There’s nothing more refreshing than an Orange Margarita. Bright and bold, this fabulous iced cocktail will keep you cool during these hot summer days.
Where does your mind take you when you think of margaritas? Is it a beautiful beach with crystal blue water? A backyard pool party with The Ramones playing on your radio? Perhaps a sunset boat ride with your soulmate by your side? Wherever margaritas take you… I’m sure it involves blissful thoughts of happiness, laughter, friends and sunshine.
Margaritas are a pretty easy cocktail to make at home.
Tangy and slightly sweet… you can serve them over ice or toss everything together in the blender for a frosty treat. I recently met with Natalie’s team and tried their line of juices and mixers at a food show. Their juices are handcrafted in small batches to ensure authentic freshness. They specialize in making clean, nutritious juice with no preservatives, GMO’s or artificial ingredients.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS ORANGE MARGARITA RECIPE:
There are plenty of ways to revamp this classic cocktail, but my main point is you’ll want to stick with quality ingredients.
- Good Tequila: Skip the cheap stuff that will give you a headache. Silver, Anejo and Reposado work well in this recipe.
- Grand Marnier: This is an orange-flavored cognac liqueur. Adds a little depth to the cocktail.
- Natalie’s Margarita Mix: Tastes similar to simple syrup and helps balance the alcohol.
- Fresh Orange Juice: Gives this cocktail a citrus zing, tasting like the summer sun.
- Freshly Handcrafted Lime Juice: This pulls everything together with an exotic taste! Hello, island in the tropics.
- 3 ounces (2 jiggers) Natalie's Orange Juice
- ¾ ounce (1/2 jigger) Natalie's Lime Juice
- 1 ounce Natalie's Margarita Mix
- 2 ounce Tequila (I used Blanco)
- ¾ ounce (1/2 jigger) Grand Marnier
- Course Salt, for serving
- Lime & Orange Wedge, for garnish
- Sprinkle of Chili Powder, optional
- Run a wedge of lime around the top of the glass and then immediately dip it in salt.
- Combine orange juice, lime juice, margarita mix, tequila and Grand Marnier in a cocktail shaker. Give it a good shake and pour over ice in the glass.
- If you'd like a little kick of heat, add a sprinkle of chili powder to the top of the cocktail.
NOTES ON THIS RECIPE:
- If you prefer your margaritas blended, simply add all ingredients to the blender and pulse until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
- I love the slight heat from a sprinkle of chili powder. You could alternatively place a couple of jalapeño slices as a garnish as well.
- I’m a firm believer that fresh lime juice is the key when it comes to Margaritas. Natalie’s bottled lime juice only has one ingredient (limes!), so it tangy and slightly sweet. I’ve found other bottled lime juices to be sour and a bit bitter.
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