For the most part, I don’t drink tequila anymore. Let me amend that statement: I don’t do tequila shots anymore. Tequila shots remind me of those hazy, study abroad days where I wasn’t yet embarrassed to be stumbling around and tripping over myself. (Alright, I still trip over myself – but usually stone cold sober.)
It’s been years since I’ve sipped on tequila – mostly out of appreciation for my liver – but when I found this blood orange infused tequila recipe, I knew it would be absolutely perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
There isn’t a whole lot to this. I’ve always been inspired by my friend Jessica’s infusions (specifically her basil gimlets, mm) and may just be hooked. Next up, infused gin?
Blood Orange Infused Tequila
1 bottle tequila (silver or bianco)
5 blood oranges
3 mason jars (or more as needed)
Slice up blood oranges and fill mason jars to the brim. Cover with tequila, seal and refrigerate for 4 days. Shake at least once a day. After 4 days, remove blood oranges and sift through a small strainer.
To serve, combine tequila with triple sec, lime juice, and more fresh blood orange juice. I’ve seen a few recipes around, but I ended up toying with the ratio until it tasted alright.
The entire bottle of infused tequila made for two large pitchers of blood orange margaritas, plenty for a sizable party. With the triple sec, these cocktails were mighty boozy – I had to pace myself after one or two!
As far as cocktails go, this was definitely my best experience with tequila to date. No terrible aftertaste, no hangover – just a bright, citrusy buzz, just right for summer.