Learn how to make the most delicious, refreshing blood orange margarita at home with tequila, orange liqueur, blood orange juice, and lime sparkling water. This blood orange drink recipe is colorful, goes down easy, and uses simple, easy to find ingredients.
If you tuned into Fun Drink Friday over on IG Live, before it turned into our permanent show, the Mike & Kris Show, then you probably remember when Mike created the ultimate blood orange margarita. It turned out so good that he officially named it the “Kris-a-rita” (after yours truly), and I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today!
If you aren’t already aware, margaritas are my absolute favorite cocktail. Not just any margarita though, as it has to be made with legit ingredients and a high-quality tequila. Below you’ll find all of the ingredients that we use to make these Kris-a-rita’s, along with all of the substitutions that would work for this recipe.
Mike was once a bartender, so he’s got skills when it comes to making delicious drinks! He’s made these margaritas many times since he first created them, and it’s worth noting that they go down EASY. If you haven’t tried this Blood Orange Margarita just yet, I just know that you’ll love it too.
A few things that will take this margarita to the next level (in my opinion): a chilled glass & some square ice cubes! I keep a reusable zip top bag in the freezer, which is filled with square ice cubes, as I love using them in my Iced Banana Matcha Latte as well. You can find my favorite ice cube trays linked HERE and my fave reusable zip top bags HERE.
Blood Orange Margarita Ingredients:
Tequila: You can use any tequila that you’d like here, although we prefer using silver tequila. Lately, we’ve been really into Casamigos, which has a nice, smooth finish. My other go-to’s are Don Julio or Patron.
Orange Liqueur: We use Cointreau to make these Kris-a-ritas, but any orange liqueur will work! Grand Marnier, Curacao, or Triple Sec will all work great as well.
Blood Orange Juice: This is truly the ingredient that takes these margaritas to a whole different level! When it comes to blood orange juice, I most recommend using fresh squeezed juice – as it’s on an entirely different flavor level than pre-bottled juices. Blood oranges have much less actual juice in them vs regular oranges, so you’ll need approximately 1 blood orange per drink. If you aren’t able to find blood oranges near you, cara cara or sumo oranges would work great here as well, just know that you won’t get the same hot-pinkish hue. Not a fan of oranges? Using fresh pineapple juice would be my next go-to!
Sparkling Water: We prefer to use lime sparkling water (Waterloo is my favorite brand), but feel free to use any sparkling water that you’d like in this recipe. Topo Chico would be amazing as well!
Fresh Lime: You’ll need a lime wedge to squeeze into the drink, and if you’d like, a lime wheel for a totally optional, but gorgeous garnish.
Salt: We love using flaky, kosher salt to rim the glasses of our margaritas. Feel free to use any salt you’d like here, or leave it out altogether – it’s totally up to you!
Enjoy this Blood Orange Margarita, aka the Kris-a-rita!
Blood Orange Margarita
- 1 ½ ounces tequila preferably silver tequila
- ¾ ounce orange liqueur we use Cointreau
- 1 ounce blood orange juice approximately 1 orange per drink
- 2 ounces lime sparkling water
- 1 lime for garnish & drink
- Salt for rim if desired
- If desired, salt the rim of your glass. To do this, place the salt onto a small plate and rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge. Press the rim of the glass into the salt.
- Fill a large glass or shaker cup with ice. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, blood orange juice and sparkling water and stir or shake to mix.
- Cut the lime in half. Cut one of the halves into quarters. Squeeze one of the lime wedges (1/8 lime) into a glass filled with ice. Pour the drink into the glass.