Thursday 20 February 2014

Blood Orange Margarita - A Summer Cocktail for a Never-Ending Winter

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?




  1. Indeed, I agree! Spectacular photographs! Yet, I can't even pretend to feel your pain, it's pretty much spring here in Las Vegas (mid/high 70s). Hang in there!!

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    Founder & CEO of Connect-the-Cloths
    A stylist, foodie, & writer's blog in development.

    1. Vegas weather - I envy you! Hope some of that warm air and sunshine rubs off on us here!


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