Grapefruit Margarita

by Shawnda on March 15, 2011

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

Grapefruit Margaritas

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)


  1. Mix tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and grapefruit juices well. If you think you need a little more sweetness, add a splash of simple syrup.
  2. Rub one of the used lime or grapefruit rinds around the rim of two glasses and dip in cocktail salt.
  3. Fill each glass with ice and pour in the margarita.


Yields: 2 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 10 minutes


{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black March 15, 2011 at 3:55 am

Yum- too early to drink? ;)


2 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 15, 2011 at 4:26 am

What a delicious and refreshing drink!


3 Alicia at Aligirl Cooks March 15, 2011 at 5:50 am

Margaritas are my absolute fave! I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.


4 Laura March 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

I love margaritas with Grand Marnier! How does Paula’s Texas Orange compare in price?


5 foodiebride March 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

@Laura, We paid ~$25 for a 750ml bottle. I can’t remember exactly how much GM was, but I know it was over $30/35.


6 Joanne March 15, 2011 at 11:59 am

Not enough margaritas get made in this apartment, which is what I have realized after reading this post. Especially not enough grapefruit margaritas. given that this is my favorite citrus…I think this has to be reconciled. Immediately.


7 heather March 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I am by no means a margarita girl, nor one who can manage to drink anything that’s come within ten feet of hard alcohol without gagging and scrunching my nose, but I’ve come to feel that grapefruit makes anything better. I might have to take off my arm floaties for this one!

Cheers (quite literally this time),



8 katie March 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Delicious~ I absolutely adore margaritas, anything tart is my thing. I cannot wait to try these.


9 Squash Blossom Babies March 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

This looks great!


10 Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) March 15, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Oh yum these look awesome!! Even though I’m still at the age of drinking straight tequila [I refuse to grow up], I’d love to have these too! The more the better :)


11 Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles March 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I must have one of these stat! :)


12 Stephanie March 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm

Pass a glass, please. :)


13 Ann March 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Grapefruit margaritas are our favorite and were our signature cocktail at our wedding reception 2 years ago. Love them! Thanks for another wonderful recipe! Now I’m wondering if the grapefruit margarita would translate well to your margarita cupcake recipe. YUM!!


14 foodiebride March 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm

@Ann, I like the way you think :)


15 Monica March 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

You’ve combined 2 of my favorite things: grapefruit juice and margaritas. I will definitely be making these!


16 Bourbonnatrix March 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I’ve been craving grapefruit like crazy. Must hit the liquor store soon to make these! Pic is gorgeous too!


17 Cara March 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

This appeared in my google reader right alongside Elly’s chicken taco burgers, and my first thought was that they’d make a great pair!


18 Ellie @ Kitchen Wench March 16, 2011 at 3:07 am

I am quite literally salivating at the picture and idea of this drink! One question – what on earth is a Texas Star grapefruit? Not a variety I’ve seen here in Australia, but judging by the colour of the drink, a sort of ruby grapefruit?


19 foodiebride March 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

@Ellie @ Kitchen Wench, Yep! Rio Star is a popular variety of Grapefruit grown in Texas. If you can’t snag a Rio Star, I don’t think you can go wrong with grabbing another grapefruit that you like – and then adding tequila :)


20 Gourmantine March 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

I am such a sucker for margaritas… and this one looks sooo great!


21 Bridget March 16, 2011 at 10:31 am

I can attest that these are great! Definitely my new favorite margarita (although I confess I tweak the ratios a bit to fit my personal preference).


22 Lindsey March 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

Wow, these look amazing! It’s sunny but not warm in MD right now and these have me dreaming about 80 degree days. Beautiful photo, too.


23 April March 16, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I don’t drink margaritas that often but this version just might make me.


24 Elena (running in heels after child) March 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I am slightly obsessed with margaritas, I love them, they are my cocktail of choice, when I was pregnant I missed them. I have made many, many variations but I have never thought about making them with grapefruit juice. I am going to have to make these soon.

Thanks for the idea,



25 Liren March 17, 2011 at 12:23 am

Fantastic! I have a bowl of grapefruits just waiting to be made into margaritas! Thanks for the wonderful idea!


26 Gwyn March 17, 2011 at 10:33 am

I absolutely love Margaritas; they just seem so summery and refreshing. I am definitely going to try this one, but could you also devote a post to your regular margarita? I have yet to find a homemade version I enjoy, even though it seems like such a simple concoction. Thank you for this!


27 TheMinister March 17, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I cannot stand the flavor of a grapefruit alone, but something about the way it mixes with the tequila makes it magical to me!


28 Sivad-Galdian March 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Thank you so much for posting this. I came home from college spring break with grapefruits and your drink sounded much better than the slushy mix and tequila my roommates have. I couldn’t wait to try it (but had to), and it was every bit as delicious as I had hoped. Maybe because I skimped a little on liquor amounts (newbie mixer), but I needed neither sweetener nor salt for mine. Definitely one of my summer drinks now.


29 Fresh and Foodie March 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I love margaritas, too. I think I got it from my mom. :)

I like mine with salt and on the rocks…and DEFINITELY no mix! Ugh. The thought of it makes me cringe.

I love the grapefruit addition — I’m sure the sweet and tart flavor is amazing on nice! Thanks for sharing.


30 eatlovedrink March 27, 2011 at 6:27 am

I’m so excited to try these out! Can’t believe I’ve never thought of mixing up the citrus in a margarita (other than the time we had lots of meyer lemons and no limes…that was actually great). Love grapefruits, adore margaritas, so this is bound to be a winner! Thanks!


31 viscorntremble March 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Look fresh, nice for summer party…


32 Clare @ Clare Cooks! March 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

Margs are my favorite and I recently discovered the joy of grapefruits. Oh, these will be made this weekend for sure!


33 Brooke - in Oregon April 3, 2011 at 7:31 am

I to am a ‘Margarita’ gal, these sound AMAZING, going to have to try and get my hands on some good grapefruit! Had a Pomegranate Margarita the other day made with PAMA liquor and that was quite nice, need to find a recipe for that one too! lol Sitting on the Deck sippin a margarita season is right around the corner. WOO HOO


34 Caitlyn April 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm

how can i make a virgin grapefruit margarita?


35 foodiebride April 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

@Caitlyn, I wouldn’t call it a margarita, but I like to juice half a grapefruit and half a lime into a glass. I then add a few glugs of club soda and sweeten with a splash of simple syrup. The grapefruit and lime come through nicely and it’s very refreshing!


36 Alice April 25, 2011 at 7:26 am

I whipped up a big batch of these for my husband’s birthday party a few weeks ago and they were so, so good! The only change we made was to score a Habanero pepper and leave it in the tequila bottle for 24 hours prior. We love spicy cocktails and the heat from the pepper was a perfect combination with the tart, refreshing flavors of grapefruit and lime.

All of our friends declared these the best homemade margaritas ever!


37 Gwyn April 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Oh wow!!! Inspired by your Cinco de Mayo post, I set out to make these tonight…and was convinced by the nice guys at the ABC store to buy Agave Nectar instead of simple syrup…other than that, followed your recipe exactly (including the Rio Star Grapefruit) and it is simply divine!! Thanks for sharing yet another fabulous recipe!


38 michelle May 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I am so intrigued by using grapefruits for my fav cocktail. I’m having girlfriends over on the weekend and can’t wait to try this!


39 Christina July 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Delicious recipe. Best margarita i’ ve had. My husband loved them. Thanks!


40 Laura January 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

Can you make this blended?


41 Diana January 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hey guys! It’s Diana from Food Blog Camp. You’re food photography is looking great, this photo caught my eye on Pinterest. I actually just tried the Texas Rio grapefruit last week. I didn’t like grapefruit for the longest time, but this one made me a convert. It’s so sweet and tart with no bitter aftertaste. LOVE it!


42 Lawrence February 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm

So I shared this one my blog and I finally made it tonight. ? Phew, the tequila crept out of nowhere and whispered sweet nothings in my ear. Very nice. I think I’ll keep this drink on standby. Thanks for sharing.


43 Lawrence February 9, 2012 at 10:31 pm

shared on* my blog (sorry for the typo… tipsy typing).


44 Judy April 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

My cheeks are burning and my mouth is watering at the mere thought of this drink. Definitely a Margarita kinda day. Thanks for the recipe.


45 Tracy December 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I am now a margarita snob, thanks to your fabulous recipe. I LOVE margaritas, but finding a recipe I really like has been difficult. Most recipes are too sweet or too strong.
My previous favorite margarita was the blue margaritas from the tequila factory (Its not really a tequila factory. I am unsure why it’s named a factor…) at Cozumel Mexico. However, this recipe for Grapefruit margaritas is now my true favorite. Especially during Grapefruit season, here in Florida.

Thanks so much for sharing…Now I need to get a better juicer so it won’t take so long to juice all that wonderful citrus.


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