It’s almost Cinco de Mayo and you know what that means……Margarita’s cha, cha, cha! Yes, an excuse (as if you need one) to drink more margaritas! I love margaritas and I think they are perfect all summer long. I like to mix things up (pun intended) and love a good twist on a classic like this blood orange margarita. May is the end of blood orange season in California, so I want to make sure I (and you) get every opportunity to use these wonderful oranges. So besides, being a beautiful citrus fruit, what is a blood orange and why is it different from a typical navel orange? The blood orange is typically less acidic in taste and can contain notes of berries like raspberry or strawberry making them not only beautiful but delicious and perfect for a margarita.
- 6 ounces fresh squeezed blood orange juice
- 6 ounces white tequila (I prefer Silver Patron)
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 4 dashes orange bitters (optional)
- Salt for rim of the glass
- Juice blood oranges (approximately 4-5 per 2 servings).
- If desired, rub rim of glass with blood orange rind or lime rind, dip glasses in salt.
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine juices, tequila, simple syrup and bitters. Shake to combine.
- Pour into two glasses filled with ice.
- Garnish with lime wedges.
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups sugar
- Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Stir sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Increase heat and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium and simmer 3 minutes.
- Transfer syrup to a bowl or pitcher and chill.
- Can be stored covered in a refrigerator up to two weeks.
Your margarita is in hand and your Cinco de Mayo celebration is off to a great start. But a girl has to eat right? What goes better with margaritas than tacos? Tacos are so versatile and easy and you have lots of options. A nice big batch of Fish Tacos with Fresh Guacamole would be a perfect pairing with your margaritas. They are healthy, fresh and best of all easy to make with a margarita in hand. If fish tacos are not your thing, you really should check out one of my favorite food blogs Tasty Ever After. Karrie has tons of great recipes, but has an absolutely fabulous Slow Cooker Cholula Shredded Beef Taco that would be perfect paired with her Preserved Lemon Spicy Margarita. This margarita has a kick thanks to ancho chili liqueur! I think you can see why it’s one of my favorite blogs. Not to mention the girl is as crazy as I am for taco Tuesday!! If you would like to go a little lighter to allow more room for margaritas, you could try out my Mexican Chopped Salad. It would be great as it is or you could add some fresh grilled chicken or salmon.
There are lots of options to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Make sure you include margaritas, good food and friends and you will be celebrating in style! Be safe, be happy and enjoy!
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