The Only Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail Recipe You Need

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PREP TIME 10 min

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Blood Orange Margarita with Rosemary

In our opinion, we wish every happy hour started with a Blood Orange Margarita cocktail. This juicy cocktail is packed with all the bittersweet flavours you can wish for, making it a perfect aperitif that everyone will love. It may have a few more ingredients to gather than your average 3 Ingredient Cocktails but it’s an all-in-one wonder that’s easy to whip together in a matter of minutes.




Ruby grapefruit juice would be a winner in this cocktail too. The colour is so glorious too! 


Check the sweetness: if it’s too tart, up your sugar syrup or reduce your lime juice. 


Add a salt rim, it elevates the flavour and brings that extra Insta-appeal to your drink. Add some zest too.



1 Person

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

Cabo Wabo Tequila Blanco
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

Grand Marnier
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

blood orange juice
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

lime juice, freshly squeezed
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

simple syrup
to garnish, a blood orange slice
to garnish, salt for the rim



Wet the rim of a rocks glass or tumbler with a little juice


Dip it in a saucer of salt to coat


Fill the glass with ice and set aside


Half fill a shaker or mason jar with ice


Add all the ingredients and shake until icy cold


Strain into the glass


Garnish with a blood orange slice tucked onto the rim and enjoy super chilled

What is a blood orange?

The crimson-streaked flesh of blood orange is sweeter than a regular navel orange and a little less acidic with hints of berry flavour. These bold flavoured oranges are generally much juicer than their navel relatives and made up of a softer structure, so when you are making drinks with blood orange, you’ll see they easily collapse when juicing. The iconic dark red hue comes from the presence of anthocyanins, a pigment common to flowers and berries but usually rare in citrus. Blood oranges are in season in the cold winter months and start fruiting a month earlier than the navels, usually in December.

Blood Orange Margarita recipe

This beauty is one of the best Cocktails for beginners, as you literally chuck all your ingredients together and give it a good shake for an icy chill. Our Blood Orange Juice cocktail is built with the same blocks as the OG Margarita, which is one of those classic Mexican cocktails most people know. Made with tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, the blood orange version also adds a dash of Campari (yum), freshly squeezed blood orange juice and a little simple syrup for sweetness to the mix. Make sure you grab a good quality tequila like Cabo Wabo or Espolòn since this recipe calls for a smooth unaged blanco to add a good balance. For the orange liqueur, choose one that offers serious bitter orange notes like Grand Marnier for adding an extra depth of flavour to drinks with blood orange.

How to salt the rim of a Margarita glass

The finishing touch of a Blood Orange Margarita cocktail is a salt rim. Do this first before pouring your drink by tipping some sea salt onto a saucer, rubbing a wedge of orange or lime around the edge of a rocks glass or tumbler to wet it before twisting the rim in the salt.

A salt rim elevates the flavour and brings that extra Insta-appeal to your drink, since we all tend to feast with our eyes first, right?

Fresh blood orange juice alternatives

If fresh oranges aren’t at your fingertips to juice for blood orange drink recipes, a 100% pure carton of juice will still be divine. Shop bought juices can be sweeter, so you may need to reduce the amount of simple syrup in the cocktail. You can always substitute the blood orange with regular OJ – just remember you’ll lose a little sweetness along the way so add a little more simple syrup.

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This Blood Orange Margarita is a tangy drink that’s perfect for sipping on a cold winter’s night when you’re dining on comfort food that is slightly on the heavier side. The bold mix of the tangy juice and the Campari cuts through heavy foods so well.