vibrant blood orange. The result is a delicious cocktail that is a gorgeous shade of red.

Step 1 – In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, blood orange juice, and blood orange syrup.

Step 2 – Add a handful of ice to the shaker. Then firmly place the lid on the cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to combine the cocktail ingredients and chill them.

Step 3 – Pour into a cocktail glass with a salted rim.

For garnish, add a slice of blood orange or a lime wheel. If you’re making Blood Orange Margaritas for Halloween, serve them in a spooky glass!

What Type of Glass Do I Use?

  • Margarita glass – Margarita glasses are an obvious choice for margaritas. They have a stem and a wide mouth. A wide-mouth glass allows the alcohol to “breathe” or disperse more evenly. The stem allows the drink to stay cold. You hold a margarita glass by the stem so the cocktail doesn’t warm from your hands. A margarita in a margarita glass does not typically contain ice.
  • Short tumbler – Not everyone has a set of margarita glasses at home. So a short tumbler or rocks glass is also perfect for a margarita. With this glass, add ice to keep your cocktail cold. Also, the ice dilutes the cocktail a bit. That’s perfect if you don’t like your margaritas as strong. Personally, I prefer margaritas over ice with a straw! And for Halloween, consider a spooky short tumbler for this bloody red cocktail!

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How to Salt Rim a Glass

Many margaritas have a salted rim. This is incredibly easy to do and adds a special touch to the cocktail glass.

First, take a lime wedge and run it along the rim of the glass. This creates a wet and sticky surface for the salt to stick to.

Next, flip the glass upside down and place it in a shallow bowl of coarse salt. Coarse salt is bigger salt flakes. So they are more visible. It also has a better flavor. If you make a lot of margaritas, consider buying a salt rimmer.

Can I Make These Margaritas In a Big Batch?

Margaritas are the perfect big-batch cocktail and you can make them in advance! Multiply the ingredients by the number of guests you wish to serve. Then mix all of the ingredients, without ice, in a large pitcher. Keep the pitcher in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve drinks. Then guests may serve themselves from the pitcher.

How to Store This Cocktail

Store blood orange margaritas in an airtight jar or glass bottle in the refrigerator for a week. Perfect for when you want a low-maintenance cocktail with dinner. Or to enjoy while watching a movie!

These delicious margaritas are the perfect cocktail for a variety of occasions, from Halloween to Cinco de Mayo, to a relaxing evening at home with takeout for dinner.

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Blood Orange Margarita

These delicious Blood Orange Margaritas are a fun and easy cocktail. The recipe includes tequila, blood orange syrup, and blood orange juice.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine Cocktails
Servings 1 person


  • cocktail shaker


  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz blood orange juice
  • 1/2 oz blood orange syrup


  • Combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, blood orange juice, and blood orange syrup in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add a handful of ice to the shaker. Firmly place the lid on the cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds to combine the cocktail ingredients and chill them.
  • Pour into a cocktail glass with a salted rim.
  • Garnish with a slice of blood orange or a lime wheel.
Keyword blood orange, margarita

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