What comes to mind when you think of Florida? Sunshine. . .palm trees. . .Disney World. How about grapefruit juice? I love a glass with breakfast (in addition to coffee, because coffee is like air), but have you ever had a Grapefruit Margarita? It’s a tropical makeover on a classic. They’re really easy to make and homemade tastes way better than the bottled stuff. With or without salt, in about 5 minutes, you too can start sipping and imagine you’re on a beach, the sun warming your face. . .
You can squeeze your own grapefruit juice, but I used Indian River juice today which didn’t disappoint ~ fresh with just the right balance of tang and sweetness and as the Indian River people say “Grown, Picked and Squeezed in Florida.” There’s no substitute for fresh-squeezed lime juice though. That’s a must.
You can easily make a single Grapefruit Margarita ~ but why ? ~ make a batch and they’ll come. If you’re making a pitcher for a crowd, blend the ingredients ahead of time and refrigerate. When guests arrive, just salt the rim of the glasses, add ice and serve with chips and salsa for easy entertaining. I like a more tangy margarita, but some prefer them sweeter. Serve extra simple syrup on the side so guests can enjoy as they like.
I used to only drink frozen margaritas, blended like a 7-11 slurpee but these days the frozen ones give me ‘brain freeze’. Do you remember that term from childhood and how you’d pinch the fleshy area between your thumb and forefinger and miraculously the pain in your head would go away? The trick actually works!
A Grapefruit Margarita is the perfect beverage to serve with Mexican dishes, like Chicken Enchilada Casserole or for an easy appetizer, Taco Cupcakes. Celebrate National Margarita Day today or any day you feel like a fresh citrus beverage.
A couple of notes: first use only white or blanco tequila. Some swear by tequila from 100% agave nectar which is what I used here. Also, Triple Sec is an affordable orange liquor but if you’d like, you can use Cointreau instead.
Why salt the rim of the glass?
I like a little salt on the rim, but not heavily coated. It’s said that salt opens up our taste buds and palate, increasing the overall experience of the beverage.
MARGARITAS FOR TWO:
- ¾ cup of grapefruit juice
- ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces of Triple Sec
- 3 ounces of silver or blanco Tequila
- 3 tablespoons of simple syrup or to taste (recipe below)
- Sliced grapefruit for garnish (optional)
MARGARITAS FOR 8 PEOPLE:
- 3 cups of grapefruit juice
- 1 cup of fresh lime juice
- 1 cup of Triple Sec
- 1 ½ cups of silver or blanco Tequila
- ½ – ¾ cup of simple syrup or to taste (recipe below)
- Sliced grapefruit for garnish (optional).
For either, you’ll need ice cubes, 1 fresh lime wedge per glass and coarse/margarita salt to rim the glass
Simple syrup is to sweeten the margaritas. It’s made with equal parts water and sugar. For a batch of Grapefruit Margaritas, add one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer 2-3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves then remove from the heat and cool.
Blend the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, triple sec and simple syrup in whatever size pitcher to suit your crowd. Line a plate with coarse salt then run a lime wedge over the rim of each glass and press the glass into the salt. Add ice to the glass, pour the Grapefruit Margarita in and serve with an extra lime wedge and (optional) a slice of grapefruit.
Looking for the perfect appetizer with a margarita? Try this easy, homemade Guacamole.
Happy National Margarita Day. Enjoy this refreshing cocktail!