Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers!

January 29, 2014

It’s been a painful few weeks, but I’ve finally come to accept that my 49ers aren’t in the Superbowl (it sure took me long enough). Now that I’m not listening to sports radio or football podcasts, I found time to make this ridiculously delicious pitcher of blood orange margaritas. Whenever blood oranges are in season this is my go-to libation. I usually mix up a batch to bring with me to parties.ย They were a favorite on my old beverage catering menu, and I even made them at my wedding!ย I highly recommend making these for your Superbowl party. Trust me, you will not be disappointed . . . unless you’re a Niners fan. There’s always next year.

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM


  • 750 ml bottle of reposado tequila
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups lime juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup (combine equal parts sugar and water)
  • 3 cups blood orange juice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • limes wedges and blood orange salt for garnish

Blood Orange Salt:

  • blood orange juice
  • extra coarse salt

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

To make the blood orange salt:ย (recipe adapted from Top with Cinnamon)

Squeeze some blood orange juice onto parchment paper.

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Sprinkle salt on top of the blood orange juice and combine using a pastry brush.

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Set aside and let dry.

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To make the cocktail:

In a large pitcher, add the bottle of tequila and the orange liqueur. Depending on the size of your pitcher, you may have to mix all the ingredients in a larger container, like a mixing bowl, and separate into two pitchers.

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

Next, add the lime juice . . .

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

. . . and the blood orange juice.

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Add the simple syrup and sparkling water.

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

Stir well to combine and place in the refrigerator to chill.

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

Pour the chilled cocktail over ice into a blood-orange-salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge. No shaking needed! Just remember to have plenty of ice on-hand. Oh, and straws. I always forget the straws.

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

A couple things to note: as always, the sweetness of your cocktail will vary depending on the type of orange liqueur you use, how ripe your citrus is, etc. The cool thing about making a big batch of cocktails is that you can precisely adjust to fit your taste. Prefer it a bit sweeter? Add some more simple syrup. More blood orange yumminess? Go right ahead! More tequila? You get the idea.

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

Remember to stir your pitcher occasionally. These fresh ingredients will naturally separate after a few minutes.

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

I hope someone invites me to their Superbowl party, or I’m in for a long Sunday. Enjoy the game!

Blood Orange Margarita . . . Pitchers! // HonestlyYUM

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YUM! These look so delicious! And so so colorful! Definitely planning on trying this recipe sometime this summer!

Thanks for sharing!

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We gave this a try and loved it! And, kept parents happily relaxed at a 1 and three year old birthday party. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh boy, I had one of these yesterday, courtesy of the bartending skills of a very good friend, and wowzers, best margarita I’ve had in a long, long time!

Made a pitcher yesterday for the game and it was delicious! It definitely helped dull the pain for us Broncos fans ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Todd!

Now I know it’s early…but can I have a few of these??? These photos are SO gorgeous. I will definitely have to try this soon! xo

ah! i saw this photo on instagram and now i have the recipe!! i’m running out to buy tequila NOW!!! this looks insane!

Could that blood orange salt be any prettier?! These look incredible, Todd! I’m so happy that Rainbow Grocery finally started carrying blood oranges because I need to make a pitcher of these margis asap. Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

I too have to say: these pictures are gourgeus. I just can’t believe how pretty you made squeezed fruits look. Keep up the good job.

It looks like I will be dusting off the old pitcher for the Superbowl. Thanks as always for topical (and gorgeous) drink ideas. Now I have to find blood oranges in Denver.

Thanks for that post. As a Forty-niner fan, I feel the same way. Actually, just now recovered from last year’s loss in the Super Bowl, and now have to work to recover from this. LOL! Still watching this year’s SB though. Go Denver!

Holy guacamole!! This looks so incredible. I too have a big dilemma, to watch the game sans my beloved 49ers or clean out the garage. But if this gorgeous cocktail was on the table, I know where I’d be! Todd, you’re an artist and genius!

beautiful. May I ask how in the world you made these photos so gorgeous? Is it instagram? I’m so in love with the colors.

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