At long last, grilling season is upon us. Sunny evenings at my house are spent around the grill, punctuated by the warm breeze, the sounds of kids playing in the yard, and — if we’re lucky — the clinking of ice in a couple of Blood Orange Margaritas.
Homemade Blood Orange Margaritas are a bit sweeter than the traditional lime version. The distinctive orange tang balances nicely with sour limes and the smoky bite of tequila.
If margaritas are a regular thing, or you just want to do them right, consider buying a tub of margarita salt; it’s just right for salted rims and lasts forever. If you don’t have margarita salt on hand, flaky sea salt works well.
Note: these cocktails can easily be turned into kid-friendly mocktails – just sub a basic simple syrup for triple sec and a splash of seltzer in place of tequila.
Blood Orange Margaritas
Makes: 2 cocktails
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice plus 1 lime wedge, divided (from about 2 limes)
- 3 ounces reposado tequila (or tequila of choice)
- 2 ounces triple sec
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice (from about 2 blood oranges)
- Margarita salt for glass rims (optional)
- Sprinkle several tablespoons margarita salt on small plate. Rub rims of old fashioned glasses with a lime wedge and press into salt. Carefully fill glasses with ice.
- Combine tequila, triple sec, blood orange juice, and lime juice in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain into salt-rimmed glasses and serve.