Blood Orange Margarita

After the recent storm, we had been two days without power and a friend and I decided to escape to the movies (where they luckily did have power!).  Afterward we went out for a much-needed and well deserved cocktail.  She ordered, what else, but a Hurricane (a mixture of rums and pineapple juice, among other things), and I chose a Blood Orange Margarita on the rocks from the drink menu.  I couldn’t see exactly what went into it, but it was delicious.  The next night, when our power had returned, I thought I’d try to mix up one of those drinks on my own.  Amazingly, I had everything I needed to make it, despite the fact that blood oranges are not in season in early September.

Many speciality and higher-end grocery stores now carry a wide variety of Italian sodas.  Limonata and Aranciata are two of my favorites, but I recently bought a bottle of Blood Orange Soda.  Slightly sweet and carbonated, it is a refreshing drink on its own.  When mixed up with a few spirits… fabulous!  It even gave me a chance to open up the really nice bottle of tequila we received as a gift!  Cheers to that!

Blood Orange Margarita

3 ounces Italian Blood Orange soda

2 ounces tequila

1 ounce triple sec

Mix together all ingredients in a highball glass, top with ice and garnish with a slice of orange.

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