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The Best Blood Orange Margarita

The BEST blood orange margarita, made with fresh orange and lime juice, silver tequila and a splash of seltzer. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any happy hour. | COCKTAILS | HAPPY HOUR | COCKTAIL HOUR | SUMMER COCKTAILS | MARGARITAS | EASY SUMMER COCKTAIL | #cocktailrecipe #happyhour #cocktailhour #cocktails #cincodemayo #
The Best Blood Orange Margarita

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite days of the year, because to me, it signals the unofficial beginning of summer. I  am not really a liquor drinker and usually favor a good glass of wine. But, give me a good margarita and I am forever your girl! It is hands-down, my favorite cocktail and I love making them (and drinking them) during the warm summer months. I like to experiment with different flavors and I made the Best Blood Orange Margarita this past weekend, so I had to share it with you. I consider myself a margarita connoisseur and have a few tips to make the best ones:

Alway use fresh citrus

I prefer my margaritas light and fresh, and not too sweet and this is key. Fresh juice makes all the difference. Squeezing citrus for a crowd can be quite the pain in the butt, so I use this awesome lemon squeezer (works for both, lemons & limes) and this citrus juicer to help me for the larger fruits, like oranges and grapefruit.

Go light on the simple syrup

I hate those sickeningly sweet margs you get at restaurants, full of fake lime juice and sugar. When I make my classic margaritas (deets on those soon) I use hardly any agave at all, but rather, a splash of fresh orange juice to sweeten them. Only after adding the juice, do I add a tiny bit of agave to taste.

Use crushed ice

I always use crushed ice. It cools the cocktail more evenly and I just prefer it in general.

Add a bit of zest

I always add a bit of fresh zest to mine, no matter what kind of margarita I am making.  It adds the prettiest touch, especially to a classic margarita, and gives your cocktails that little extra something special.

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I will be making these all summer long.  I hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much as I do.

The BEST blood orange margarita, made with fresh orange and lime juice, silver tequila and a splash of seltzer. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any happy hour. | COCKTAILS | HAPPY HOUR | COCKTAIL HOUR | SUMMER COCKTAILS | MARGARITAS | EASY SUMMER COCKTAIL | #cocktailrecipe #happyhour #cocktailhour #cocktails #cincodemayo #

 

The BEST BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA

(serves 8)

Ingredients:

2 cups blood orange juice, freshly squeezed (about 8 oranges)

1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed (about 2 limes)

1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur

1 3/4 cups silver tequila

2 to 3 tablespoons agave nectar, to taste

seltzer

crushed ice

8 blood orange slices for decorati

salt for the rim (optional)

How to:

Mix blood orange juice, lime juice, liqueur, tequila and agave nectar together.

Strain into large pitcher.

Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

Moisten outer rim of 8 glasses with orange or lime, and dip rims into salt to lightly coat.

Add ice to pitcher, and stir well.

Pour into glasses. I just got these and I love them.

Top with seltzer.

Garnish with blood orange slices, and serve over crushed ice.

Have a great weekend, girlies!

XO,

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