There aren’t too many good things I can say for this time of the year. We’re still got a few more weeks of winter left, and cabin fever set in 2 months ago. One thing that always brightens  my spirits is the abundance of gorgeous citrus fruits. Even out here on the Eastern Shore, in my local mega-mart, I have been able to find prized citrus varieties like meyer lemons and blood oranges. Now, that not may seem like a big deal to most of you “city slickers”, but when I find specialty items like this in the store it’s all I can do to contain my excitement. I usually buy several bags to enjoy for the next couple weeks, then what I don’t use – I’ll juice and freeze for use throughout the year.

Another thing that brightens my spirits this time of year (well, ALL times of year, actually) is booze! While I’ve been enjoying lots of great home brew, courtesy of the Mister, I’ve been enjoying the occasional margarita here and there too. It’s so much fun to play with the flavor profiles of margaritas, with whatever fruits are in season. When I saw a blood orange margarita pop up on Shawnda’s site (the Queen of flavored margs!), it was love at first sight. Blood oranges are more orange-y than their Navel cousin, so I knew the flavor had to be divine. And, the color. That deep, dark red is just to die for!

The first night I made them, I made them for just myself, and they went down far too easy. Needless to say, pictures were not captured. I was too busy shaking my tailfeather to old school tunes upstairs (yea, alone!). Sigh, I *really* need a night out! I’ve made them several times since then for company, and they’re always very well received. A great change of pace from the standard margarita. Blood oranges are already gone from my local store, but I’m already looking forward to next year when I’ll be able to make these again. If you can track down a bag, do yourself a favor and make these margaritas this weekend!


  1. Posted February 17, 2012 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    They go down *far* too easily. I swear off drinking at least once a week because of that 🙂

  2. Posted February 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

    MAN..I can NEVER find blood oranges where I live…and you think living in Florida..I would be able to find them at the 7 11!!!

  3. Posted February 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM | Permalink

    Yum – love the color in these margaritas…now that the weather is getting warmer a margarita sounds perfect!

  4. Sarah
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM | Permalink

    Just want to say that I will DEF be trying this recipe. And love the blog title, it’s so cute and creative!

  5. Margarita
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 11:51 PM | Permalink

    Pretty spectacular little drink. I wonder if you could turn it into a frozen Blood Orange Margarita?

  6. Posted February 19, 2012 at 8:15 PM | Permalink

    I just bought Meyer lemons this weekend and made sorbet with them! I get excited about all the exotic citrus fruit at this time of year too. This looks beautiful and I bet it tastes even better!

  7. Cillygirl
    Posted May 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM | Permalink

    I Just found your recipe and have a few questions:
    1. How many servings will the recipe above yield?
    2. What type of tequila do you recommend gold/silver? Any paticular brand?

    • Laura
      Posted May 3, 2012 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

      24 cupcakes, I like Sauza Hornitos. It’s reasonably priced, and seems to be in the middle of gold and silver.

  8. Colleen
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 10:49 PM | Permalink

    Just ran to the big “W” after work to do some late night grocery shopping without the kiddies, and just as I was about to grab a pomegranate to make your Pom margaritas, I spotted the blood red oranges baby 🙂 when I pulled this recipe up I thought, it’s been nearly a year, we totally owe the Davis crew a dinner! So we’ll have to pull out the calandra next wk and set a date 🙂

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