Blood oranges, though they’re a winter citrus, are essentially a harbinger of spring, as they’re one of the last citrus varieties to come into season. This tequila cocktail is a fabulous way to enjoy them at their peak, but we’ve got plenty more blood orange recipes right this way!
Blood oranges’ signature hue is thanks to anthocyanins, which are compounds that give many other fruits and veggies their bright colors. (It’s a compound that may help prevent cancer and heart disease.) Grown primarily around the Mediterranean and California, it is a sweet-tart fruit with a bright red or red-streaked ivory flesh.
The Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen cooks take advantage of the fruit’s distinctive flavor by mixing the juice with a perfect foil for its bright pungency. Blood oranges and tequila are like vanilla and chocolate together: so good! Here’s a blood orange recipe to delight citrus lovers, margarita fans, and everyone in between. For more fresh flavored cocktail (and non-alchoholic) recipes, check out their new cookbook, A Drink for Every Season.
Blood Orange Tequila Tropi-cal
- 4 oz (125 grams) fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 oz (60 ml) fresh blood orange juice
- 1 ½ oz (45 ml) tequila reposado
- ½ oz (15 ml) fresh lime juice
- ¼ oz (7 ml) simple syrup 1:1 mix of sugar and warm water, dissolved
- 1 oz (30 ml) club soda
- 1 slice blood orange for garnish
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pineapple and blood orange juice.
- Add the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and 1 cup of ice.
- Shake until chilled, about 30 seconds.
- Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, top with club soda, and garnish with the blood orange slice.