Skinny Blood Orange Margaritas
Skinny Blood Orange Margaritas are made with just four simple ingredients and are only 77 calories each. The delicious flavor and beautiful bright pink color makes them perfect for entertaining!
IT’S MARGARITA TIME!
Whether you wanted it or not, I promised you guys these were coming, and I am a woman of my word.
I’m aware that there are already TONS of recipes for blood orange margaritas floating around the internet but, being the hip-cocktail-drinker that I am, I just tried one for the first time a few weeks ago.
Brandon and I went out for lunch at a new restaurant that recently opened nearby called Pacific Catch which, as the name would imply, serves mostly seafood. Thankfully they also happen to have an impressive selection of plant-based options and a mouth-watering drink menu to boot. If you live on the West Coast or are ever in the area, you should definitely check it out!
Anyways, one of the items on their seasonal menu was a blood orange margarita that I happily slurped down alongside a scrumptious plate of tacos with sweet potato fries. Between the beautiful bright pink color and the perfectly tart flavor, I fell hard for that margarita.
The funny thing us, I’m not really a big margarita person. I usually shy away from ordering them because all of the sugar and acids in the margarita mix gives me terrible heartburn. But these were done right. They were made with fresh squeezed blood orange and lime juice then slightly sweetened with light agave nectar. I left there without a doubt that I had to recreate them for you!
I’m calling them ‘skinny’ because I chose to leave out the agave nectar which makes them a super light option for a cocktail. Actually, I had to laugh because the nutrition calculator that I use for my recipes gave them an A-rating. That might be true in the world of cocktails but I wouldn’t say hard liquor is in any way nutritious!
So with that in mind, they’re great if you’re trying to be conscious about calories while still enjoying an adult drink here and there. I personally thought the blood orange juice made them plenty sweet enough on their own but feel free to taste test and add a little agave nectar if you prefer.
Oh, and I highly recommend serving them with a plate of tacos. It’s like love and marriage. You can’t have one without the other. ;)
Skinny Blood Orange Margaritas
Yield: 24 ounces (about 4 margaritas)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice (approx. 8 oranges)
- 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (approx. 6 limes)
- 1/2 cup orange liqueur (such as triple sec)
- 1/2 cup tequila (I like silver tequila)
- 1 cup ice cubes
Combine all of the ingredients in a large pitcher then add the ice cubes. Stir well then pour the mixture into four glasses (with optional salted rim). Garnish with lime and/or blood orange slices, serve cold and enjoy!
If you would like to make these ahead of time, simply wait to add the ice to the pitcher until ready to serve. For a slightly sweeter option, try adding two teaspoons of light agave nectar.