Celebrate National Tequila Day with this refreshing Blood Orange Margarita created by IMUSA. Made with freshly squeezed citrus and just the right amount of tequila, this cocktail will become a go-to beverage with the 3-H days of summer.
IMUSA's Blood Orange Margarita
2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 1/2 ounce fresh blood orange juice (you may substitute regular navel oranges if you can't find blood oranges)
1 to 2 teaspoon agave nectar
1 orange round, for garnish
Using the IMUSA citrus juicer squeeze the lime and blood orange juices and set aside. Pour some salt onto a small plate. Using the just squeezed lime half and run the wet edge along the rim of your glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt. Carefully add ice cubes to your glass and set it aside.
Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the tequila, freshly squeezed lime, blood orange juice, and agave nectar. Shake for 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into your glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange or lime.
*Note: A bit of provenance about Tequila: It is made from the blue agave plant and has a deep and storied history. Named after the small town of Tequila in a valley west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, the spirit was known as mezcal wine about the time the conquistadors came to the continent.
Many names we recognize on the labels today were the very first commercial producers of tequila. José Antonio Cuervo held the first license for manufacturing the favored beverage, courtesy of the King of Spain.
Agave grows in a variety of forms. Blue agave, grown in the highlands region of Mexico, is larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste. Agave grown in the lowland regions have a more herbaceous fragrance and flavor. Like similar legislation for bourbon and cognac, Mexican law states tequila is only tequila if it is produced within Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. If the same ingredients are distilled anywhere else, it’s not tequila.
While many have enjoyed tequila cocktails such as the margarita, tequila sunrise, and mojito, good tequila can be enjoyed neat or over the rocks. Tequila is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as savvy drinkers are savoring it as they would a good whiskey.