Mixology 101: Blood Orange Margarita


Happy Halloween! The weekend of goblins and ghouls is here and I am ready to play a little dress-up. Halloween hasn't always been a favorite holiday of mine. It could be the fact that my mother, for most of my middle school life, poked two holes in a white bed sheet and threw it over my head, claiming I made for a perfectly reasonable ghost but I digress. Over the last few years I have finally come embrace All Hallow's Eve, particularly the Mexican tradition of  Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead) on November 1st & 2nd. 

A nod to the Dia De Los Muertos celebration, this year I whipped up a tart treat worthy of the fiesta, the Blood Orange Margarita. I actually love Margaritas but  have recently stopped drinking them for they can get too sweet due to artificial mixes full of sugar. Thus looking for a substitute to the typical margarita recipe, I partnered up with Whole Foods, finding a natural sweetening alternative from RIPE Bar Juice. Cold-pressed and fresh, RIPE Agave Margarita (Agave Lime Sour) is an ideal organic cocktail mixer that uses 100% Agave Nectar for its flavor. I used it in my recipe to replace the lime juice and simple syrup and it was delish! To give the recipe an extra "craft" cocktail twist, pun intended, I made red Margarita salt. Simply pour a handful of store bought Margarita salt into a zip lock bag, add two drops of red food coloring into the bag and shake. POOF! ABRACADABRA! You have red Margarita salt. So if your looking for a libation to follow the candy and costumes this bloody recipe will do just the trick!


Ingredients:

Silver Tequila
Grand Mariner
RIPE Agave Margarita 
Blood Oranges
Limes
Red Margarita Salt

Recipe:

1. Prep cocktail glass, pressing lime juice on rim and then dip rim into red Margarita salt
2. Pour 1.5 oz of silver tequila into shaker
3. Add 1 oz of Grand Mariner 
4. Add 2 oz RIPE Agave Margarita Bar Juice
5. Add 1.5 oz of fresh Blood Orange juice
6. Add ice
7. Shake well and pour into salt garnished glass