Real Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

A real grapefruit margarita made with reposado tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and triple sec.

Real Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Patty brought home some grapefruit last night and basically said, “make me a cocktail.” I know, it sounds abusive and demanding but I live for these kind of moments. We rarely have grapefruit lying around so it’s always a great opportunity to spin up a few of my favorite grapefruit cocktails.

Of course, we started with a bohemian—a personal classic fav of mine made with gin, grapefruit and elderflower. Then I jumped to something I’ve never actually tried at home, a grapefruit margarita. But don’t you mean a Paloma, Shawn?

No, I’m talking about using grapefruit juice as the sole source of citrus in a margarita. Palomas are great, but I didn’t want to mess around with extra lime juice or soda water (which I didn’t have on hand anyway).

How to Make a Grapefruit Margarita

My grapefruit margaritas are made with reposado tequila, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and triple sec. They’re real, simple, and a refreshing twist on the classic marg. A lot of critics may think a grapefruit-based cocktail is bitter. Well, you’re right, however paired with simple syrup and triple sec, that bitterness fades into irresistible flavor.

Best Tequila for Margaritas?

A quick note on top shelf tequilas. I love them for sipping on the rocks or neat with a lime, but I’d skip them when it comes to a margarita. There are several mid-range tequilas that are really good without breaking the bank. Miligro, Espolòn, Altos, Hornitos, Corralejo to name a few. Save the Casamigos and Don Julio for sipping.

Real Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Real Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x



  • 2 ounces reposado tequila (silver will do)
  • 3/4 ounces simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (buy 2 grapefruits for a batch of 4-6)
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a Double Old-Fashioned glass with a salted rim.
  2. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.


Rub the rim of your glass with a grapefruit wedge to adhere the salt.