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Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

by Barbara Kiebel on February 17, 2012

I have a recipe I love for margaritas. It’s best when made ahead of time and all of the flavors are given a chance to meld. That wait is hard because it’s usually summer before we enjoy them. Yes…summer. I  am just not a winter time margarita drinker. Something about that cold and icy drink is just perfect for having friends over for summer cocktails, guacamole, chips and either fajitas or barbecue ribs.

If you’ve never had a blood orange and are wondering why it’s called that, well, now  you see. Isn’t that color beautiful? The flavor is different too; they have less of a citrus bite to them and are a bit sweeter. They are gorgeous and finding these beauties is always a real bright spot in the middle of winter. I have to tell you; they make a beautiful cocktail that I just love. (She says between sips.) If my grammar or spelling declines through this post…now you know why!

Probably something about a foot of snow in my back yard that just doesn’t give me the urge, if you can imagine!  But I went against my conventional wisdom after having a margarita last week at the Rio Grande and I was craving more. Combine that with seeing some blood oranges at Whole Foods the next day and I had a plan. Blood oranges are not readily available in my neck of the woods when they come into season for other parts of the country and if you can imagine from that photo above…they just don’t thrive in our climate.

Beyond the oranges I do think a couple of things are imperative for making really good margaritas.

  • Use good tequila – I didn’t have my standard on hand that I use for margaritas which is Cuervo 1800; a reposado tequila meaning that it’s been aged a bit but less than one year. Not quite a high caliber sipping tequila but even a bit of aging makes for a much smoother tequila and that improvement is evident in a cocktail. All I had on hand to make this cocktail was a pricey sipping tequila. Not necessary but what a fine cocktail it made.
  • Please don’t use Triple Sec – Triple Sec is merely artificially flavored sugar water. Nuff said? I use Patron Citronge but Grand Marnier or any other orange liqueur made from the actual essence of orange is good.
  • Fresh lime juice and obviously fresh orange juice – even if you can’t locate blood oranges and want to try this with regular oranges I don’t recommend using frozen or bottled OJ. Buy some oranges and give them a quick squeeze…besides you needs some slices for garnish right?

Go grab some blood oranges and try this cocktail; it is now officially my ‘winter’ margarita…make it yours!

Blood Orange Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 cocktails

Blood Orange Margarita

A simply gorgeous cocktail best enjoyed seasonally with fresh blood oranges.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Sugar
  • 2 ounces Orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 3 ounces blood orange juice (2-3 oranges)
  • 3 ounces tequila, preferably reposado
  • salt for the rim, lime/orange wedges for garnish

Preparation

  1. Make a simple syrup by combining water and sugar over medium high heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Combine equal parts of salt and sugar and spread on a saucer. Rub the rim of each glass with a lime wedge and then dip the edge into the salt/sugar combination.
  3. Combine 3 oz of simple syrup with orange liqueur, lime juice, blood orange juice and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake for approximately 30 second until ice cold.
  4. Fill glasses with ice and pour mixture into the glasses. Garnish with an orange slice and lime section.
http://www.creative-culinary.com/blood-orange-margarita/

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1 Rachel February 24, 2013 at 10:44 am

LOVE this recipe! I have made these 3 different times lately because they are so good! My friends loved them last night! I just wish I had made more! I made them ahead of time and put in a pitcher, then just shook them in a mixer when they got here.

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2 Creative Culinary March 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Just saw your comment Rachel; so glad you enjoy them; I’ve been using Cara Cara oranges this season because they’ve been easier to find; they’ve been so good too!

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3 Karis February 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I love this recipe, definitely an ideal winter margarita. I made it today with 1800 Reposado and Patron Citronge. So smooth!
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4 Creative Culinary February 3, 2013 at 8:54 am

Isn’t it wonderful? And you hit on the perfect ingredients; I use 1800 for all of my margaritas and Patron is my orange liqueur of choice too. So pretty isn’t it?

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5 Margarita Man July 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I love the idea of using blood oranges. Is high quality tequila necessary? I wasn’t sure if reposado was recommended specifically because of the blood oranges or just to increase the quality of the cocktail.

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6 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Well…for me it is. It was an eye opening moment the first time I used reposado in a margarita; went from hating them to loving them. I don’t use super pricey stuff but not ‘gold’ either.

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7 Margarita Man July 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Is there a particular brand you would recommend?

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8 Creative Culinary July 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

I typically use 1800 Brand Reposado; not expensive but so much smoother without that bitter bite of cheap tequila.

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9 Kasey Shuler April 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Great pictures and recipe! I showcase different seasonal fruits each week on my health blog and this week is the blood orange. Could I use your picture and recipe as the feature for a Cinco de Mayo special with full credit to you?

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10 Creative Culinary April 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thank you Kasey…and certainly. I LOVE this cocktail…sadly no more blood oranges in Denver; I’m going to have to find something similar to make one that I love as much.

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11 angela March 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Can I link you and use this picture for a special gourmet round up I’m doing for the Hunger Games? Full credit of course.

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12 Creative Culinary March 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Certainly…that would be fine Angela.

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13 Sweetsugarbelle March 3, 2012 at 7:48 am

I love margaritas. Love them! I never knew that it was ideal to let the favors meld! Thanks for the tip! I keep patron and grand marnier in my freezer for emergency margarita nights. Guess I better go find some blood oranges :-)

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14 Creative Culinary March 3, 2012 at 11:12 am

My original recipe for margaritas does have that requirement but then it is the rind and the juice of the lemons and limes mixed with the tequila that seems to make that drink so good. This one Callye; I might be drinking it moments after putting those ingredients together. You HAVE to find some of those oranges…this is a new favorite for sure.

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15 Toni @ Boulder Locavore February 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

“Here, here’ on no Triple Sec. Since using Citronage I’ll never go back. This looks so refreshing. I made a very similar Grapefruit Margarita recently that was just right for this time of year.
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16 Creative Culinary February 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

This might be my new favorite margarita. The flavor is fantastic but it’s that luscious color that wins the prize.

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17 vianney February 25, 2012 at 12:42 am

Stunning!! I love the color. I don’t blame you for not wanting to sip margaritas in the winter. I live in the Rio Grande Valley Texas so our winters are still in the 70’s..so I sip margaritas all year round. Thanks for your comment on my margarita love page happy to find another tequila lover. happy weekend!
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18 Creative Culinary February 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

I could use some of that warmth about now! I will no doubt force myself to have some winter margs since blood orange season is so short; as a matter of fact forced myself to drink one last night. :)

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19 Kristina February 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm

ooh, yes, this sounds perfect. I became quite a tequila fan on our last trip to Mexico… where I used to think of a margarita as a summer drink, I now see it as a year round one! I am enjoying blood oranges and Meyer lemons right now, while I can!
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20 Creative Culinary February 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

These have changed my perspective too…had them again last night. Oh So GOOD!

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21 Terra February 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I seriously thought I already made a comment on this beautiful drink, because I loved it the moment I saw it:-) Can you make an extra one for me? Hugs, Terra
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22 Jeanne @ CookSister! February 21, 2012 at 8:25 am

It’s really hard to find blood oranges here in the UK too outside of Whole Foods and speciality markets (depressing because they are available on every streetcorner in Italy and France, it seems! So I grab them when I see them… And so agree on what a difference spending a little more on tequila does make!
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23 Stormy @Maoomba February 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

Oh, is this what you were tweeting about earlier this week? It sounds amazing! I’m a sucker for fresh-juice margaritas and blood oranges, so will be trying it out this weekend! : )
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24 Creative Culinary February 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

It is! Someone I met locally today saw it and made them too…her husband was much impressed since she’s never made a cocktail before. Now it sounds like she has a new job. These. I’m getting some more blood oranges today so I can juice them and freeze them for later use since their season is so short. Enjoy!

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25 Meghan February 18, 2012 at 9:29 am

Just made a round of these last night! So happy you found some blood oranges & even happier you posted this drink! This has been my drink of choice for the past month, and I couldn’t agree more about not using triple sec! Is it too early to say I could go for one now?!
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26 Creative Culinary February 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I’ll have one now if you will. :)

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27 Tim @ Chicken and Apples February 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

Once I tried Citronge, I never bought triple sec again. I do something similar to this using pineapple juice, but now I have to try the blood orange version. This looks awesome.
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28 Creative Culinary February 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

That’s my orange liqueur of choice too Tim, though I am thinking of making my own now. I’ve been on a liqueur kick, have Limoncello brewing in the garage so can’t help but think, why not orange?

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29 Tim @ Chicken and Apples February 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

That sounds cool. I’ve been experimenting with winemaking the last few years, but never considered making liquor. That would be a tasty adventure. ;)
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30 Creative Culinary February 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

That it is. Much easier than winemaking I think; less variables and less time til done!

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31 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 18, 2012 at 4:12 am

Totally agree with you on not using triple sec, Grand Marnier is so much better. It’s been a while since I’ve had a good margarita, time to rectify that!
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32 Creative Culinary February 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

I probably most often use Citronge but that’s probably also because most often it’s a bit less than Grand Marnier…but either one, as you know, makes a big difference

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33 Rhonda February 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Ever since I went to Tunisia I’ve had a soft spot for blood oranges….as for margaritas, well let’s just say I’m a connoisseur, can’t wait to try these. Totally pinning this!

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34 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I think once you try them you can’t help but love them don’t you think? Thanks for the pin…sure want to share.

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35 Debbie @TheHipHostess February 17, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Wow! You have my attention! What a refreshing site during this dreary Winter. Thank you! Bookmarking this one for Summer guests. They’re gonna love it!
(I’m with you on the no Margaritas in Winter. Hurry Summer!)

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36 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I don’t know if you can get blood oranges in summer so I’m getting a bunch his weekend to juice and freeze. It was really THAT good!

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37 Tickled Red February 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm

As you know I need the whole pitcher tonight. Lovely, lovely drink darlin’ :D

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38 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I know those days. I suffered more when my kids were hurt than I would ever suffer for my self. Hang in there sweetie; grateful it’s the weekend. Monday will look brighter I am sure.

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39 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet February 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I am totally making these. So delish!! I bet you could freeze the juice to enjoy them during the warm summer months. Just a thought. :) Now to go buy some blood oranges. Delish recipe Barb
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40 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

That is my plan…hoping to leave in a few for Whole Foods. I might buy them out. :)

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41 Katie {Epicurean Mom Blog} February 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Oh yum! Blood orange margaritas are my fave!! Love the fresh lime juice! It’s the only way a margarita should be made!
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42 Brian @ A Thought For Food February 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

You know I’m a sucker for margaritas… and I have to admit, I’ve never had one made with blood oranges. That is going to have to change immediately.

And you’re quite right… good tequila and fresh juice are key! Here’s to the weekend! Clink!
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43 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I love my ‘normal’ recipe which I’ve been using for years but this was amazing Brian and of course the gorgeousness of the color can’t be beat. I’m off to buy some more, juice them and have a quantity around for a bit. My new fave!

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44 Jenny February 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Delicious looking cocktail. I’m on a blood orange kick myself.
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45 Kankana February 17, 2012 at 1:05 pm

That is SO gorgeous Barbara and just before the weekend starts! Awsm :) btw had no clue that triple sec is just water and sugar.
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46 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I mean I guess it works OK but I promise you…the difference is noticeable and worth spending a bit more.

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47 Ansh February 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Yummmy!! I have never made cocktails before – the guy takes care of that and he is pretty good. But I think with this recipe I might just be able to show him I know some pretty good things about cocktails too. Off to buy some blood oranges.. I have everything else!

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48 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

What can I say? Do it…there will be no regrets!

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49 Ansh February 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm

So totally Awesome!! Great Recipe!

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50 Creative Culinary February 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

Thanks…now I best run so I can be ready for people showing up in here in minutes huh? :)

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51 Living The Sweet Life February 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Anytime I can get my hands on some blood oranges, is a perfect day :) I love blood oranges, the colour – the taste … I love everything about it. This is a great margarita, can’t wait to give it a try.
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52 Nancy@acommunaltable February 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

It’s ALL about the oranges today Barb!! I LOVE blood oranges (heck, I love anything with citrus!!) and I know this is a killer margarita. Hmmm… making tacos tonight… guess what is gonna go with them??
Couldn’t agree with you more on using good tequila, good orange liqueur and fresh citrus!!!
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53 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

They are not something we can find easily but I loved this so much I”m going back to Whole Foods with fingers crossed. I need more!

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54 Lora @Cakeduchess February 17, 2012 at 10:52 am

I never make Margaritas but will take your advise and use your recipe. Looks fantastic! Cheers and TGIF:)

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55 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

You lucky girl…living in the citrus part of the world. You must make it and then you can make me jealous because I’m not sure I can find more blood oranges.

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56 Karriann February 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

I need this for an upcoming house party. Thanks for sharing! Lovely photos by the way :)

“Spice it Up”

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57 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Thank you Karriann…if you’re serving these then I hope I get invited. :)

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58 Feast on the Cheap February 17, 2012 at 9:17 am

Oh yum….THIS is a margarita!
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59 Lisa @ Dust with Flour February 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

Gorgeous, Barbara. A pretty and fresh note of orange to one of my favorite cocktails!
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60 Nelly Rodriguez February 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thanks for the not using Triple Sec advice! Gorgeous margarita dear!
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61 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Thanks Nelly; come to Colorado and I’ll make one for you. And give you your Wood Butter. Doggone it…guess I have to try that again. So annoying.

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62 Lisa February 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

Oh, now I would have used Triple Sec, being the drink mixer I am ;D You know what? I think the only ‘mixed’ drink I ever made (pouring wine or liqueurs doesn’t count, right?) was pouring a whole bottle of Grey Goose into a split watermelon. Yay for me! Your margarita is awesome, and I couldn’t agree more about blood oranges – stunning. Do you detect a slight hint of bitter in them when compared to your basic ‘orange’ orange?
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63 Kelley {mountainmamacooks} February 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

I went through my google reader this morning and the words “Blood Orange Margarita” jumped from the screen. I knew without looking who made it and more importantly I knew I would be making it soon. Girl, we need to meet one of these days and have drinks. Seriously!
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64 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Seriously I’m good with that idea. I love that I”m developing a reputation…well, a good one at least…thanks!

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65 Paula February 17, 2012 at 7:25 am

Truth be told, I’ve never had a margarita and this post is making me want to shovel the snow off the deck, haul out the lawn furniture and get to mixing! Just gorgeous!
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66 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Well that has to change! Truth is I seldom enjoy ones in a restaurant or bar; either they use inferior ingredients or make them too strong. I love making my own and tailoring them to my tastes. Not that I don’t like potent but this one was almost perfect. Actually a take on a strawberry margarita I’ve also made for years but now, without a doubt, my new favorite.

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67 Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon February 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

Good lord Barb, this post should come with a warning. It’s not even 9am and now all I can think about is relaxing with one of these in my hand. It’s going to be a loooong day.
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68 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Then you WILL have something to look forward to Wendi. Probably my favorite I’ve ever made. Just a bonus it’s so pretty.

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69 Rosa February 17, 2012 at 6:36 am

A wonderful cocktail! Sunshine in a glass…

Cheers,

Rosa

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70 Wendy Read - Sunchowder February 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

OMG, your photo of that cocktail is SPECTACULAR! Love the colors and props, wow. I have access to a tree here locally that producesand kind of medium blood red orange, has veins of red running through it. I absolutely want to try this when we go picking next week! Thanks so much for posting up.
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71 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Thanks Wendy…it was a most stellar cocktail. Off soon to hunt down some more blood oranges even.

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72 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme February 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

A truly gorgeous cocktail with a lovely blend of flavors, Barb! Though I’m not much of a cocktail drinker – honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I had one – I’m sure I’d enjoy this one. Perfect for the winter season with all its citrus components.
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73 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Would you believe I don’t drink much by myself. Should I admit I often make a cocktail for the post but beyond a sip or two I pitch it? Not this one…it was sooooooo good.

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74 Karen Harris February 17, 2012 at 5:37 am

Any day is a good margarita day in my opinion. Please tell me summer is close with the appearance of this gorgeous cocktail on your site because I am ready!
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75 Creative Culinary February 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

You. Me. This and spinach enchiladas? I’m ready.

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