Do you know what’s even more fun than a traditional margarita with lime juice? Mixing up a bright-colored margarita with blood orange. This blood orange-rosemary version can be your house specialty; especially if love blood orange and a hint of rosemary.

Who doesn’t love a margarita? Just about every Mexican restaurant has a house specialty margarita. Heck, even non-Mexican restaurants have some sort of special margarita on the menu.

So refreshing, so unique and so smooth.

A simple way to heighten the cocktail to another one of your senses is to fire up a lighter or small butane torch (very carefully of course) and quickly light the rosemary garnish on fire. Just let it burn for a few seconds. Just a little flame to it will ignite the aromatics and add a whole new sense to it through your nose.

Scale it up for a party

This margarita is great scaled up, pre-mixed and poured out of a pitcher at a party. Put a few sprigs of rosemary and orange slices into the pitcher for garnish and let guests serve themselves.

If you love the smoke from the rosemary, definitely check out this Hot & Smoky Mezcal Margarita.

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Blood Orange-Rosemary Margarita

Mix up a slightly tart, sweet and perfectly balanced margarita with hints of rosemary and a beautiful presentation that just might be your new house specialty margarita.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz blood orange-rosemary syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 3/4 oz Grand Marnier or orange liqueur
  • agave syrup (if needed for extra sweetness)
  • orange slice and rosemary sprig for garnish
  • coarse salt and sugar to rim the glass

For the blood orange-rosemary syrup


To make the blood orange-rosemary syrup

  • Combine the blood orange concentrate and water in a small saucepan (2 to 1 ratio). Add 1/2 cup sugar, a small pinch of salt, the rosemary sprigs and bring to 180 degrees on the stove (no higher). Chill completely before using in the margarita.

To make the blood orange-rosemary margarita

  • Combine blood orange-rosemary syrup, lime juice, tequila and Grand Marnier with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled and strain into a salt+sugar rimmed ice-filled glass.
  • Garnish with a rosemary spring and an orange wheel. Cheers!


  • Recipe blood orange syrup recipe makes 1/2 cup. – The syrup can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for 6 months.
  • If it is blood orange season; you can make a syrup with freshly squeezed blood orange juice. Keep in mind that the ratio of juice to sugar will be different because it isn’t a concentrate.
  • If the margarita is too tart for your taste; you can add a little agave syrup to the mix.

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  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe! We are margarita purists having (stolen) used the recipe from Puerto Alegre in SF for some time… this is a nice modification for a little change-it-up. Charring rosemary is genius. Thanks for another great recipe!!