Hey everyone! I decided to let the hubs to a little guest post since these glorious little cocktails are his recipe anyway! Show him some love and be sure to comment and let him know you liked his post! Without further ado, I give you ‘The hubs”:

Howdy foodies.  This is Tina’s husband, Mike (a.k.a. the hubs).  Tina is always tearing it up in the kitchen so I feel like I need to pull a little weight when we are entertaining the masses.  Since my cooking expertise ends at grilling, I’ve dedicated myself to everything adult beverage related.

When it comes to mixing drinks, I believe in a few principles:

  1. Never use pre-made mixes
  2. Always use fresh ingredients
  3. Never use liquor that comes from a plastic bottle
  4. Always keep your recipes simple.

My beautiful wife and I have an affinity for tequila.  We seem to love everything that is Mexican inspired, so margaritas are a perfect drink for us.  The tart freshness of the lime, the wonderful bouquet of the triple sec, the peppery finish of the tequila and cool sweetness of the simple syrup coexist perfectly and always quench your thirst (and encourage conversation) on a warm Florida night.  I love the way blood orange plays with bourbon so I thought I would incorporate a little into a much needed libation for Tina one Friday night.  The result:  one heck of a drink.  The blood orange provides a sweet citrusy zip and a beautiful sunset like hue.

I made this recipe simple because I make this drink in 1 gallon batches at a time.  They have a habit being consumed very quickly on a hot night with a spicy dish.  Feel free to play with the ratios for a sweeter or stiffer and more tart beverage and have fun with it; you and your friends will enjoy it as the weather heats up.

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Blood Orange Mike-arita


2 to 2 1/2 oz Tequila (gold or silver)
1 oz Simple Syrup (or less if you prefer)
1 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Blood Orange Juice

Sugar In the Raw


To Rim the glass with sugar: Pour a few TBS of Raw Sugar onto a small plate. Rub a wedge of lime around the rim of an old fashioned glass, and then dip into the sugar and twist to coat.

Combine 1 1/2 cups ice with ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 to 15 seconds

Fill glass with ice and pour margarita over ice. Garnish with an orange and enjoy.