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Salty and Sweet: Jarrod’s Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Jarrod aka @diycocktailguy has crafted a salty yet sweet margarita recipe just in time for Lunar New Year celebrations.

Blood Orange Margarita

Kick-Off Celebrations with a Lunar New Year Inspired Blood Orange Cocktail

Whether you’re getting amongst Lunar New Year celebrations with loved ones or you’re still feeling the love from Valentine’s Day, the distinctive orange-red hues of Jarrod’s Blood Orange Margarita will make your nearest and dearest stop, sip and take notice.


In Chinese culture, the colour red symbolises good fortune, success and vitality. It’s deeply connected to the element of fire which in turn evokes feelings of passion and renewal. “While orange in the Lunar New Year also represents happiness and luck, which is the exact vibes that we’re going for here,” Jarrod adds. In fact, in Chinese tradition, oranges are usually given as gifts during the Lunar New Year and on other auspicious occasions, such as weddings.


With this latest recipe from Jarrod aka @diycocktailguy, you can give a nod to goodluck, prosperity and happiness while packing a punch with zesty citrus and a lip-tingling salt rim. For a crowd-winning margarita recipe this Lunar New Year, keep scrolling. 

Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Cocktail Ingredients: 

(Serves 2)


60mL or 2oz of El Sueño Tequila Silver 

30mL or 1oz of Mayfair Blood Orange and Yuzu Gin 

60mL or 2oz of blood orange juice

60mL or 2oz of lime juice

30mL or 1oz of pineapple juice

Dehydrated blood orange and Himalayan salt to garnish

How to prepare your Blood Orange Margaritas



  1. Grab your bronze winning El Sueño Tequila Silver and add 60mL to your cocktail shaker along with 60mL of fresh lime juice..
  2. Add 30mL of the Mayfair Blood Orange and Yuzu Gin. This is another favourite that took out first place at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 
  3. Next, pour 60mL of blood orange juice alongside 30mL of pineapple juice to your shaker. The pineapple juice helps to create a layer of froth, so Jarrod highly recommends that you don’t forget to add this part in. 
  4. Shake thoroughly. 
  5. Then, dip the rim of your cocktail glasses in salt, pour in the margarita and finish with a dehydrated blood orange.

3 secrets for making the perfect margarita

  1. It’ll come as no surprise that a high quality tequila is the key ingredient to every margarita. But high quality doesn’t mean you have to break the bank either. The award-winning El Sueño Tequila Silver gives you the pure crispness that you need from a blanco tequila, while staying firmly within the great value for money lane. 
  2. Margaritas are a versatile cocktail. Depending on the season or the occasion, you can switch up your margarita to suit. Blood orange celebrates the Lunar New Year perfectly, and nothing’s standing in your way of spicing up your girl’s nights with chilli watermelon margs or making a Tommy’s margarita the staple of your Friday night after work drinks. 
  3. Once you’ve got the tequila and recipes sorted, it’s time to turn your attention to prepping your glasses. You can’t have a margarita without a salt rim, and you can’t have a delicious margarita without good quality salt. That’s why the Blood Orange Margarita calls for the subtle sweetness of Himalayan salt and why you’ll want to steer clear of table salt.

Easy, fool-proff garnishes for margaritas

When you’re shaking up a margarita storm for a room full of people, garnishes can easily fall by the wayside — but they don’t have to. Alongside a lip-smacking salt rim, dehydrated citrus toppers are easy garnishes that deliver the perfect finishing touch. 


From Strangelove, add the Blood Orange Tipple Toppers to your cart for your Lunar New Year inspired drinks, and keep your home bar stocked with some Salted Lime for your next bloody mary or dark and stormy, and Chilli Lime Pineapple for a tropical rum punch or piña colada. 


Mix, shake, garnish and voilà! Enjoy Lunar New Year celebrations surrounded by loved ones and a delicious Blood Orange Margarita.

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