When it comes to cocktails, we are margarita people. You know it’s the weekend when you walk into our kitchen and see the small mountain of juiced lime halves on the counter. Life is too short to use the neon green stuff from a bottle so we pooled our fun money to buy an electric citrus juicer a couple of years ago. My manicure no longer weeps at the thought of juicing all those limes by hands. And we put a second dwarf lime tree in the backyard.
Yes, we are definitely margarita people.
While we do love a good traditional margarita, the Grapefruit Margarita is actually our favorite. It’s refreshing, tart, and fun. It came about like many other things around here, a product of hoarding, desperation, poor planning It’s hard not to buy too many grapefruit during grapefruit season!
Just a couple of notes on the Grapefruit Margarita:
Tequila – use your favorite. We’re pretty much “margarita tequila” people (the days of drinking it straight are long gone!) so we usually buy Sauza Hornitos Reposado or Hornitos Plata. Our next bottle will be an organic, Texas-made tequila – I hope it lives up to my expectations.
Orange liqueur – while we usually have Grand Marnier in the pantry, we’re really digging a new find: Paula’s Texas Orange. I bought it because it had the word “Texas” on the label. And it’s worked out beautifully.
Grapefruit – There’s no better grapefruit than a sweet, juicy Texas Rio Star grapefruit. And when it’s grapefruit season, you can score an 18lb bag for $5 at my grocery store. When these last 5 grapefruit are gone from the bowl, we’ll have gone through 36 lbs since January. That’s a lot of Grapefruit Margaritas!
Texas Grapefruit Margaritas
Fresh ruby red grapefruit juice and lime juice make the ultimate grapefruit margarita.
- 3 oz tequila
- 2 oz orange liqueur or orange juice
- 2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice (~2 limes)
- 6 oz fresh-squeezed Texas grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit)
- Simple syrup or your favorite sweetener to taste (I use a few drops of liquid stevia)
- Salt, for rim (optional)
- Grapefruit wedges, for serving (optional)
- Mix tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and grapefruit juices well. If you think you need a little more sweetness, add a splash of simple syrup.
- Rub one of the used lime or grapefruit rinds around the rim of two glasses and dip in cocktail salt.
- Fill each glass with ice and pour in the margarita.
Yields: 2 servings
Estimated time: 10 minutes