Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

By Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ummm these are ridiculous. Ridiculously DELICIOUS!Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

I love grapefruit. In fact, it’s probably my favourite fruit. I love grapefruit-flavoured everything, from cocktails to candy. I even cut up grapefruits like an orange.

I cringe when I see people who put extra sugar on them (i.e. my whole family) – they’re not THAT sour!

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

I also love margaritas. I definitely had my fair share when I worked at Feleena’s, and I learned how to make a wicked one using real lime juice (the only way to make them, in my opinion).

Anyway, a while ago a girlfriend and I decided to stay in on a Saturday night and watch girly movies and have cocktails. These are what I made. We also had Vietnamese food (recipe coming soon) and popcorn (a movie requirement). We watched Mean Girls (in celebration of its 10th anniversary) and Coyote Ugly (which was a first for me – I’d never seen it!).

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas


The cocktails were a hit. I promptly slurped down two. That was enough to make Mean Girls even funnier than it already is.

But seriously, this is a wicked summer cocktail because the sweet and sour grapefruit is awesome with the spicy cayenne. Delicious and a bit mysterious, really.

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas


I used freshly-squeezed in my single serving blender grapefruit juice, but you could totally make these with no sugar added bottled grapefruit juice. The margaritas would probably end up more artificially pink (and therefore prettier), but I must say they tasted amazing with the fresh-squeezed stuff.

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Yield: 2 large margaritas


4 oz tequila
2 oz cayenne simple syrup (recipe below)
8 oz grapefruit juice
lime wedges
salt and cajun spice to rim glasses
Cayenne simple syrup:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


Simple syrup must be made ahead. Combine the sugar, water and cayenne in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Stir so that all sugar melts then remove from heat and cool in the fridge. When cool, rim two glasses with the salt/spice. Place ice in glasses and add 2 oz tequila to each glass, then add 1 oz simple syrup and 4 oz grapefruit juice. Stir and serve!


Adapted from Eat, Live, Run

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

  • tastasty
    June 11, 2014

    This would be the thing to have in your hands, to relax over the weekend…nice..;)

    • Julia Kent
      June 13, 2014

      Thanks Tamara!

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