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.