Blood Orange Margaritas for a Crowd

by | Feb 21, 2019 | All, Batch Cocktails, Tequila

Need a batch cocktail for your big game party? Look no further than these gorgeous Blood Orange Margaritas for a Crowd. 

Glasses filled with Blood Orange Margaritas and garnished with fresh lime and blood orange slices.

Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’ll want to throw a party just to make a pitcher of these irresistible Blood Orange Margaritas. The beautiful color and unique flavor of blood oranges brings a fun, seasonal twist to what is always a crowd-pleasing cocktail. 

What are blood oranges?

Blood oranges have a similar taste to a navel orange with a hint of berry and a stunningly colored flesh. You might see them labeled as Moro oranges at the store right now.

They are in season December through March, so grab them while you can! (Update: I saw blood oranges at the grocery store in May, so it appears that blood orange season is longer than it used to be.)

Lowball glasses filled with Blood Orange Margaritas. Garnished with a salt rim and fresh lime and blood orange slices.

I can’t find blood oranges. Can I substitute another orange in this margarita recipe?

I only make this margarita recipe when blood oranges are in season, so I haven’t tried substituting another variety.

That said, Cara Cara oranges have a red flesh that would at least be similar in color to the striking appearance of the blood oranges. If you give it a try, we’d love to hear how it turns out!
Tip: This recipe calls for four cups of blood orange juice and another cup of lime juice. Not into squeezing that much juice by hand? Give this juicer a try. It makes quick work of sizable amount of fresh juice. Plus the parts are dishwasher safe! 

Glasses filled with Blood Orange Margaritas and garnished with fresh lime and blood orange slices. A gray plate filled with salt for the glass rims is nearby.

What kind of tequila do you use in this recipe for blood orange margaritas?

I don’t like to muddy the gorgeous color of these beauties, so I always opt for silver or blanco tequila. It’s a young tequila that is not aged, which also makes it less expensive than a reposado or anejo tequila. Perfect for mixed drinks!

How do you salt the rim of a margarita glass? 

It make feel like an unnecessary extra step, but salting a cocktail glass is super easy and adds polish to any cocktail, especially margaritas. 

Simply place salt on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the edge of the glass so it is coated in juice. Then turn the glass upside down and dip it into salt on the plate.

You may need to tip and turn the glass a bit to make sure the entire rim gets coated in salt, but you’ll get the hang of it after a few tries.

You can use the same technique for sugaring a rim, too, like we do in our Gin, Elderflower and Prosecco Cocktails. Simply swap the sugar for the salt and follow the same dipping technique. 


What kind of salt do you use to rim the glass? 

Our “house” brand of salt is Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, so that’s most often what I use for margaritas because it’s what I have on hand.

Big salt fan? You can also use a coarser grained sea salt for a bigger wow factor.

Or fancy up your drink (and add a bit of kick) by including any number of dried herbs or spices in your salt rim like we do with chili powder in our Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Lowball glasses rimmed with salt and filled with Blood Orange Margaritas. Garnished with fresh blood orange and lime slices.

Can I make just one blood orange margarita instead of a batch of them?

Sure! This recipe is written for a pitcher full of cocktails, but feel free to scale the recipe for yourself. Simply divide the ingredients by however many servings you need (no judgment here!).
Searching for a seasonal cocktail to banish the winter blahs? Look no further than these eye-catching Blood Orange Margaritas for a Crowd!

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Lowball glasses filled with Blood Orange Margaritas and garnished with fresh slices of blood oranges and limes.



We looooove our margaritas here at Garnish with Lemon! Don’t miss some of our other favorite margarita recipes:

Classic Golden Margarita – Garnish with Lemon®

Prosecco Margaritas – A Farmgirl’s Dabbles

Blueberry Margaritas – Garnish with Lemon®

Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas – From Valerie’s Kitchen

Key Lime Margaritas – Garnish with Lemon®

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Blood Orange Margaritas

Glasses filled with Blood Orange Margaritas and garnished with fresh lime and blood orange slices.
Need a batch cocktail for your big game party? Look no further than these gorgeous Blood Orange Margaritas for a Crowd. 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 4 cups fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups silver tequila
  • 1 1/2 cups triple sec (or other orange flavored liqueur)
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • lime wedges
  • kosher salt
  • blood orange and lime slices (optional)


  1. Place juices, tequila, triple sec and sugar in a large pitcher. Stir until sugar is dissolved and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Rim edges of glass with lime wedge and salt. Divide margaritas among ice-filled glasses and garnish with blood orange slices, if desired.


Total time includes refrigeration.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

8 ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 1g

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    These are BEAUTIFUL!! I love margaritas — I think I might need this whole pitcher 🙂

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      A Margarita Monday sounds like a solid idea to me! Cheers!

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      Me, too, Ashley. The color is irresistible, especially during this dreary time of year.

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      Thanks, Lauren. These babies are totally toast-worthy!

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    This is my kind of drink! I’m going to try it without the sugar though. I’m sure it will still be delish! 🙂

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      Absolutely, Megan!

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      Thanks, Alice. I love the color, too!

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    I enjoyed the video on FB and had to come see the recipe. So perfect for a party. Fun drink!

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      So glad you saw the video, Diane! It’s a great recipe for a group.

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    Beautiful pictures – I can’t wait to try these!

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    Big fan of this flavor combination – great winter drink!

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    So pretty! Love the color!

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    Hi! This looks awesome! I’m wanting to do it tomorrow for my son’s first birthday party, but since blood oranges are out of season I can’t find the juice or orange anywhere. What are your thoughts on using clementine, tangerine, or cara cara (red navel orange) juice instead? Just wondering how much it would alter the taste and which one would be best to go with. Thank you!

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      Hi Betsy, I would suggest going with Cara Cara oranges. They seem to be the closest in flavor profile (sweet-tart) to blood oranges. Enjoy the party!

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        Thank you, I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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    You are speaking my love language with these margaritas. Beautiful! And thank you so much for featuring my Prosecco margaritas recipe. Cheers, friends!



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