This is the time of the year when my garden gets really confused. Living in Southern California we can have weather shifts by 30 degrees from day to day. I know many people who aren’t from here, think it’s always warm, and it is for the most part, but still, some days it’s hard to tell if we’re in summer mode, or actually breaking out a sweater. It’s not that I’m complaining about the weather, in fact, for those of you that know me, I can’t handle it below 60 degrees, but it’s my fruit trees and vegetables that I have to be concern with, nothing major, just the typical stuff…watering and sunlight etc.
Being able to grown your own fruit is a privilege and I’m lucky enough to have some space to do it. My citrus trees are quite happy right now, and the fruit is as tasty as can be. Tangerines, lemons, limes, Blood and Cara Cara oranges are bursting with color and ready for the taking. My refrigerator drawers are well lined in citrus this time of the year. It’s like a rainbow of fruit in my house. Creating fun recipes with citrus is in my near future and this margarita is just the beginning.
If you don’t grow your own fruit, just head to the local farmer’s market or grocery store. I’m sure they are in the same situation as me, and have tons of citrus. Blood oranges are a precarious fruit. Some years they have intense striated deep red and orange colors, while on other years, they look more like a grapefruit on the inside. It doesn’t matter to me what color they are because the taste is killer no matter the color. Blood oranges are fruity and tangy, yet sweet, but not in a punchy way. They make the best cocktails or mocktails on planet earth, and I highly recommend grabbing a few and mixing up a batch of these drinks this weekend.
6 large or 10 small Blood oranges
8 ounces good tequila
4 ounces triple sec
1/3 cup granulated sugar for the rim
(Makes 4 Margaritas)
- Zest 1 orange and set aside.
- Juice all, but 1 blood orange and pour juice into a pitcher. Add tequila, triple sec, and juice of limes, stir.
- Fill glasses with a large ice cube or smaller cubes. Mix zest with sugar. Slice remaining blood orange crosswise. Wet rim of glass with orange slice. Dip each glass rim into sugar mixture.
- Pour margaritas into glasses. Serve with slice of orange. Enjoy!