Grapefruit Margaritas

Grapefruit Margaritas

Grapefruit Margaritas – just in time for Cinco de Mayo!

Henry says, “Hola!”

Henry also says he is glad I didn’t see the photo going around Facebook of the kitten wearing a tiny sombrero before I started drinking these.

Let’s get right to it. Margarita meets Pink Grapefruit and good things happen.

Here’s what you need:

Grapefruit Margarita Ingredients

Pink Grapefruit, Limes (you will need more than 2), Tequila, Triple Sec, Salt, and Sugar (optional & not pictured). You also need ice.

Click here for a Grapefruit Margarita Shopping List

Full disclaimer…usually I would have better tequila for margaritas. This was in the cabinet from making Tequila Lime Chicken and is considered the “cooking tequila” around here. For drinks, I think the flavor is better (and the margaritas a little less heartburn-y) if you have a higher quality tequila. Choose your favorite – Hornitos is always good or you can indulge your inner 80’s hair band past and grab a bottle of Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo.

Squeeze 2 cups of juice from 2-3 fresh pink grapefruit. Slice a few wedges off for a garnish before you start juicing.


I have the world’s juiciest limes so it only took me 2 limes to make 1 cup of juice. Honestly. These things are the size of a tennis ball this time of year. So good.

For 1 cup of juice you will probably need between 4-6 grocery store limes.


If you like your margaritas on the rocks like me, build them in a pitcher. If you like them frozen, get out the blender.

Pour 2 cups of grapefruit juice, 1 cup of lime juice, 1 cup of tequila, and 1 cup of triple sec into a large pitcher.


Add a big pinch of salt to the pitcher. I am not a salt on margaritas kind of girl but I learned this trick a few years ago. Just a pinch in the drink itself really brings out the flavors.

Add 2 cups of ice and stir to combine and chill.

Note:  If you’re not going to be drinking these right away, skip the ice until you are ready to serve so it doesn’t melt and dilute your drink.

Also, give these a taste and adjust to your own level of booziness. I like these proportions but you might want them stronger or sweeter.

Fancy rims on the glass are fun. Run a wedge of lime around the top of a glass and then dip it a saucer of salt.


Or EVEN BETTER (because these are a tad on the tart side), dip your glass in a saucer of fun sugar!


I knew those leftover sugar cookie sprinkles would come in handy one of these days!

Put a little ice in the glasses and pour yourself a refreshing Grapefruit Margarita.

This recipe makes a nice pitcher of margaritas that should serve about 6 generous drinks.

Grapefruit Margaritas

If you need some recipe suggestions for actual food to have with your refreshing beverages, there is a link in the Categories List (right side of the blog) for Mexican & Southwestern Recipes. You can also find them on the Recipe Page.

Whatever you make, Cinco de Mayo or any other day will be improved by Grapefruit Margaritas!

Here’s the recipe:

Grapefruit Margaritas

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5 Responses

  1. Oh man, those look fantastic! Normally I’m a classic lime margarita kind of girl but I have such a soft spot for pink grapefruit.

  2. I’m a classic lime margarita on-the-rocks fan, but like the reader above, I could give this recipe a whirl.
    Really, I need you to move to my town and set up a cafe in my work or home neighborhoods (easy-peasy, as the two are less than 2 miles apart and they NEED some more restaurants!). I’d walk to work all summer long if I could stop by and have one of these on my way home.

  3. Oh Henry, oh my 🙂 I livedin FL one winter and was amazed, as a northerner, that the grapefruit tree out back was ignored! How tasty 🙂

    1. I know! It drives me crazy to walk by houses with fruit all over the yard. Pick that up! Juice it! Make something tasty! We had a couple of old orange groves near our house that the owners have let die. So depressing. They don’t realize what a treat they have. Northerners totally get it. 🙂

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