It's close to Independence Day here in the States, so I thought I'd name this drink something patriotic. Sorry I couldn't be more creative.
I named it The Patriot because much like the movie of the same name, it has a lot of blood (orange) in it. This is also the cocktail that Mel Gibson was drinking before the got arrested for DUI in 2006. That's true, you can look it up. (Editor's note: That is definitely NOT true.)
Just in case you thought I couldn't possibly tie this American name and tequila-laced drink straight back to Italy; blood oranges are originally from Sicily. They remain one the most treasured Sicilian exports.
The anthocyanin that gives the juice that stunning red color is also a powerful antioxidant. So it's chasing down the free radicals that are created by the alcohol in the drink. It's like a little war happening right in your margarita glass. Enjoy the fireworks!
Fill a shallow, rimmed dish with salt. Fill another dish with simple syrup. Dip the rim of a margarita glass into simple syrup, then salt.
Shake all ingredients with ice, pour into prepared glass and serve.