There are a number of tales about the origins of the Margarita. One story dates back to 1938 and another 1941. Suffice it to say, this cocktail has been around for awhile. The traditional Margarita features limes but you can use any citrus fruit to come up with your own twist on this classic drink. Blood oranges are in season during the winter months. Sometimes you can find a few in late spring. I was able to scoop up the last of the season to prepare my Blood Orange Margarita.
Blood Orange Margarita
- 2 slices jalapeño
- 2 limes juiced
- 1/2 blood orange juiced
- 3 sprigs cilantro
- .5 oz simple syrup
- .5 oz Grand Marnier
- 1.5-2 ounces 100% blue agave tequila
- Muddle cilantro and jalapeño slices in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice 3/4 of the way up.
- Add fresh lime and blood orange juice (when in season).
- Add simple syrup, Grand Marnier and tequila.
- Shake, pour over fresh ice.
- Garnish with lime, jalapeño and cilantro. Enjoy!