Blood Orange Margarita with Spicy Syrup

I love blood oranges. I might even go as far to say they're my favorite citrus fruit. They're more bitter than other oranges, but less acidic, with an almost berry-like flavor. They're perfect.

Spicy blood orange, though. That's really something.

Trees Knees steps in for triple sec here to give a full sweetness plus a spicy punch. I'd recommend making a large batch that you can ice on command. These will go quickly!

Now a note on tequila: don't buy bottom-shelf. Look for a moderately priced tequila that says "100% agave" on the bottle. Do not—seriously, do not—buy any mixed brands, which are half agave and half nasty liquor juice. Reposado and añejo are delicious aged tequilas, but they're e a little deluxe to be covered in juice. Blanco is definitely the way to go! I love Cimarrón Blanco, which is great quality and nicely priced, but ask your liquor store for some good recommendations. (Of course, mezcal trumps all. Just make sure no one is driving.)

Now, time to get drinking.


  • 3 oz blood orange juice (about 2 oranges, depending on size)
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz Trees Knees Spicy Syrup
  • Thyme sprig (optional)
  • Kosher salt (optional)

Before you juice your oranges, rub down the glass rims and dip in salt.

Mix the juice, tequila, and Trees Knees in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with plenty of ice. Shake or stir, then strain into your prepared glass.

Pinch the thyme spring between your thumb and index finger, gently rub once, and drop into the glass.


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