Celebrate the glorious citrus season with this sunny Orange Margarita. This tangy cocktail is super easy to make with just a few ingredients!

orange margarita in a glass with fresh orange and lime wedges

Orange Margarita Recipe

If I had to pick a single cocktail as my all-around favorite, it would have to be the margarita. I like the sweet/tart mixture that contrasts with the course rim of salt on the glass. And there’s just something about tequila. I’m not one to drink this spirit straight, but I find it irresistible in a mixed drink. 

Most often, I’m drawn to a simple, traditional margarita. On the rocks, please.

But if I see a cocktail menu with a smoky margarita or a spicy margarita, I am so getting that!! My Jalapeno Mezcal Margarita hits all those notes. You’ll never see Blake order a margarita, but this is one he likes quite alot. I’d say it’s a much more manly type of margarita, if you know what I mean. 

And, of course, there are fruity margaritas.

When I have especially wonderful berries on hand, from our own raspberry patch or from picking strawberries at a local patch, I like to muddle them into my margaritas. I also like to create flavored simple syrups with fresh berries, similar to how I make my Rhubarb Margarita

How to Make an Orange Margarita

For this margarita, I simply squeeze fresh Cara Cara orange juice and lime juice for a bright and sunny, just slightly puckery, cocktail. It’s the perfect margarita to celebrate the glory of citrus that’s at our fingertips this time of year!

Cara Cara oranges sliced in half

What is a Cara Cara Orange?

Are you familiar with Cara Cara oranges?

I get so excited this time of year, when I see them arrive!

The Cara Cara is a medium-sized, seedless naval orange with pinkish-red flesh and a softly bright flavor.

While I still really like regular naval oranges and blood oranges, the Cara Cara has completely stolen my heart. I grab a big bag of them each week at the store when they’re in season!

Orange Margarita in a Short Glass

Winter’s citrus season truly deserves a sunny orange margarita or two. Especially when they’re so easy to make!

All you need is freshly squeezed orange juice, a bit of fresh lime juice, tequila, Cointreau – and a touch of simple syrup if you’re wanting a little sweetness. I prefer to drink margaritas from a salt-rimmed glass, but that’s entirely up to you.

Three glasses of orange margaritas and sliced oranges

If you can’t find Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges would be a great substitute in this drink recipe. Naval oranges are beautiful, too!

Close-up of an orange margarita in a salt-rimmed glass

When we have friends and family over for carnitas or margarita grilled shrimp, I like to stir together the margarita ingredients a few hours beforehand and let it chill altogether in the fridge. I prep the salt-rimmed glasses, set them aside. So when guests arrive, all I have to do is fill glasses with ice and divide out the pre-made margarita mixture. 

Here’s to this beautiful season of citrus. Enjoy!

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An orange margarita with fresh orange and lime wedges

Orange Margarita

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Celebrate the glorious citrus season with this sunny Orange Margarita. This tangy cocktail is super easy to make with just a few ingredients!


  • 3 oz. fresh-squeezed Cara Cara orange juice, or your favorite orange variety
  • 2 oz. silver or blanco 100% agave tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 oz. simple syrup, depending on how sweet you want it


  1. Stir together all ingredients. Pour into a salted-rimmed glass full of chopped ice. Garnish with fresh orange and lime wedges.


If you can't find Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges or bright and tangy naval oranges are also great.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 0gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g

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An orange margarita with fresh orange and lime wedges