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Spicy Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Spicy Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita, with freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juices and muddled jalapeño. A spicy happy hour treat!
5 stars (2 ratings)

Ingredients

For 2 margaritas

  • 1 whole jalapeño, sliced
  • 3 ounces gold tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 2 ounces fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, about 1/2 medium fruit, squeezed
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice, about 2 limes, squeezed
  • 1 splash orange juice
  • 2 cups ice
  • Salted rim: 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • Garnish: sliced jalapeños, lime wheel

For 10 margaritas (1 pitcher)

  • 3-4 whole jalapeños, sliced
  • 15 ounces gold tequila
  • 10 ounces triple sec
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 20 ounces fresh ruby red grapefruit juice, about 5 grapefruits
  • 20 ounces fresh lime juice, about 20 limes, squeezed
  • 5-10 ounces fresh orange juice
  • 6 cup ice, to fill pitcher
  • Salted rim: 2 tablespoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • Garnish: sliced jalapeños, lime wheels

Instructions 

For 2 margaritas

  • Muddle the jalapeño: Place one of sliced jalapeño (or both halves if you really like spice!) in cocktail mixer and use muddler to smash it a few times to release oils (don’t overdo it unless you really like heat).
  • Add ingredients and shake to combine: Add tequila, triple sec, agave nectar, and grapefruit, lime, and orange juices to mixer. Add one cup of ice, put lid on mixer, and shake well until mixed (about 10-15 seconds). Strain and pour over ice in glass with chili lime salted rim.
  • Make a salted spice rim: Place salt, chili powder, and lime zest on a plate and mix until well combined. Wet rim of glass with lime juice and place rim down on salt mixture.
  • Pour and enjoy: Pour the mixed margaritas into the glasses with salted rims, and enjoy!

For 10 cocktails (pitcher)

  • Muddle the jalapeños: Cut jalapeños in half and place them inside the pitcher. Use a muddler to smash them a few times to release oils (don’t overdo it unless you really like heat).
  • Add ingredients and shake to combine: Add tequila, triple sec, agave nectar, and grapefruit, lime, and orange juices to pitcher. Give the mix a good stir, tasting and adding more agave for sweetness or lime juice for tartness. When the margarita mix is to your liking, either store the pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve or add ice to fill the pitcher if serving right away.
  • Make a salted spice rim: Place salt, chili powder, and lime zest on a plate and mix until well combined. Wet rim of glasses with lime juice and place rim down on salt mixture.
  • Pour and enjoy: Pour the mixed margaritas into the glasses with salted rims, and enjoy!

Notes

  • Recipe notes: Use bottled or fresh lime juice. Agave nectar is optional; omit if you like a tart margarita or want a 'skinny' margarita. Orange juice is optional, but provides a smoother taste (especially if you're not using a sweetener). Salted spice rim is optional, but highly recommended.
  • Recommended tools: cocktail mixer, cocktail muddler, citrus squeezer, margarita pitcher
  • Prep ahead: Mix margaritas in a pitcher up to two days ahead of serving, but don't add ice to the pitcher until ready to enjoy.
  • Leftovers and storage: This margarita recipe can be made up to 3-4 days ahead of time, however make sure to strain and remove the jalapeño before storing or else you’ll be in store for a very spicy surprise!
  • Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is calculated for margarita with agave syrup, but without the salted rim. A margarita is a treat, it is not supposed to be a health food (so my professional recommendation is not to concern yourself with the nutrition in a margarita). However, this homemade margarita is low in added sugar compared to many pre-made mixes.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 193kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 15mg, Potassium: 87mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 23IU, Vitamin C: 19mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg