A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home

A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home

The classic mix of tequila, lime juice, and triple sec is always a hit for margaritas. But if you want to elevate your margarita game and add a sophisticated twist, look no further than the Bitter Orange Margarita. This cocktail uses bitter orange to add a unique, zesty flavor that is perfect for any occasion.

Bitter orange, also known as Seville orange, has a tart and slightly bitter taste that sets it apart from sweet oranges. It’s often used in marmalades and liqueurs like Cointreau and Grand Marnier. The bold flavor of bitter orange can take a regular margarita to the next level.

A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home
A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home

The Bitter Orange Margarita offers a nice balance of flavors. The bitterness of the orange contrasts with the sweetness, making it a refreshing and exciting drink. It’s a great choice if you want to try something different and impress your friends.

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Food Pairings

This margarita pairs well with spicy foods like tacos or a fresh mango salsa. The bitterness of the drink enhances the flavors of these dishes, making your meal even more enjoyable.

Bitter Orange Margarita Ingredients

Bitter Orange Margarita Ingredients
Bitter Orange Margarita Ingredients
  1. Tequila
  2. Cointreau
  3. Bitter Orange Liqueur
  4. Simple Syrup
  5. Lime Juice
  6. Lemon Juice
  7. Agave, Salt and Sugar for rimming the glasses
  8. Dehydrated Orange Slice for Garnish

Tips

I’m using Patron Silver for my margaritas because I had no Reposado Tequila at home.

Michelle from the Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend, Tennessee, uses a Bitter Orange Liqueur from Tennessee. I had a bottle of Amaro Nonino that I used for another cocktail recipe, which is a type of Bitter Orange Liqueur.

As Michelle states in the YouTube video, this drink tastes best rimmed in both sugar and salt.

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A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home
A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home

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Here’s a simple recipe from Michelle at the Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN, to help you make a Bitter Orange Margarita at home.

Michele Bartender, Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN
Michelle Dancing Bear Lodge, Townsend, TN Making a Pecan Pie Martini YouTube

How to Make a Bitter Orange Margarita

Prepare the glass. Michelle rims her glass with salt and sugar. On separate small plates, place 2 tablespoons of Agave Nectar, 1 tablespoon of margarita salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Dip the glass in the agave nectar first, then into the sugar and then salt. 

Dip your Margarita glass into the Agave Nectar
Dip your Margarita glass into the Agave Nectar
Then into the sugar and salt to rim your glass
Then into the sugar and salt to rim your glass

In a cocktail shaker half full of ice, combine the Tequila, Bitter Orange Liqueur, Cointreau, Simple Syrup, lime and lemon juices.

Shake well for 15-20 seconds until the mixture is cold.

Pour the contents of the shaker into your rimmed glass.

Garnish with a dehydrated orange slice.

A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home
A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home

Whether it’s a sunny summer day or a cozy winter night, the Bitter Orange Margarita is a great choice. Its unique taste makes it a fun and versatile cocktail you can enjoy year-round. Next time you’re in the mood for a margarita with a twist, try a Bitter Orange Margarita. Cheers!

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A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home

A Zesty Twist: The Best Bitter Orange Margarita You Can Make at Home

The classic tequila, lime juice, and triple sec mix is always a margarita hit. But if you want to elevate your margarita game and add a sophisticated twist, look no further than the Bitter Orange Margarita. This cocktail uses bitter orange to add a unique, zesty flavor that is perfect for any occasion.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail, Cookout, Drinks, Happy Hour
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 Drink

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 Ounces Tequila Reposado
  • 1 Ounce Cointreau
  • .75 Ounce Orange Amaro
  • .5 Ounce Lime Juice
  • .5 Ounce Lemon Juice
  • .5 Ounce Simple Syrup
  • .25 Slice Lime

To Rim the Glass

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Agave Nectar
  • Dehydrated or Candied Orange

Instructions
 

To Rim the Glass

  • On separate small plates, place 2 tablespoons of Agave Nectar, 1 tablespoon of margarita salt, and 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Dip the glass in the agave nectar first, then into the sugar and salt.

Make the Bitter Orange Margarita

  • Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice.
  • Add the Tequila, Cointreau, Amaro, lime juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and a squeeze of fresh lime to the shaker.
  • Shake for 10 seconds.
  • Pour the contents of the shaker into the rimmed glass.
  • Garnish with a slice of dehydrated or candied orange.
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