Entertaining Recipes

killer blood orange margaritas

April 10, 2018

I have shared this recipe before, but I believe with warmer weather on the way, it should be shared again.  It’s that good!  I served these to friends this past weekend and the next day one friend wrote: “I know what those cocktails should be called; KILLER!  The color is totally appropriate!

Just remember, I warned you!

I found this recipe in Food & Wine magazine.  Chef Dean Fearing created this drink which is a best seller at his wife Lynae’s popular Dallas restaurant Shinsei.  “The sweet-tart blood orange flavor intensifies the margarita-ness of it. ” (I think the tequila may have something to do with that too!) I halved the recipe for a smaller gathering…

Killer Blood Orange Margaritas

Intense color and flavor is what makes them so appealing!

Blood Orange Margaritas


  • 1 quart fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups Cointreau
  • 3 ½ cups silver tequila
  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large pitcher, mix the blood orange juice with the lime juice, Cointreau and silver tequila.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Spread a small mound of salt on a small plate.  Moisten the outer rim of 12 martini glasses with the orange wedge, then dip the rims into the salt to lightly coat.
  3. Add ice to the pitcher and stir well, then strain into the prepared glasses.  Garnish each margarita with a blood orange slice and a sage sprig and serve.  (I omitted this step but had some blood orange slices in the pitcher)
  4. Enjoy!!
Blood Orange Margaritas

This is a picture from last year. This years blood oranges were an even more intense shade as seen in the feature picture.

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  • jmnowak April 12, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Looks enticing!
    But, I’m more interested in the lit up California map on your wall, in the last foto. 🙋

  • edbdesignssb April 12, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Hi! The California sign was a gift from my family. They bought it at one of my favorite local shops, Mate Gallery. If you do a search at the bottom of this page for Mate Gallery, a post will come up about the shop. 🙂 Best, Elizabeth

  • Eva Contreras May 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    This looks delicious, Elizabeth! I hope all is well! Greetings from Illinois xo, Eva

    • edbdesignssb May 12, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Eva,

      I’ve been MIA on social media as I’m deep into a new project of our own. I will DM you soon! xx Elizabeth

      • Eva Contreras May 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm

        Hi Elizabeth, I have noticed your absence but saw your lovely images on IG and figured you’re having a great time! I feel like we all need a break from social media every now and then… Looking forward to find out more about your new project! xoxo Eva