Blood Orange Marigold Margarita

Tart blood orange juice makes a brilliantly colored cocktail and not to mention very uplifting. For a touch of Dia de los Muertos spirit, spike with marigold infused tequila for an additional layer of flavor.

marigold surrounding two blood orange margaritas with marigold petals rim      

Midnight Margaritas! Tis the Halloween season for witch movies like Practical Magic. Once I saw this cocktail, I couldn’t get that margarita and dancing scene out of my head. These blood orange marigold margaritas scream, girl cocktail fun.

What are blood oranges?

Blood oranges have a similar flavor to navel oranges but with a hint of raspberry. Citrus season is here and I was so excited when I spotted blood oranges – just look at this gorgeous color.

close up cocktail glass of a Blood Orange Marigold Margarita with a slice of blood orange

These blood orange margaritas are made from freshly squeezed blood oranges, limes, tequila, triple sec, and garnished with a combination of coarse salt and crushed marigold petals.

Day of the Dead setting two cocktails on a tray surrounded with marigolds and Blood Orange Marigold Margarita

What kind of tequila is used in these blood orange margaritas?

This margarita tastes great with blanco tequila. For an enhanced potion, infuse tequila with marigold petals and cinnamon sticks for warm, spicy, and sweet notes that is perfect to enjoy as you honor your departed loved ones for Dia de los Muertos. Dia de Los Muertos – Marigold Infused Tequila (recipe by Sweet Life).

Why are Marigolds the official flower of the dead? 

The marigold, and flowers in general, represent the fragility of life. It is believed that departed souls are attracted to the marigold’s vibrant color and strong fragrance.

marigold flowers floating in a bowl represent of water to absorb bad energy

Did you know the name “Marigold” originates from the Virgin Mary and the beautiful golden color known as “Mary’s Gold” by the Aztecs in Mexico? Marigolds were commonly used in religious ceremonies. They also utilized the marigold as a medicinal plant, and considered the brilliant flower to contain magical properties.

Love Margaritas? Here are a few favorite margaritas to celebrate the fall season

st francis of assisi statue and sugar skull with tray with two blood orange margaritas

Blood Orange Marigold Margarita

Tart blood orange juice makes a brilliantly colored cocktail and not to mention very uplifting. For a touch of Dia de los Muertos spirit, spike with marigold infused tequila for an additional layer of flavor.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a martini shaker add the freshly squeezed juice. Include the tequila, triple sec, and ice. Shake and divide equally between two salt and marigold rimmed margarita glasses.
  2. Garnish with a blood orange slice.

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Photography by Jenna Sparks