The first margarita I ever had was full of citrus. Not just lemon or lime – lots of orange too, and I loved it so much! Ever since then, I’ve always incorporated a sweet burst of citrus, like these beautiful tangelos, in my margarita recipes and they’ve always been a huge hit. Everyone always asks for my recipe!
Citrus season is such a welcoming time when it’s cold and snowy out. It tastes like heaven and when it’s at its peak, I almost welcome a tangelo for dessert over a piece of chocolate. Now that’s saying something.
Harry & David HoneyBells could not be more perfect for a margarita. The fresh juice is the best complement to tequila and lime. They are bright and fresh – exactly what the winter blues call for. While HoneyBells are great in this cocktail, since they’re only around for a short time each year, you may substitute them with Cara Caras or Navel Oranges as alternatives.
I like to add a touch of orange liqueur and simple syrup to make this drink irresistible. A salted rim for palate contrast is delightful. This Orange Margarita makes one drink, but it’s easily multiplied for a crowd. You could also add it to a blender with a bit of ice for a frosty margarita slush. While you have the blender out, you can also try making HoneyBell Smoothies for the kiddos!
Orange Margarita Recipe
Makes one drink, but is easily multiplied!
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HoneyBell Orange Margarita
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed HoneyBell orange juice
- 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
- Orange and lime slices, for garnish
- Coarse salt for the rim
Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in coarse salt. Fill the glass with ice.
In a cocktail shaker, combine orange juice, tequila, orange liqueur, lime and simple syrup with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds.
Pour over ice and squeeze in lime and add HoneyBell slices.
For simple syrup
combine equal parts sugar and water, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely.