The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita: The Margarita of All Margaritas


Remember when you turned 21 and found yourself seated in a restaurant/bar with all the freedom in the world to order whatever your heart desired? Do you remember what you ordered? Pretty sure my first drink at 21 was a margarita - because what else would this fresh faced 21 year old know to drink if it didn't come out of a keg?

I'm also pretty sure it was blended...I eventually graduated to 'on the rocks with salt' but to be honest, margaritas were never my favorite drink, they are typically a little too tart for my liking. But, almost every restaurant could make them and I knew what to expect so they were an easy choice.

When I found this recipe from Curious Elixir I was hesitant, but also curious. A non-green margarita you say? With a jalapeno no less?

If you make this drink for your Cinco de Mayo party, National Margarita Day (February 22nd), your Memorial Day BBQ, or JUST BECAUSE, you will be winning at life my friend. Winning. 


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Recipe adapted from Curious Elixir (check them out!)


  • 1/2 oz. jalapeno simple syrup

  • 1 small ginger slice (or large slice if you're a ginger fan!)

  • 2 small jalapeno rounds

  • 1/4 c. lime juice (try fresh squeezed and you'll never go back to store bought)

  • 1/4 c. orange juice (also fresh squeezed is best but I get it - life is complicated, make it easy)

  • 1/2 c. grapefruit juice (do I need to say it? #freshsqueezed)

For salt rim:

  • 1 part Adobo chili powder

  • 3 parts salt (I used Kosher but hey, use what you got)

Prepare your favorite glass by rimming with a lime wedge and then dipping in your chili/salt mix. Add ice to the glass.

In your shaker add 1-2 jalapeno rounds, ginger slice, and jalapeno syrup. Muddle gently to release the flavors. Add the lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, and ice to the shaker.

Shake shake shake :)

Pour into your salted glass, garnish with a lime wedge or a jalapeno round or both! 

The jalapeno flavor should not be overpowering, unless of course that's your jam. You just want a little heat and a hint of flavor. 


And now, raise that beautiful glass in a toast:

"May your house always be too small to hold all of your friends"

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