Cinco de Mayo a is pretty big celebration in our family because it happens to be my little sister’s birthday. We call it Cinco de Mara (she’s really lucky her name works so well in that pun), and since she’s been old enough to drink margaritas we’ve been fiesta-ing like there’s no mañana on the 5th of May. It just so happens that margaritas are one of her favorite drinks, too – how perfect! In celebration prep for this festive fiesta of a holiday, I’ve been thinking about some spins on the classic margarita to add to my repertoire. When I saw the most gorgeous blood oranges at the market this week, I knew I had to give a blood orange margarita a try. The blood orange lends the most gorgeous color, and I love that its flavor has just a bit more berry-esque sweetness than a regular orange. While I love collecting fun glassware, I have a lifelong distaste for margarita glasses – the giant opening always makes for a sloshy mess; I talk with my hands and I just can’t help but spill when I’m drinking out of them! So I typically serve my margaritas in a small rocks glass, or for glass-free outdoor entertaining, Chinet® Cut Crystal® cups work great, too. I rimmed a few Chinet Cut Crystal 9 oz. cups with salt for that crisp balance to the tart and sweet flavors of the margarita. No cocktail is complete without a festive garnish at my house, so I grabbed some tissue paper and my handy fringe scissors (seriously, I use these things a lot!) and affixed a few layers of fringed paper to a drink stirrer. They have a piñata-inspired look that adds just a little extra something to this tasty cocktail. Get the full recipe below:

Blood Orange Margaritas.
  • 4 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 6 oz. fresh blood orange juice
  • Juice of two limes
  • Splash of triple sec
  • Ice
  • Salt and fruit for garnishes
  1. Mix tequila, simple syrup, blood orange juice, lime and triple sec with ice in a shaker.
  2. Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glasses.
  3. Garnish with more limes or oranges if desired.


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