Spicy Orange and Carrot Margarita Recipe for Spooky Season
Now that October is upon us, all I can think about is Halloween and hosting a fun get together with festive cocktails. However, when looking into “Halloween themed” recipes, a lot of them are not appetizing to say the least. As a result, I made it my mission to find the best spooky season cocktail that not only tastes delicious, but also looks aesthetically pleasing. That is how my orange and carrot margarita recipe came to be. Check out how to make this bright, orange, and fragrant cocktail for your upcoming fall parties.
Grab four glasses and chill them in the fridge.
Squeeze about two limes to get 2 oz of lime juice. Don’t discard your limes quite yet.
Pour the carrot, lime, and orange juices into a cocktail shaker along with ice, triple sec, and tequila.
Add 2-4 slices of jalapeño to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for about two minutes. Save the rest of your jalapeño for garnish.
Pour some salt or spicy salt onto a plate. Take your glass and wipe the rim with a bit of the leftover lime and jalapeño. Then, dip your glass into the salt so it sticks on the rim like a traditional margarita (optional).
Add some ice to your glasses and strain the cocktail in each glass evenly.
Slice four thin pieces of blood orange to garnish the glass (optional).
This spicy orange and carrot margarita recipe is an incredible twist on the traditional margarita that has extra vibrance in its orange color and flavor. It is the perfect fall transition cocktail that gets us excited for Halloween and the fall changes coming even though it’s not totally cool and crisp outside yet.
Behind the Ingredients
This cocktail is very easy to throw together as long as you have a couple of key ingredients: carrot juice, lime juice, oranges, and tequila. The rest can be added, changed, or adjusted based on your tastes or cocktail preferences. For example, I love salt on the rim of my margaritas, but not everyone does. You can easily leave this out if it is not your thing.
I actually prefer spicy salt, but I couldn’t find what I needed at the grocery store. As a result, I improvised using a jalapeño in both the shaker and rim to add a bit of heat that would be otherwise missing. If you can get your hands on spicy salt or Tajin, that would be an easy add on to this best spooky season cocktail. Once again, if you do not like spice, you can omit this step.
While carrots or carrot juice might seem like a strange addition to a traditional margarita, it actually works quite well to enhance the sweetness and vibrance of the margarita. Traditional margaritas have lots of lime juice, which we kept in this recipe. The lime helps create a sour and tart flavor, so when you mix that with sweeter juices like carrot and orange, it cuts the acidity and sour taste.
In the end, you’re left with the warmth of tequila paired with a perfectly balanced juice base. With a little garnish and spiciness, you’re cocktail will look and taste professionally made.
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Hosting Tips for Fall Parties
Since the Fall brings fun holidays and gatherings, it’s important to have a few cocktail recipes on hand that you can whip up to impress your guests. My orange and carrot margarita is a staple fall cocktail for me because it has a vibrant orange color that will remind you of the leavings changing color and all the pumpkins that start to grow around us.
Even though it’s not a Halloween-only cocktail, this can definitely be one of the best spooky season cocktails to serve this fall. It’s far more appetizing than most Halloween cocktail recipes that feature blood, eyeballs, or candy. These can be fun, but don’t always make me want to go back for seconds. Instead, this orange and carrot margarita can still be on theme, but add a level of classiness to your next party that everyone will love.
Give our unbelievably orange carrot margarita a try this fall and see why these flavors pair so well together.