Blood Orange Mezcal Margarita


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Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor

Muy Bueno

By Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack

Published 2013

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Mezcal and blood red oranges—a match made in a cocktail shaker! If you enjoy tequila as much as I do (and I do) then giving mezcal a try is well worth the experience. Mezcal is not the tequila of days gone by, with the scary worm at the bottom of the bottle. Mezcal has come a long way and the varieties available today are so worthy of the blood red oranges. If you don’t have mezcal or just want to stick with what you know, then añejo tequila is what you want to use as it has some similar deep and dark notes like mezcal. Squeeze, pour, shake, pour again, and sip … ahhh. Salud!


  • Juice of 3 blood oranges
  • Juice of 3 cara cara oranges (also called red navel)
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 4 ounces Mezcal tequila
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Salt for glass rims


Put the freshly squeezed juices in a martini shaker. Add the tequila, simple syrup, and ice. Shake and divide equally between two salt-rimmed margarita glasses. Garnish with a blood orange slice or a sprig of mint.