Oh 2014, where are you going?  I cannot believe it is May, nor can I believe the 7 year anniversary of Chez Us is literally around the corner.  To kick off the celebration, I whipped up the perfect blood orange margarita, which happens to be the first thing I blogged about.  More about that to come …..


Perfect Blood Orange Margarita | Chez Us


It was hot, hot, hot the other day in Oakland, and we really needed to cool off.   I stumbled upon a few of the last blood oranges in our market, and decided it was a great day to cool off over margaritas.  Since limes are scarce this year, I am all about using other available citrus during margarita season, which I think is officially begins May 1.  Don’t worry if you cannot find blood oranges in your market, regular oranges work too.  At times I can find blood orange concentrate in the juice or frozen juice aisles, so be sure to look there, as well.  What really kicks this margarita up a notch is the addition of ginger, as it gives it a subtle spiciness, where people always wonder what that secret ingredient is.

With the weekend here, as well as Cinco de Mayo around the corner, or to help Chez Us celebrate 7 years, why not whip up a batch or two.  Scroll down for more margarita ideas.



Perfect Blood Orange Margarita | Chez Us


Recipe:  Perfect Blood Orange Margarita

2 cocktails



  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger, I use a microplane
  • 1 cup fresh blood orange juice (you can use regular oranges)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice  – I am using Santa Cruz pure lime juice until limes return to the market
  • 10 tablespoons tequila, we like silver, as well you can add more if you dare
  • 2 tablespoon Cointreau
  • Cracked ice

How To:

  1. Put the blood orange and lime juice into a shaker, add the ginger, tequila and ice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Strain into a glass over ice.
  4. Float Cointreau on the top.
  5. Serve.
  6. Sip don’t glup.



More Margaritas to wet your whistle:

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