Grapefruit Margarita

Appetizers & Beverages | February 22, 2017 | By

Grapefruit Margarita ~ a tropical twist on a classic cocktail. 

A few words come to mind when I think of Florida – sunshine, palm trees (two words), Disney and grapefruit. For some reason, I rarely buy grapefruit juice at home, but it tops my grocery list when we hit the southern states.  

This Grapefruit Margarita is a tropical makeover of a classic, really refreshing and easy to make. Plus fresh also trumps processed; in this case, the bottled mixes you see in stores.  With or without salt (with recommended), in about 5 minutes you can be sipping this tropical vacation in a glass anytime of the year.

Grapefruit Margarita ~ the perfect balance of sweet and tangy ~ a classic beverage with a tropical twist. Enjoy with chips and salsa for easy entertaining.

You can squeeze your own grapefruit juice, but I’ve found Indian River brand to be a good choice as well as a timesaver. There’s no substitute for fresh-squeezed lime juice though. That’s a must.

Grapefruit Margarita ~ the perfect balance of sweet and tangy ~ a classic beverage with a tropical twist. Enjoy with chips and salsa for easy entertaining.

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 weeter. Serve extra simple syrup on the side so guests can enjoy as they like.

Grapefruit Margarita ~ the perfect balance of sweet and tangy ~ a classic beverage with a tropical twist. Enjoy with chips and salsa for easy entertaining.

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 getting it when you were a kid and how you’d pinch the fleshy area between your thumb and forefinger and miraculously the pain in your head would go away? 

Grapefruit Margarita ~ the perfect balance of sweet and tangy ~ a classic beverage with a tropical twist. Enjoy with chips and salsa for easy entertaining.

Grapefruit Margarita is the ideal 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 opens up our taste buds and increases the overall experience of the beverage.

Grapefruit Margarita ~ the perfect balance of sweet and tangy ~ a classic beverage with a tropical twist. Enjoy with chips and salsa for easy entertaining.

Grapefruit Margarita Ingredients:

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:

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.

Instructions:

Blend the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, triple sec and simple syrup in whatever size pitcher suits 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.

This tasty margarita needs a good sidekick like classic homemade Guacamole and because man or woman can’t live on just one kind of margarita, here are 10 other tasty, Instagram worthy recipes.

Enjoy!

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Grapefruit Margarita ~ the perfect balance of sweet and tangy ~ a classic beverage with a tropical twist. Enjoy with chips and salsa for easy entertaining.

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Grapefruit Margarita ~ the perfect balance of sweet and tangy ~ a classic beverage with a tropical twist. Enjoy with chips and salsa for easy entertaining.
Grapefruit Margarita
Total Time
10 mins
 

A tropical twist on a classic cocktail.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 2
Ingredients
Margaritas 2:
  • ¾ cup grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces Triple Sec
  • 3 ounces Tequila silver or blanco
  • 3 tablespoons simple syrup or to taste
  • 1 lime
  • Sliced grapefruit for garnish optional
Margaritas for 8:
  • 3 cups grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 1 ½ cups Tequila silver or blanco
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cup simple syrup or to taste
  • 1 lime sliced
  • Sliced grapefruit for garnish optional
Instructions
Simple Syrup:
  1. For a batch of Grapefruit Margaritas, add one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil then simmer 2-3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves then remove from the heat and cool.
Margaritas:
  1. Blend the grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, triple sec and simple syrup in whatever size pitcher suits your crowd.

  2. Line a plate with coarse salt then run a lime wedge over the rim of each glass and press the glass into the salt.
  3. Add ice to the glass, pour the Grapefruit Margarita into the glass and serve with an extra lime wedge and (optional) a slice of grapefruit.