Friday Cocktail: An Updated Margarita

I love a good margarita. If you’d been reading for a while, you definitely will have seen at least three different recipes, ranging from spicy to sweet, and of course the classic (which was one of my first ‘Friday Cocktail’ posts).  Given how much I’ve been loving blood orange recently, it was really only a matter of time before  I combined to of my favourite things. While each is great on its own, they make a pretty fantastic twist on a classic.

As Cinco de Mayo was yesterday I was definitely inspired to make this week’s post tequila-focussed. While it may not be the usually choice, I really like reposado tequila when I’m making margaritas as it has a bit more flavour that silver tequila, and somehow seems a bit more mellow. Feel free to use your favourite in the recipe below, although next time you’re re-stocking I definitely recommend giving reposado a try.

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The ingredients are wonderfully simple, and if you’ve read my earlier post on the classic margarita, this is mostly that recipe, but with a small addition of blood orange juice.

The recipe below will make two cocktails, so grab a friend and give it a try!

Ingredients:

• juice from 1/2 blood orange

• 1 lime, cut into four wedges

• 1-2 tsp agave nectar or sugar

• 4oz tequila

 Directions: 

  1. Squeeze lime into the base of a cocktail shaker, add agave or sugar, and muddle well to combine
  2. Add blood orange juice (and a dash of cointreau, optional), tequila, and ice
  3. Shake well and strain into two cocktail glasses, garnish with lime wedges, and serve

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