Blood Orange Margarita

Margarita de Naranja Rosa
 If by some alchemical process, you were able to infuse the perfect sweet-tart orange juice with the stunning color—and satisfying deep red flavor—of bing cherries, you’d have this beautiful, silky-texutred margarita.  They can be so smooth and gorgeous and easy to drink that you might be understanding the word “downfall” from a different perspective.  Cointreau (not Triple Sec) is necessary here, focusing the orange flavor in just the right way.  
Servings: 912-ounce cocktails


  • 2/3cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4cup sugar
  • 1cup 100% agave silver tequila
  • 1/2cup Cointreau
  • 2cups fresh blood orange juice (you’ll need about 6 juicy blood oranges)
  • A lime half for moistening the glass rims
  • Kosher (coarse) salt
  • Ice cubes (you’ll need about 6 cups—small ones are best)


In a large pitcher, stir together the lime juice, sugar and 3/4 cup water until the sugar has dissolved. Add the tequila, Cointreau and blood orange juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

Moisten the rims of three 6-ounce martini glasses with the cut side of a lime half. Spread coarse salt on a small plate, then upend the glasses into the salt to crust the rims. Fill a cocktail shaker about 3/4 full of ice and measure in 1 1/2 cups of the margarita for 3 drinks. Cover and shake for about 15 seconds to thoroughly chill the mixture. Strain into the prepared glasses and hand to your guests. When you’re ready, finish the remaining margaritas in the same way.


  1. So very glad I have a loaded blood orange tree in my backyard. Now just have to pick some. Thanks so much for this post.

  2. My wife and I fell in love with our first blood orange Margarita at Topolobampo in 2008!! A great recipe when the oranges are in season.

  3. Hi Rick,

    I have always been a Margarita fan and looking at this beautiful picture of one is making my mouth water. It sounds like a great recipe and will have to try this at our next family gathering. I am 66 years old and don’t drink anymore but this special Margarita may tempt me into having one. I know my daughters and their friends will enjoy this drink.

    Thank you
    Estella Menchaca

    1. Hello B,
      I am so sorry that we do not currently have the nutritional data for our recipes on our website. However there are many websites and apps where you just copy and paste the recipe and it will tell you. Hope that helps!

    1. I haven’t seen blood orange margarita mix, try looking for the actual blood oranges. The drink comes out so much better, good luck!

    2. I use a blood orange purée made for the restaurant trade. I have a friend who is a chef order it for me.

  4. If you can’t find real blood oranges, Check out Powell & Mahoney or They have an all natural blood orange mix that’s pretty amazing. You’ll recognize every ingredient on the short ingredient line.

  5. These were a hit! Used grated lime zest, blood orange zest, mixed with sugar for the rims. I also used half blood oranges and half Cara Cara oranges. Drinks turned out fabulous!

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