Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Spice up your classic margarita recipe with some jalapeño infused tequila and juicy, fresh grapefruit juice for the most delicious cocktail on the planet! I promise you’ll have your friends begging you to make this Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Recipe all summer long.

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

2 years ago, Linley, Davida, and I ventured to  San Miguel, Mexico!  Guess what happened? I fell in love with margaritas. HARD. I love all things citrus when it comes to cocktails and citrus really is the star of a good margarita. Tequila and mezcal are everywhere in San Miguel so I’m sure you can put two and two together that so are margaritas! Now, San Miguel isn’t your typical Cancun or Playa del Carmen which are super touristy. San Miguel is more of a local/artist/ex-pat community that’s almost like Europe in Mexico. Weird, but I don’t know how else to explain it. The margaritas are balls to the wall amazing and the best part is, they’re all pretty inexpensive because they can pretty much source everything needed for the margarita recipe right from their home country.

In San Miguel, we stayed with Linley’s in-laws during and lets just say that Mary, Lin’s mother-in-law, is a margarita GODDESS. I mean straight up margarita genie. Mary is who gave us the inspiration for this very recipe. Her margarita recipe is the perfect mixture of spicy, sweet, and citrus. Want to know her secret? Infusing tequila with jalapeños and using extra fresh limes. Once you do those two things, your margarita drinking will be taken up a notch

We wanted to deviate a little bit from Mary’s classic margarita recipe…so? INSERT —> freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Seriously there is nothing better than the sweet and sour flavors of grapefruit. Plus, the color is everything.

Basically, this grapefruit margarita recipe is too good for words.

Pouring margarita into glass Jalapeño tequila

This recipe does require you to make your own jalapeño tequila, but it’s quite simple. All you need to do is chop up some jalapeños and let them sit in your tequila for at least 30 minutes or overnight (for super spicy tequila). I promise this extra step is worth it!

Grapefruit Margarita Ingredients 

What else do you need? Not much, it’s simple!

  • Tequila
  • Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Jalapeños
  • Simple syrup
  • Ice

A few tips! Make sure that you are using freshly squeezed citrus. Like, DON’T BUY THE WEIRD BOTTLED LIME JUICE…it’s just not the same as squeezing your own. Also, your tequila matters. Ever had a tequila hangover? Yeah, they ain’t fun! So, do your self a favor and get some nice tequila…your head will thank you. Last, get crafty! We got super creative with the salt rims in these photos —> sea salt + paprika + cayenne + coconut sugar. So good.

Grapefruit margarita
Recipe

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Spice up your classic margarita recipe with some jalapeño infused tequila and juicy, fresh grapefruit juice for the most delicious cocktail on the planet! I promise you’ll have your friends begging you to make this Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Recipe all summer long.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 fl. oz. tequila
  • 2 fl. oz. grapefruit juice
  • 2 fl. oz. lime juice
  • 2 jalapeño slices + more for serving
  • 1 fl. oz. simple syrup
  • 1 to 2 cups of ice

Instructions

  1. Place tequila in a jar or cup. Then, add in a couple of slices of jalapeños plus the seeds. Let sit for at least 30 minutes so that the tequila can get infused with the spice.
  2. Add 1 to 2 cups of ice to a cocktail shaker and then pour in the infused tequila. Add the rest of the ingredients. Option to add more simple syrup, depending on your preference.
  3. Give the shaker a good shake so that everything gets mixed together.
  4. Serve over ice with fresh grapefruit slices, jalapeño slices, and a salty rim.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2
  • Calories: 125
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 1
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 14
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0

If you’re looking to make more than just 2 margs, of course, you can! This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc! I suggest making a big batch of the spicy jalapeño tequila because that shit is good!

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