Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blood Orange Margarita

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.

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26 Responses to “Blood Orange Margarita”

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    The Cilantropist — April 9, 2011 @ 7:51 pm

    OMG I love this idea!!! I have been obsessed with blood oranges this spring and I dont know why I didnt think of putting them into a margarita sooner. 😀 Also think the raw sugar for rimming the glass is pretty awesome, cheers!

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    Debbie — April 9, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    I would love for you to make me a Mike-arita someday! Maybe along with that great enchilada recipe of Tina’s.

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    Kristina — April 9, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    You are a rock star 😉

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    Chelsea — April 9, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    Looks great! My new summer cocktail 🙂 Thanks for posting!

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    Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean — April 9, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

    wish i had one of these right now!! love the guest post 🙂

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    Mandy — April 10, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

    This drink sounds amazing! I love the use of fresh ingredients and I’m sure it tastes as good as it looks. I will definitely have to try it out to help us cool down on one of the many hot summer days in Arizona! Thanks for sharing.

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    Meghan — April 10, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

    This drink looks picture perfect! Blood orange margaritas are my favorite margaritas! Will def be your recipe this week

    • Kristina replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

      Enjoy! 🙂

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    BigFatBaker — April 11, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    This sound delicious! I love your #3 rule – never use anything from a plastic bottle. Being a college student that is typically what I see (and try to avoid!). I love this recipe and can’t wait until I find some blood oranges/juice to try it out.

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    sandy axelrod — April 11, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    I agree with you Mike fresh is always better!!! Can’t wait to try your cocktail recipe.

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    Pam — April 11, 2011 @ 3:47 pm


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    Amy — April 11, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    What’s up Sweet Mike?! Welcome to the blogosphere. This sounds great! I want to try it. 🙂

    • Kristina replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

      do it! 🙂

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    Megan — April 13, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    We are having a fiesta at our house this Saturday with our friends and I simply cannot wait to try this! I love anything margarita! Thank you!

    • Kristina replied: — April 13th, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

      Oh good- I hope you enjoy them! (these are my personal favs!)

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    Megan — April 14, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    and where might you have purchased your Blood Orange juice? My local Wal-mart didn’t have any…I’m off to hunt it down tomorrow!

    • Kristina replied: — April 15th, 2011 @ 9:45 am

      I believe you can get it at any large chain full-service grocery store(I bought mine at Publix). It’s in the refrigerated juices section! Good luck! 🙂

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    Megan — April 16, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    I’m unhappy to report, that after going to 5 grocery stores, I cannot find blood orange juice in central IL. I’m bummed!
    I will find it eventually and this cocktail will be mine!!

    P.S. Sorry for all the comments on the post!

    • Kristina replied: — April 16th, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

      oh no!! That’s awful! Okay, so the hubs and I just tinkered around in the kitchen concocted a little substitute for you! Blood orange is much more “tangy” than regular orange juice, but if you mix 2/3 oz regular orange juice and 1/3 oz lemon juice (plus just a few drops of grenadine for color) you get something that tastes pretty close! Hope that helps! Sorry you weren’t able to find it!

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    The Mistress of Spices — April 20, 2011 @ 3:58 am

    Sounds like a wonderful cocktail! I can just imagine how good this must be on a Friday night after a long week of work. My hubby makes great cocktails too – I’m thinking I need to get him to guest post on my blog too!

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    Megan — April 26, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    I am yet to try this, but I will this weekend. I just wanted to thank you for posting a variation for me. I just love your blog!

    • Kristina replied: — April 26th, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

      Aw thanks so much! Glad you like it! 🙂

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    Shawnda — April 27, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    The Mike-arita! I love it! Your husband should keep the cocktails coming!

    I get flack from friends for using more fruit juice than tequila. But I’m a little bit of a wimp. And I like it like that 🙂

    • Kristina replied: — April 27th, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

      haha Girl, I’m the SAME way – SUCH a lightweight. One Mike-arita and the giggles start coming… and after 2? Forget about it! I think things like sliding down the stairs in a pillow case like I’m still 6 years old is a great idea (not that i’ve done that or anything… haha)

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    Linda — July 4, 2012 @ 6:28 am

    Hi Mike – I’m having a party and want to make your yummy blood orange Mike-arita’s. You said in your post you make it in 1 gallon batches. Could you give me the recipe for a gallon batch? I guess I could figure it out, but you probably have the recipe perfected for larger batches.
    Thanks!!! I love your blog!!!

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    April — July 27, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    Hi everyone!

    I was so excited to see this post because I love margaritas and blood orange juice. I’m always looking for new ways to use citrus juice because my family is in the citrus juice business – imagine my ELATED SURPRISE when a friend told me that one of her favorite blogs published a recipe with Noble Blood Orange Juice – which is our family’s juice. I plan to make the recipe tonight! Thank you so much for publishing and supporting our family’s juice!

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