Sunday, February 21, 2016

Blood Orange Margarita

Happy National Margarita Day! 
So, maybe it isn't an official holiday, but I like to celebrate the small things in life! Although I'm not a huge tequila fan and the thought of a tequila shot turns my stomach, I love margaritas. It's the perfect summer beverage and Saturday afternoon sipper! In recent days, Chicago has been in the 50s and 60s and it's making me more than ready for spring! I'm craving a good spring cleaning, pastels, and all things citrus. Maybe I'm in need of a vacation, that's quite possible, but more than ever, I love a new fresh season. I originally intended on making a grapefruit margarita until a blood orange caught my eye at the grocery store and I changed my mind instantly. 
I love blood oranges! They are similar to an orange but sweeter and almost tart, not to mention the gorgeous color!

I made a few rounds of these margaritas and truthfully, there's no right or wrong way to make these. Margaritas are a pretty personal cocktail. Some prefer salt over sugar. Some prefer over-the-rocks over blended. Some prefer dark tequila over light. Take this recipe and make it how you like!

In celebration of the holiday I'll be eating fish tacos with pineapple salsa and a pitcher of these blood orange margaritas! More on the tacos to come.

Blood Orange Margaritas
(makes one margarita)
You'll Need:
2 oz tequila (whichever one you like)
2 oz blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 oz Elderflower liquor
slice of blood orange or lime for garnish

In a glass measuring cup, combine the tequila, blood orange juice, lime juice, and elderflower liquor. Give it a good stir and set it aside.

Meanwhile, take a lime wedge and run it along the rim of the glass and then dip it into a plate of sugar or salt. You can also omit both if you like. Fill the glass with ice (crushed or cubed).

Fill your cocktail shaker with crushed ice and pour the margarita mixture in and give it a good shake for about 30 seconds. Alternatively you could blend with ice!
Strain into your glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange or lime.

*Chef's note-
I like to use St. Germain instead of a sweetener like simple syrup. It adds a floral sweetness with a little complexity, that I really like! Feel free to sub out for agave, triple sec, etc.

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