The Lush Life Blood Orange Margarita

Tart, delicious, and so beautiful, blood orange season is something to celebrate. Supermarkets often stock blood oranges that have been shipped in from a land far, far away, and I find that they can smell dank and are soft to the touch. It’s best to purchase them at the farmers market. Or, better yet, if you live in a warm climate like we have in Santa Barbara (where the days are warm and the nights are cool), buy a tree and plant it in your yard. If you’re tight on space, grow a dwarfed variety in a large pot. You’ll know the citrus is ready to be picked when the peel looks slightly red like it was dusted in rust.



  • 4 ounces (½ cup) tequila

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) fresh blood orange juice (from
    1 orange)

  • 11/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Cointreau

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes)

  • 1 lime wedge

  • Flaky sea salt

  • 2 blood orange wheels (garnish)


  1. Mix tequila, blood orange juice, Cointreau, and lime juice in a small pitcher or glass measuring cup. (Margarita mix can be made ahead. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours.)

  2. Run a lime wedge around the lip of 2 short glasses to moisten, then dip into a saucer filled with sea salt. Fill
    glasses with ice. Add blood orange wheels to glasses and fill with margarita mix.

From Lush Life: Food & Drinks from the Garden by Valerie Rice, Prospect Park Books 2021. Photo credit: Gemma and Andrew Ingalls

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