Orange Rita Margarita Recipe

by Sahirenys Pierce

Margaritas are fun, but it’s even more fun to add some sweet orange to the mix to make an Orange Rita Margarita. With my juicing process involving a lot of orange juice, I find it easy to incorporate my unused juice to make some mama cocktails to enjoy after a long day. If you juice or not, this is a great way to naturally sweeten your margarita with a hint of orange. I do want to share that my version of these margaritas is a bit heavier than most, but the agave and orange make the transition effortless. So please drink responsibly and if you don’t have agave, don’t worry I have a few tips to help you use what you already have.


OJ Juicing Method

Since I try to drink fresh-pressed orange juice every day for medical purposes. I personally always have some fresh orange juice available for healthy living and for fun margarita drinks. My two tips for juicing orange juice are to use a manual citrus juicer that I’ve had for years or my electric fresh press juicer. After making all my family’s healthy juices, I will make sure to juice some oranges and even add some ginger, lime, or lemon to it at times. This definitely gives the juice a healthier kick, but I still sometimes use this mix for my margaritas as well. 


No Agave, No Problem

I personally love agave but haven’t bought it in a while. An alternative to using agave is honey or even making homemade simple syrup. To make the simple syrup you just use equal parts of water and sugar, preferably 1/2 cup of each. Then heat up in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. You only need a little for this recipe, so don’t feel pressure to make a lot.


Ingredients For Orange Rita Margarita

Recipe is based on shots, 1 shot = 1.25 oz for an easy to follow reference.

  • 1 shot of Orange Juice
  • 2 shots of Tequila of your choice (reposado preferred)
  • 1 shot of Orange Liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • ½ shot of Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Agave (optional)
  • Ice

Decor Ingredients

  • Margarita salt or kosher salt for rim
  • ½ lime to wet the cup rim
  • Sliced limes for cup rim 


Recipe For Orange Rita Margarita

  1. You will need 1 orange cut in half, and 1 Lime cut in half.
  2. With a citrus juicer, press and twist the juice out of the orange, the lime, and then put the juices to the side.
  3. Get your cocktail shaker or mixing cup and add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave, and your shots of orange juice.
  4. I personally add some ice to the cocktail shaker to really get the drink going.
  5. For decor, use half lime to rub the rim of your margarita glass.
  6. Then on a small plate put a few shakes of salt on it to dip your lime rubbed glass to get salted.
  7. Lastly, add 5 ice cubes, pour your margarita in, and enjoy responsibly.


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