I have never been one to shy away from a work week cocktail - my creativity, however, is lacking. My idea of a fancy beverage is to periodically toss a few cucumber slices into my nightly gin and tonic and call it a day. Lately the never ending winter that we're experiencing in Toronto has had me longing for summer, and subsequently has spiked my interest in summer cocktails. A margarita is the quintessential summer beverage, and my beloved blood orange recipe offers a tangy twist on an old favourite. Read on to find out how I make my perfect Blood Orange Margaritas, and then drink up - we're going to need it to get through the rest of this winter!
What You Will Need:
- 1 ounce of white Tequila
- 1/2 ounce of Grand Marnier
- Four Medium Blood Oranges
- One Lime
- Cocktail Tumbler
- Three Ice Cubes
Place your ice cubes into a stainless steel cocktail tumbler.
Start extracting the juice from your blood oranges into the cocktail tumbler. The job is made easier by the addition of a mechanical, or even a hand held citrus juicer, but for those of us with a less equipped kitchen (or without any patience to riffle around cupboards for equipment) simply slicing the orange in two and squeezing out its juice will do.
**Tip: before manually squeezing the blood orange, pierce it's pulp with a fork several times. This will allow for maximum juice extraction.
Add your alcohol. I use one ounce of white Tequila and a half ounce of Grand Marnier for a stiffer drink, but add according to your own taste - keeping to the ratio of half the amount of Grand Marnier for Tequila.
Finish off with a generous squeeze of lime. This helps to counteract some of the sweetness of the blood oranges, and add that extra tang for a familiar margarita flavour.
Shake that sucker up, and pour! I use the strainer at the top of the tumbler to catch any excess pulp, and then spoon my ice cubes in afterwards.
Garnish with a lime wheel- et voilà! The perfect summer cocktail to get through the winter that will not end. Will you be trying one?