Saturday, September 1, 2007

Drink of the Week: Blood Orange Margarita

For those in the know, this is also called a "Lower Cost of Market-arita" (... it's a long story involving getting blood from a stone, etc. etc.)

Ideally, you'd make this with fresh-squeezed blood orange juice. However, blood oranges are a seasonal citrus fruit for us, and we really can't get them in the summer, when most of us would want to make a margarita. So, I used Trader Joe's Italian Volcano Orange Juice, which is made from blood oranges instead. (Dunno where the volcano comes in.)

Since this recipe involves squeezing a fair amount of citrus, I recommend you make the juice mix ahead and store it in the fridge until you're ready to have a drink. It should keep for 2 days or so.

Blood Orange Margarita
Make the juice mix in a 4-cup measure, or quart mason jar (good for shaking in the sugar)
  • juice of 3 limes
  • juice of 3 oranges (Valencia are better than navels for this)
  • pour in enough blood orange juice to bring your mix to about 3 cups total
  • sugar to taste - this mix will be pretty sour at first, so you will want to add some sugar
Refrigerate until serving time.

To serve - prep your glasses, rocks or not, salt or not, etc.

Mix together:
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. (or less) triple sec
  • 2-3 oz. juice mix (if it's on the rocks you may use less)
Pour into prepared glass, float a sliver of lime on top and serve. You should have enough mix for 5-6 margaritas.


amanda said...

You know, I bought some of this juice from Trader Joe's as well and I've been trying to figure out what to do with it.
This sounds perfect!
Would the sugar mix better into the juice if it was made into a "simple syrup" possibly?

Sunday Cook said...

Definitely use simple syrup for this. I used to use superfine sugar (or bar sugar) and finally went to using a simple syrup for all my drink sweetening. I mix up a 2 cup batch and leave it in my fridge.


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