Whenever blood oranges are in season this is my go-to libation. I usually mix up a batch to bring with me to parties. They were a favorite on my old parties in college, and I even make them now! I highly recommend making these for your Superbowl Party. Trust me, you will not be disappointed . . . unless you’re a Niners fan. There’s always next year.


  • 750 ml bottle of reposado tequila
  • 1 cup orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups lime juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup (combine equal parts sugar and water)
  • 3 cups blood orange juice
  • 2 cups sparkling water
  • limes wedges and blood orange salt for garnish

Blood Orange Salt:

  • blood orange juice

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To make the blood orange salt: (recipe adapted from Top with Cinnamon)
Squeeze some blood orange juice onto parchment paper.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.4.1Sprinkle salt on top of the blood orange juice and combine using a pastry brush.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.15Set aside and let dry.

To make the cocktail:

In a large pitcher, add the bottle of tequila and the orange liqueur. Depending on the size of your pitcher, you may have to mix all the ingredients in a larger container, like a mixing bowl, and separate into two pitchers.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.8.1Next, add the lime juice . . .
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.14. . . and the blood orange juice.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.9.1Add the simple syrup and sparkling water.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.2.1Stir well to combine and place in the refrigerator to chill.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.11.1Pour the chilled cocktail over ice into a blood-orange-salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge. No shaking needed! Just remember to have plenty of ice on-hand. Oh, and straws. I always forget the straws.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.5.1A couple things to note: as always, the sweetness of your cocktail will vary depending on the type of orange liqueur you use, how ripe your citrus is, etc. The cool thing about making a big batch of cocktails is that you can precisely adjust to fit your taste. Prefer it a bit sweeter? Add some more simple syrup. More blood orange yumminess? Go right ahead! More tequila? You get the idea.
blood.orange.margarita.pitcher.recipe.13Remember to stir your pitcher occasionally. These fresh ingredients will naturally separate after a few minutes.