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!
Makes one drink, but is easily multiplied!
HoneyBell Orange Margarita
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed HoneyBell orange juice
- 1 ½ ounces silver tequila
- 1 ounce orange liqueur
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ½ 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.