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Blood Orange Margaritas
“Fresh blood orange juice gives this stunning pink cocktail just the right balance of sweet and sour. For the perfect finish, upgrade the salt rim on your glass by mixing in a little orange zest to add to both the presentation and flavor of these skinny margaritas.”
1 tablespoon grated blood orange zest
1 tablespoon kosher salt (optional)
1 cup white tequila, chilled
1 cup blood orange juice, chilled
½ cup lime juice, plus 1 lime wedge
¼ cup Triple Sec
2 tablespoons simple syrup (see Tip)
Blood orange slices for garnish
Lime slices for garnish
1Sprinkle orange zest on a small plate and combine with salt (if using).
2Combine tequila, orange juice, lime juice, Triple Sec and simple syrup in a pitcher.
3Rub the rims of 6 glasses with the lime wedge and dip in the zest (or zest-salt mixture). Fill the glasses with ice and top with about ½ cup margarita mixture each. Garnish with orange and lime slices, if desired.
To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate the margarita mix (Step 2) for up to 2 days.
Tip: To make your own simple syrup: Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. Let cool for 30 minutes and then refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour. Makes about 1½ cups.