This grapefruit margarita recipe is a unique twist on the classic cocktail. It makes a refreshing drink for summer days when you’re hanging out with friends and family.
Whether you’re experiencing a very off kind of day or are looking to celebrate, I want to share one of my favorite cocktail recipes that is not only delicious but has also helped during times when I needed a pick-me-up.
This delicious and refreshing cocktail is great not only to wind down frustrations, but to enjoy on a nice warm afternoon while having a good time with friends.
It's perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration as it pairs very well with cheese and spicy food. Also, because once you've had a few of these, you'll be the funniest person trying to break the piñata.
Cheers! Because it is 5 o'clock somewhere.
What is a Margarita?
Margarita is a cocktail made of tequila, orange liquor, and lime juice. For this cocktail recipe, I added some grapefruit juice to give this already awesome cocktail a different dimension and tropical taste.
I used Grand Marnier, as I enjoy the flavor much more than triple sec or Cointreau, but you can use whichever you like. Tequila 1800 also has a great smooth flavor that blends perfectly in this cocktail.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Grapefruit and lime are two very delicious and refreshing ingredients to be added to a margarita, making this cocktail super flavorful. The salt also helps balance out the different flavors in the drink. While the cocktail itself isn’t necessarily the healthiest, it is full of both vitamin c and potassium. At the end of the day, it’s a margarita, which means you’ll definitely have a good time!
- Grapefruit juice - Whether it’s fresh grapefruit juice or store-bought, any kind will do even if it’s pink grapefruit or ruby red grapefruit.
- Lime juice - To add to the delicious citrus taste that characterizes this cocktail.
- Agave - For a bit of sweetness.
- Orange liquor - Any brand of choice is encouraged.
- Tequila - While most margaritas are made with tequila blanco, any kind will do just fine
- Salt - For the rims on the glasses.
- Ice - You know, to make it cold.
- Grapefruit and/or lime wedges - For garnish.
Prepare the glasses. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip it in the salt. Keep glasses in the fridge until ready to serve.
Make the cocktail. Pour the grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave, orange liquor, tequila, and ice into a cocktail shaker and stir the mixture. Shake the ingredients until it becomes cold.
Serve it. Pour the mixture into the glasses. Add some extra ice cubes. Place a grapefruit or a lime wedge (or both!) on the rim of each glass to garnish.
This margarita can be enjoyed with anything from a simple snack like chips and salsa, or you can enjoy it alongside a lunchtime or dinner meal. I like to serve this drink at friends and family gatherings with my strawberry salsa and chips to munch on.
If you want to add a spicy kick to this cocktail, try adding a bit of jalapeño to the mix. You can also make a classic margarita by simply using lime juice instead of adding grapefruit juice as well.
If you would like to make this a frozen margarita, mix the ingredients in a blender with 1-2 cups of ice until the margarita mixture turns slushy.
This grapefruit margarita recipe can last 4-5 days in the refrigerator or freezer before it starts to go bad. It is best stored in an airtight glass or plastic container. A metal container is not recommended as it can react negatively with citrus. Once ready to serve, defrost in the refrigerator or remove from the freezer and scrape the top to enjoy like a slushy.
Can you freeze it?
Yes! They are best kept in an airtight glass or plastic container in the freezer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make a virgin margarita?
Absolutely. You can simply substitute the alcoholic ingredients and use club soda or flavored sparkling water to get a taste of fizz.
What is the best tequila for a margarita?
Margarita can be enjoyed with tequila of your choice, however, I recommend finding a good quality brand. Margarita is enjoyed with either Silver, Blanco, Reposado, or Gold.
How Do You Make a Pitcher of Grapefruit Margaritas
Because a pitcher is considered eight servings, you can multiply each ingredient in this recipe by four.
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- 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons agave
- ¼ cup orange liquor
- ½ cup tequila
- Ice cubes
- salt, for the rim of the glass (optional)
- grapefruit wedges, for garnish
- lime wedges, for garnish
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in the salt. Keep glasses in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Shake the grapefruit juice, lime juice, agave, orange liquor, tequila and ice in a cocktail shaker for about 1-2 minutes, or until cold.
- Pour mixture into cold glasses. Add some extra ice cubes, if desired.
- Place a grapefruit or lime wedge (or both) on the rim of each glass to garnish.
- Serve immediately.
- If you want to add a spicy kick to this cocktail, try adding a bit of jalapeño to the mix.
- You can also make a classic margarita by simply using lime juice instead of adding grapefruit juice as well.