Pomelo Margaritas

by Shawnda on May 31, 2012

in Beverages,Cinco de Mayo,Citrus,Fruit,Grapefruit,Margaritas,Mexican & TexMex

Pomelo Margarita

Have you ever had pomelo? They’re cantaloupe-sized citrus that make a smooth margarita. You could probably eat them, too. But I wouldn’t know :)

Maybe you passed them over because your grocery store has them surrounded with signs that say they taste like grapefruit. Pomelo do taste a lot like grapefruit… if grapefruit were less bitter and sweeter. Think of them as Grapefruit Lite, the gateway fruit for grapefruit haters.

You probably won’t even need to sweeten the margarita. And don’t be fooled by the plus size look – the actual fruit inside is no larger than a normal grapefruit. While it might look like you could make an entire pitcher with just 1 pomelo, you can’t.

And that’s too bad.

Pomelo Margarita

Sweet pomelo and fresh lime juice make a fantastic cocktail.


  • 6 oz pumelo juice
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 3 oz tequila
  • 2 oz orange liqueur
  • Salt, for rim (optional)
  • Simple syrup, to taste (optional)


  1. Stir together all ingredients in a small pitcher.
  2. Run one of the lime halves around the outside of two glasses.
  3. Twist the glasses in salt, fill with crushed ice, and fill with margarita.


Yields: 2 drinks

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina May 31, 2012 at 5:24 am

Mmm this sounds sooo delicious! Love it!


2 m @ random musings May 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

mmm pomelos – I’m opposite of you, don’t drink ‘em but do eat :-) Don’t throw away the lovely pith! It can be used in savory dishes (recipe here: http://hungerhunger.blogspot.com/2011/05/pomelo-pith-with-roasted-pork.html)


3 Ann P. May 31, 2012 at 11:28 am

Hhahaa, I LOL’ed at “grapefruit lite, the gateway fruit for grapefruit haters.” :) Gorgeous shot, and delicious sounding cocktail recipe!


4 Joanne May 31, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I’ve never been brave enough to even buy a pomelo because they look so…large. I’ve obviously been missing out!


5 what katie's baking May 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm

ahh i wish i was a bigger fan of tequila because these look soo good!


6 Jennifer May 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm

What a creative use for pomelos!


7 Debra Kapellakis June 4, 2012 at 5:41 am



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