We all know a margarita is a delicious way to cool down! But have you tried a grapefruit margarita? The zesty, tangy flavor will leave you wanting more!
We know it, we love it, the classic margarita is the quintessential summertime cocktail. It's refreshing, tangy, and an excellent excuse to start drinking citrus fruit cocktails in the afternoon sun.
It's a great way to cool down after all.
That being said, have you ever had a grapefruit margarita? No? Well, check out these twists on the classic margarita cocktail that will literally change your life.
Spicy Grapefruit Margarita
For those with a spicy palette, a grapefruit margarita on the rocks recipe is sure to thrill. The following makes an amazing grapefruit juice cocktail with some fiery kicks.
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon light agave nectar or syrup
- 1 slice of jalapeño (you don't need much, trust me)
- 2 ounces of grapefruit juice–from Rio Red grapefruits if you can get them!
- 1 1/2 ounces of good quality tequila
For the garnish/rim
- 3 parts kosher salt
- 1 part ancho chili powder
- lime or grapefruit wedges
Prepare your glasses by wetting the rim of each glass with a lime or grapefruit wedge and dipping the glass into the chili-salt mixture. Then, using a cocktail shaker, give the other ingredients a good shake. Crush the jalapeño slice a little with a muddler to release some of the heat and flavor.
Garnish with a lime or grapefruit wedge. ¡Salud!
Frozen Grapefruit Margherita
When it's hot enough outside to warrant some frozen cocktails, this one should be your first choice.
Using a blender, combine the following ingredients until you have a smooth, ice-cold puree:
- 3/4 cup grapefruit juice
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 3/4 cup tequila
- 3/4 cup Cointreau
- 3 cups ice cubes
This frozen grapefruit margarita recipe is a favorite in my house.
Moisten the rims of 6 cocktail glasses with a lime or grapefruit wedge and dip them into salt to lightly coat. Serve with a wedge and enjoy!
If you can't get your hands on Rio Red grapefruits for any of these recipes, any fresh grapefruits should do, depending on the flavor profile you want in your grapefruit margarita drinks. Check out this guide to the different types of grapefruits on our site.
Fizzy Grapefruit Margarita
If you're after that 'ahhhh' reaction post-quaff, look no further. This carbonated concoction is perfect for a sunny afternoon in the garden.
For 3 margaritas:
- 9 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4.5 ounces tequila
- 1.5 ounces orange liqueur
- A splash of club soda/carbonated water
For the rims/garnish
- 3 part kosher salt
- 3 part granulated sugar
- Lime/grapefruit wedges
As always, prepare your glasses first. If you don't, it'll be really hard to get that all-important hit of salt on the rim.
Next, add the rest of the ingredients, except the club soda, to a cocktail shaker with the desired amount of ice and shake well. Once thoroughly shaken, pour into 3 glasses and top with club soda for that refreshing, fizzy kick.
For a bigger batch combine all the ingredients, this time barring both the club soda and the ice, in a large pitcher and pop it in the fridge. When you're ready to serve, top with club soda and ice and enjoy.
As close to perfect as a traditional margarita is, there's always room for new and interesting twists. We hope you try these awesome variations on the grapefruit margarita!
Our Rio box is a 15-lb curated box of our fresh-harvested citrus from South Texas. The fruit is NOT gassed, rather it is tree-ripened. Our season runs from Nov-May for oranges, grapefruit and mandarins.
Our Grande box is a 30-lb box of either fresh-harvested Rio Red Grapefruit or Sweet Oranges from South Texas.