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Blood Orange Kiwi Margarita, a homemade margarita recipe with fresh lime, blood oranges, and kiwi for a tropical take on cocktail hour.

two salted margaritas on a white table with plants and candles

This margarita recipe was first posted in March 2017 and updated for you with new photos in January 2019.

This time of winter is when we start pining for warm-weather foods. January comes around and we’re tired of squash, we’re missing summer fruit, and we’ve had it everything pumpkin spice.

Thankfully blood oranges are a bright spot in winter harvests. Seeing these tart little citrus fruits in stores in January and February is a highlight in my year, I look forward blood orange season after the holidays have died down and we’re in the thick of winter.

You too may be a blood orange aficionado, but have you ever experimented with blood orange margaritas? The tart and sweet blood oranges are the perfect addition to a traditional margaritas and the addition of tropical kiwi is a fun way to celebrate the coming of winter tropical fruits. What better way to celebrate than with a cocktail?

Are you ready to learn how to make this simple, 10-minute winter citrus margarita? Let’s do it!

blood oranges, lime, and a small glass pitcher with lime juice on a white table

How to make Blood Orange Kiwi Margaritas

This is the perfect citrus margarita recipe to take advantage of the winter months’ blood orange and tropical kiwi harvest, and it also happens to be super easy to make.

a round grey bowl with margarita salt made from kosher salt, lime zest, and orange zest on a blue table

First, combine tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and a splash of orange juice in a cocktail mixer. Shake well and pour over a glass with ice cubes a salted rim (I like to add a bit of blood orange and lime zest to my salt to kick up the flavor). Top with pomegranate a slice of blood orange, a wedge of kiwi, and a sprig of mint, and enjoy.

Add a twist: for a bit sweeter margarita, add a splash of agave syrup or simple syrup. I use a splash of orange juice in my margaritas instead of sweetener because it smooths out the tart taste from lime juice, but if you like a sweeter drink then add a bit of simple syrup or agave.

lime juice pouring into a metal cocktail shaker with a bottle of tequila in the background and oranges on a white table

Blood Orange Kiwi Margaritas: Tips, tricks, and tools

This winter citrus margarita is a great recipe to bring to holiday parties because it’s so simple to make, but there are a few kitchen tools, ingredients, and easy recipe variations I recommend:

  • A cocktail set: it’s possible to make this margarita recipe without a cocktail shaker, strainer, and spoon, but having a full mixology set make serving much easier (plus it looks fancier)
  • A glass pitcher and cocktail glasses: having a party? Serving up margaritas one-by-one is time consuming. Instead, make a big batch and serving inside a glass pitcher to let guests serve themselves with highball cocktail glasses
  • Prep ahead of time: mix the margaritas up to three days ahead of your party to save time. Just add ice when ready to serve.
  • Get creative with garnishes: blood orange and kiwi are a must, but get creative by adding fresh herbs like mint

And that’s it! A simple winter-twist on traditional margaritas, your guests will love it.

two highball glasses with margaritas, blood oranges, and kiwi and a salted rim


I hope you enjoy this easy winter margarita recipe as much as we do! For more winter cocktails check out our Spiced German Gluwhein and Perfect Pomegranate Margarita recipes, both great choices for your next cocktail party.

Did you make this Blood Orange Kiwi Margarita recipe? Leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out. Save this recipe for later by pinning to your favorite winter Pinterest board and make sure to tag me on Fork in the Road’s Instagram to show me your cocktail creations!


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Blood Orange Kiwi Margaritas

two salted margaritas on a white table with plants and candles

Blood Orange Kiwi Margarita, a homemade margarita recipe with fresh lime, blood oranges, and kiwi for a tropical take on cocktail hour.

  • Author: Kristina Todini
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 margaritas
  • Category: Drinks + Cocktails
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Ingredients

FOR TWO COCKTAILS

  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup (optional if you like sweet margaritas)
  • 1 cup ice
  • For salted rim: 1 teaspoon salt, orange zest, lime zest
  • Garnish: sliced blood oranges, sliced kiwi, lime wedges

FOR 10 COCKTAILS (PITCHER)

  • 15 ounces tequila
  • 10 ounces triple sec
  • 10 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 5 ounces orange juice
  • 1.5 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 5 cups of ice
  • For salted rim: 5 teaspoon salt, orange zest, lime zest
  • Garnish: sliced blood oranges, sliced kiwi, lime wedges

Instructions

FOR INDIVIDUAL COCKTAILS

  • For Blood Orange Kiwi Margaritas: combine triple sec, lime juice, orange juice, tequila, and agave in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup ice. Shake well to combine.
  • To salt rim: combine salt, orange zest, and lemon zest on a small plate. Wet rims of glasses with lime wedge and then place glass rim down into zesty salt mixture.
  • To serve: fill rimmed cocktail glasses with remaining ice and pour margarita from cocktail shaker into glass. Top with blood orange slice and kiwi wedge and enjoy!

FOR 10 COCKTAILS (PITCHER)

  • For pitcher of Blood Orange Kiwi Margaritas: combine triple sec, lime juice, orange juice, tequila, and agave in a large pitcher. Stir well to combine with a wooden spoon, then fill pitcher with ice.
  • To salt rim: combine salt, orange zest, and lemon zest on a small plate. Wet rims of glasses with lime wedge and then place glass rim down into zesty salt mixture.
  • To serve: fill cocktail glasses with remaining ice and pour margarita from pitcher into glass. Top with blood orange slice and kiwi wedge and enjoy!

FOR FROZEN POMEGRANATE MARGARITAS

  • For 2 servings: combine all ingredients into a blender with 2 cups of ice and blend, adding in more orange or lime juice until desired consistency is reached

Notes

  • Tools needed: cocktail set, cocktail classes
  • Notes: add more or less agave nectar to taste
  • Leftovers and storage: if you make more than one cocktail and plan to have leftovers, don’t add ice to pitcher and store in the refrigerator for up to four days
  • Nutrition: Nutrition information is calculated for margarita without agave syrup and salted sugar rim. A margarita is a treat, it is not supposed to be a health food (so my professional recommendation is not to concern yourself with the nutrition in a margarita). However, this homemade margarita is low in added sugar compared to many pre-made mixes.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 margaritas (4.5 ounces)
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 6mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 29g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: blood orange margaritas, winter citrus margarita, winter cocktail

two margaritas on a blue table with sliced blood oranges and a candle with a green plant in the background

1 comment
  1. wow, this was really good! i had a bunch of blood oranges leftover and i wasn’t sure what to do with them so i made these margaritas. i added a bit more agave because i like sweet drinks, but otherwise the rest was as the recipes says. i’ll definitely make them again.

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