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Italian Margarita

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Italian Margarita

An Italian margarita uses amaretto to give this classic cocktail an Italian makeover! Blood orange juice gives it an eye-catching vibrant color.

What’s an Italian margarita?

An Italian margarita is a variation on a classic margarita  that uses amaretto in place of the orange liqueur (Cointreau).  It uses orange juice, lime juice, and tequila. The flavor has backend notes of almond and citrus, but the front end flavor is like your favorite margarita. Think of it as a sophisticated version of a margarita (kind of like the Cadillac Margarita . Here’s what’s in an Italian margarita:

  • Tequila
  • Orange or blood orange juice
  • Amaretto
  • Lime juice

Use blood orange juice for the brilliant color!

You can use orange juice from a standard navel orange, and this Italian margarita turns out with a warm orange color. But if you’d like it to look bright red like these photographs: use a blood orange! Blood oranges have very sweet juice and a hot pink color.  If you can find them, they’re absolutely worth buying.

Cheater tip: If you like the look but can’t find blood oranges, a tiny drizzle of pomegranite or cranberry juice would work too!


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