Charred Orange Margarita

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: Four 10-ounce servings
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Simple Syrup:

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar


1 navel orange, sliced in half

4 lemons 

4 limes 

8 ounces reposado tequila 

4 ounces orange liqueur, such as Cointreau 


  1. For the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, add the sugar and 1 1/4 cups water over medium heat. Stir to combine. Let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool (can be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator for 5 days).
  2. For the drink: On a grill pan over high heat, grill the orange flesh-side down until charred and caramelized. Set aside and cool slightly.
  3. Squeeze the lemons and limes into a pitcher. Add 1 1/4 cups of the simple syrup. Mix in the tequila and orange liqueur. Stir with a wooden spoon. Squeeze in the grilled orange and stir to combine.
  4. Fill glasses three-quarters of the way with ice. Pour the margaritas into the glasses and serve.

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