Cara Cara Margarita is made with seasonal sweet and juicy, cara cara oranges and simple fresh ingredients!
Last year I tasted these oranges for the first time. I saw them at a produce stand, and I probably would have passed by them if they didn’t have a couple sliced open so you could see the gorgeous ruby orange color they have!
I wasn’t sure if they would taste tart like a grapefruit, and boy was I pleasantly surprise by how sweet they are! Even the soft spongy pith is palatable.
I have since learned that most of the fruit trees come from California, and the season is short lived, so if you see them available, pick some up!
The oranges are a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel. They’re seedless with lower acidity than regular oranges. Sounds exotic and fancy, and in some areas they may only be available in gourmet grocery stores, but I was lucky to get them at a produce stand 69 cents a pound!
You need about 2 ounces of the freshly squeezed juice for each drink, which is about 1 large orange.
Shake up some margaritas for Cinco de Mayo festivities or perhaps a retirement celebration is more appropriate. 🙂
- 2 ounces Cara Cara orange juice
- 1 1/2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce orange liquor or triple sec
- lime juice (1/2 lime squeezed on each drink)
- Cara Cara orange wedge and basil for garnish
If you are used to a very sweet drink, you may want to add 1/2 ounce of sweetener like simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water).
If cara caras are unavailable, you could use blood oranges instead.