Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

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My grapefruit margarita recipe is very similar to the classic Paloma. I borrowed some inspiration and upped the ante with elderflower liquor while omitting soda water. The cocktail drinks like a true margarita and is a little more punchy than a Paloma!

A grapefruit Margarita in a double old fashioned glass with a salted rim and grapefruit wedge garnish.

My grapefruit margaritas are made with blanco tequila, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and elderflower liquor. They’re real, simple, and offer a refreshing and citrusy twist on the classic margarita.

Ingredients

  • Blanco tequila: some of my favorites include: Milagro, Teremana, Cazadores, Altos, Corralejo, and Lunazul.
  • Grapefruit juice: look for pink or red grapefruit. Red grapefruit will add a more distinct color to the cocktail. Save any leftover juice for the famous rum-infused Hemingway Daiquiri or the bourbon-based Brown Derby cocktail.
  • Fresh lime juice: lime juice helps to balance the cocktail and add another dimension of citrus. Always opt for fresh citrus when possible. Use a handheld citrus squeezer for the best results. I use mine weekly!
  • Simple syrup: use 50-50 simple syrup. You can make it on the stovetop with equal parts sugar and water or heat in the microwave until sugar is dissolved.
  • Elderflower liqueur: there are numerous elderflower brands on the market. St. Germaine and St. Elder are the two most popular. Elderflower adds a unique citrusy and floral spin to this cocktail that works nicely with grapefruit juice.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities below.

How to Make a Grapefruit Margarita

Step 1.

Wipe the rim of a chilled double old-fashioned glass with a lime or grapefruit wedge. Dip in margarita salt if desired. I like to do a partial rim of salt.

Quick Tip

Skip the salt rim and add a tiny pinch of salt directly to the margarita. This brings out the flavors and adds a little saltiness that plays beautifully in every sip without being overwhelming.

Step 2.

Combine tequila, grapefruit, lime juice, simple syrup, and elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice.

Step 3.

Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a double old-fashioned glass over ice. Optionally strain over a giant clear ice cube. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Expert Tips

  • I always use red or pink grapefruits. The darker red flesh of the red grapefruit is believed to be the sweeter of the two. Both work well, but red grapefruits give the margarita a nicer color.
  • It’s important to use freshly squeezed citrus when making margaritas from scratch. invest in a handheld lemon/lime squeezer. You can also get larger handheld juicers for oranges and grapefruits. The flavor difference is exceptional!
  • Freeze your glasses to keep your drink cooler for longer. This is especially useful in the hot summer months.
  • Use “dirty” ice from the shaker, fresh ice cubes, or pour over a large ice cube for the ultimate presentation/experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Tequila do you recommend?

There are so many affordable tequilas that are delicious in margaritas. Save expensive brands for sipping on the rocks. My favorites include: Milagro, Teremana, Cazadores, Hornitos, Altos, Corralejo, and Lunazul.

What about store bought grapefruit juice?

Always use fresh citrus when possible. It tastes better than anything you can buy and won’t contain added sweeteners and preservatives that could alter the taste.

A grapefruit Margarita in a double old fashioned glass with a salted rim and grapefruit wedge garnish.

Margarita Variations

  • looking for a spicy kick? learn how to make easy spicy margaritas using homemade infused jalapeño or habañero tequila. It only takes 24 hours to infuse delicious heat.
  • If you like mezcal, you can easily make a mezcal margarita with egg whites or my spicy mezcal cocktail.
  • My mango margaritas are one of the most popular drinks on this site. They can be served frozen or up on the rocks. It’s one of my favorite cocktails for the summer.
  • If you love watermelon, you have to try my blended watermelon margaritas. The watermelon flavor is refreshing and goes perfectly with salt and tequila.
  • If you are looking for a winter-inspired margarita, try my Grand Marnier margarita made with reposado tequila, honey syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
  • If you have Aperol sitting in your cabinet and don’t know what else to do with it, try my El Chipilo cocktail, which is almost a margarita made with Aperol.
  • Lastly, you can always make the tried and true Tequila Sunrise if you’re short on ingredients—a highly underrated cocktail when made with freshly squeezed orange juice.

More Margarita Recipes

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5 from 2 votes

Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Servings: 1 cocktail
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
A real grapefruit margarita made with blanco tequila, fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime, elderflower liqueur, and simple syrup.

Ingredients 

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh red or pink grapefruit juice, 2 grapefruits for a batch of 4-6
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur

Instructions 

  • Wipe the rim of a chilled double old-fashioned glass with a lime or grapefruit wedge. Dip in margarita salt if desired.
  • Combine tequila, grapefruit, lime juice, simple syrup, and elderflower liqueur in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice.
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a double old-fashioned glass with a salted rim. Optionally strain over a giant clear ice cube. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Notes

I always use red or pink grapefruits. The darker red flesh of the red grapefruit is believed to be the sweeter of the two. Both work well, but red grapefruits give the margarita a nicer color.
It’s important to use freshly squeezed citrus when making margaritas from scratch. invest in a handheld lemon/lime squeezer. You can also get larger handheld juicers for oranges and grapefruits. The flavor difference is exceptional!
Freeze your glasses to keep your drink cooler for longer. This is especially useful in the hot summer months.
Use “dirty” ice from the shaker, fresh ice cubes, or pour over a large ice cube for the ultimate presentation/experience.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 25.6gProtein: 0.1gSodium: 16mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 7.5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
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My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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