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Winter Margarita – Blood Orange and Ginger

Brittany Everett with a wintery take on a margarita, dressed up with blood orange and ginger.
By Brittany Everett

Winter Margarita Recipe Blood Orange and Ginger

This cocktail is like a winter margarita, if that’s a thing. You’ve got your tequila, your citrus… but it’s all fancied up and seasonally appropriate.

Speaking of which, let’s have a quick conversation about tequila. There’s a lesson that I learned well into my love/hate relationship with it: make sure the bottle you’re buying says “100% blue agave” on it. Otherwise your awesome night might lead into a decidedly less awesome morning.

You may see cheaper varieties that say something like “made with blue agave” – no percentage. Stay away! Translation: hangover.

Ok, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s make some cocktails!

If you want to make these for a large party (or just make life easier), you could scale up the proportions of blood orange juice, tequila and lime juice, combine them in a pitcher, and stir well. Pour 1/2 cup of this mixture into a prepared glass and top off with a splash of ginger beer.

I add only a splash of ginger beer, since the kind I keep on hand is extraordinarily strong. I would recommend starting there and working your way up to the 3 ounces in the recipe. Also, while freshly squeezed blood orange juice is super cool, blood oranges can be expensive/hard to find. You can get bottles of blood orange juice at swanky grocery stores like Whole Foods.

I add only a splash of ginger beer, since the kind I keep on hand is extraordinarily strong. I would recommend starting there and working your way up to the 3 ounces in the recipe. Also, while freshly squeezed blood orange juice is super cool, blood oranges can be expensive/hard to find. You can get bottles of blood orange juice at swanky grocery stores like Whole Foods.

Winter Margarita – Blood Orange and Ginger
 
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Brittany Everett with a wintery take on a margarita, dressed up with blood orange and ginger.
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
For garnishing all drinks:
  • ¼ cup blood orange juice
  • zest from one blood orange
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • slices of blood orange for garnish (very optional)
For each individual drink:
  • ice
  • 2 ounces blood orange juice
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • juice from 1 wedge of lime
  • 3 ounces strong ginger beer
Instructions
  1. Place ¼ cup blood orange juice into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine blood orange zest and sugar.
  2. Dip the rim of a glass into juice first and then into the sugar mixture to coat the rim evenly. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 cup of ice with 2 ounces blood orange juice, 1.5 ounces tequila, and the juice from a lime wedge. Shake vigorously. Pour into the prepared glass and top off with desired amount of ginger beer (see above). Stir and enjoy!
Brittany Everett

Brittany Everett

A graphic designer by day, Brittany enjoys cooking, eating, photographing and discussing food with every other waking moment. She created Kitchenette, a food blog dedicated to making delicious comfort foods from scratch and with love.

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Originally Published: February 4, 2013

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