Sweet & Tart Blood Orange Margarita

Our staff loves blood orange margaritas for their perfect blend of tart and sweet and their bold, beautiful red color.

Ingredients
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup sugar
cup silver tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau
cups fresh blood orange juice (from about 6 blood oranges)

For the rim:
Coarse Kosher salt
1/2 a lime for moistening the glass rim

Ice cubes
mint optional for garnish

Directions
In a pitcher, stir lime juice, sugar and 3/4 cup water until the sugar dissolves. Add tequila, Cointreau and blood orange juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.

For the rim: Spread coarse salt on a small plate. Moisten the rims of your martini glasses and dip the rims glasses into the salt. Fill a cocktail shaker about 3/4 full of ice and measure in 1 1/2 cups of the margarita for 3 drinks. Cover and shake for 15 seconds so mixture is chilled. Strain into the prepared glasses. Use same instructions for the next batch.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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