Most people have heard about Key Lime Pie. Sour Orange Pie? That is one most have not heard of, but a Sour Orange Margarita Beach Cocktail is not only delicious but actually refreshing too.
If you live in Florida like I do, you see all these oranges on the trees in the month of January. This actually happened to me last week as I was driving to the gym to teach my yoga classes.
I thought to myself, oh yeah! I forgot about those but seeing them prompted me to get his Sour Orange Margarita recipe written up for you today.
History Of Sour Oranges
I realize that many may not have heard of sour oranges. I never had until I moved to Florida many years ago.
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Back in the 1600s, Spanish settlers brought sour oranges, also called Seville oranges, to Florida. They are quite hardy and even survived the colder North Florida winters where most of the oranges grown in the state, do not.
Sour Orange Pie
When you think of Key Lime Pie, your first thoughts are probably the Florida Keys, Key Largo or Key West. But before the Key Lime Pie, there was the sour orange pie.
The sour orange pie may be forgotten by many, but it is still a Southern tradition. It is as creamy, tart and oh so delicious as the Key Lime Pie but difficult to find.
Sour Orange Margarita Beach Cocktail Ingredients
Now that you know a bit about the sour oranges, it’s time to make a Sour Orange Cocktail. I prefer a simple, classic margarita. If you prefer a sweeter version, you can add simple syrup to taste.
What you will need are:
2 shots (3 ounces) of Tequila. The higher quality, the better, which is why I prefer Patron but use your favorite.
2 ounces Triple Sec (a shot glass is 1.5 ounces for reference.)
2 shots (3 ounces) fresh squeezed sour orange juice. Remove seeds and strain.
Margarita salt for the rim of the glass on a plate ready to use.
Sour Orange Margarita Beach Cocktail Instructions
Use your finger to dip into the fresh squeezed sour orange juice and wipe along the rim of your glass. Dip the rim into the margarita salt. Set glass aside.
Add a few ice cubes to your shaker cup as well as the rest of the ingredients, excluding the salt. Shake.
NOTE: Before you pour your cocktail into your glass, take a quick taste. I like it like this, but if you prefer a sweeter cocktail, this is when you will add simple syrup to taste.
If you would like additional ice, place a few cubes in your glass, then pour the sour orange cocktail mixture into the glass. A great garnish is a sour orange peel with a cherry for color. Enjoy. Salute!
Below are other delicious beach cocktails to try:
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