Grapefruit Margaritas

Grapefruit Margaritas -- so fresh and easy to make with just a few ingredients |

I have come to the recent conclusion that margaritas are my “happy” drinks.

Wine is my relax-and-feel-just-a-little-bit-classy drink.  Beer is my kick-back-with-friends-and-have-a-good-time drink.  Bourbon is my sip-and-savor-and-talk-about-real-stuff drink.  Scotch is my feel-like-a-grownup(-and-the-peatier-the-better) drink.  Piña coladas are my ultra-cheesy-but-gotta-order-one-each-time-I’m-on-a-beach drink.  And the list goes on…

But margaritas?

I’m convinced it’s nearly impossible to have a well-made margarita sitting in front of you and not have a good time.  Maybe it’s due to those cute salted rims that totally remind me of confetti.  Maybe it’s due to that brilliant mix of sweet and sour and salty flavors, mixed with tequila.  (¡Tequila!)  Maybe it’s due to the fact that margaritas almost always mean that chips and salsa are nearby.  (Always a good thing.)

Whatever the reason, margaritas just make me happy.  And as much as I will truly-madly-deeply love my classic margarita recipe, I still love experimenting regularly with other new flavors.  My obsession this winter?

Grapefruit margaritas.

Grapefruit Margaritas -- so fresh and easy to make with just a few ingredients |

My food-blogging friend, Kathryne, has always sworn that grapefruit is the magical fruit that works well in just about any cocktail.  And after putting her theory to the test over this past winter, I think that she’s right.  And I must say that I think it pairs exceptionally well with tequila in a good, fresh, homemade margarita.Grapefruit Margaritas -- so fresh and easy to make with just a few ingredients |

The ingredients you’ll need to make one for yourself are simple:

  • tequila (any kind will do, but most margs are made with blanco)
  • orange liqueur (such as Cointreau, which I totally forgot to photograph – oops!)
  • agave nectar (to sweeten)
  • fresh grapefruit juice (or you can use store-bought juice if fresh ones aren’t in season, see below*)
  • fresh lime juice (I don’t drink margaritas without it!)

Grapefruit Margaritas -- so fresh and easy to make with just a few ingredients |

Just juice the fruit, and stir everything together…
Grapefruit Margaritas -- so fresh and easy to make with just a few ingredients |

…and then you can either give it a good shake with some ice in a shaker, and/or just serve it over the rocks.

The sweetness is totally up to you on these.  I generally prefer my margaritas a little tart, and especially love them so with the flavors of the fresh grapefruit juice.  But feel free to just add in more/less agave to taste.

Grapefruit Margaritas -- so fresh and easy to make with just a few ingredients |

I would just recommend going ahead and juicing enough fruit for at least a double batch, because these guys are tasty, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to want seconds.  ;)

Cheers, everyone!

Grapefruit Margarita

This Grapefruit Margarita recipe is delicious and oh-so-refreshing when made with fresh grapefruit juice.


  • 2 ounces freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila, silver or reposado
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau (or any orange liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • agave nectar for sweetening, to taste
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedge and salt for rimming the glass


If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime wedge (the juicy part) around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.  Set aside.

Add grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker, and shake or stir until combined.  Taste, and if you would like it to be sweeter (most people do!), stir in a half teaspoon of agave, and then repeat as needed until the mix reaches your desired level of sweetness.

Fill glass with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with an extra lime or grapefruit wedge if desired.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

Grapefruit Margaritas -- so fresh and easy to make with just a few ingredients |

Leave a Comment:


  1. Gabriella — February 19, 2016 @ 6:53 am (#)

    Yum! Grapefruit cocktails are the best. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 19th, 2016 @ 9:05 am

      We totally agree! :)

  2. Josh | The Kentucky Gent — February 19, 2016 @ 12:13 pm (#)

    I’m right there with you in liking margs tart, so this sounds right up my alley! 

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 19th, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

      Yay, we hope you enjoy these! :)

  3. bc in edmond — February 19, 2016 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    i’m drinking grapefruit juice right now (!), and I have everything to make these later – yum! please share where you got the adorable cups and pitcher – the drinks wouldn’t be the same without them!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 19th, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

      Awesome, we hope you enjoy! :) And I’ll have to ask Ali about the cups and the pitcher (she’s in New Zealand right now)!

  4. Kari — February 19, 2016 @ 1:43 pm (#)

    This looks like it needs to be made after work today. It’s calling my name!

  5. hopflower — February 20, 2016 @ 3:58 pm (#)

    How I wish I were not allergic to grapefruit! Love Margaritas, just cannot have grapefruit.

  6. Bita — February 22, 2016 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    This looks amazing – want one right now!  I always choose sour over sweet cocktails…love me a good margie too.  Thanks for the idea 👌

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

      Thanks Bita — we hope you enjoy (we might even like these better than the classic)! :)

  7. Alexa — February 22, 2016 @ 4:01 pm (#)

    Love-love-love these margaritas!  Made them for my husband on Saturday and he asked for more the next day. I think these have officially replaced “regular” margaritas in our house.  Thank you for this amazing recipe! 

  8. Lis — February 22, 2016 @ 5:09 pm (#)

    These look divine! Great cocktail recipe for these Southern Hemisphere hot summer days.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 22nd, 2016 @ 9:26 pm

      Thanks Lis — we hope you enjoy! :)

  9. Susan — February 23, 2016 @ 10:06 pm (#)

    Oooooo – so beautiful. Has me dreaming about lazy summer days sitting in the sun sipping one of these babies!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 24th, 2016 @ 11:28 am

      Thanks Susan! We hope you enjoy them! :)

  10. Abby (@ No Fail Recipes) — February 24, 2016 @ 1:26 pm (#)

    These are delicious! I ran out of orange liqueur so on my 2nd batch I used a little extra tequila and some orange juice. It wasn’t quite the same but it still tasted good.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 24th, 2016 @ 6:41 pm

      Thanks Abby! We’re so glad you enjoyed them!

  11. Erin — February 24, 2016 @ 8:34 pm (#)

    HECK YES! These look amazing. I just bought a juicer the other day, can’t wait to try these!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 25th, 2016 @ 9:14 am

      Thanks Erin! We hope you enjoy them! :)

  12. clique aqui — March 3, 2016 @ 11:28 am (#)

    Thanks for recipe!
    I will try after work with my boyfriend!
    I hope that’s easy. =D

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 3rd, 2016 @ 1:52 pm

      You’re welcome — we hope you both enjoy these! :)

  13. Haley D Williams — March 10, 2016 @ 12:36 pm (#)

    These are beautiful! Great job, Ali.  Margarita season is back and I can’t wait to try a grapefruit flavored one :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — March 10th, 2016 @ 7:25 pm

      Thank you Haley! :) We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  14. Jessica — May 14, 2016 @ 9:04 am (#)

    Bring on the booze.  Gonna try this with patron silver that’s pretty much the only tequila we drink in LA.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 3:33 pm

      Awesome Jessica — we hope you love these!

  15. Leigh Anne Farrell — October 1, 2016 @ 5:52 pm (#)

    These looked and sounded so good, that I decided to make one. Two. I ran out of triple sec, and I already had to wing the grapefruit juice ( Simply Grapefruit) lime juice ( used True Lime) and agave syrup ( sugar) but the two I had on the fly were delicious! I will get the real stuff when I go to the super mercado!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 5th, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

      We’re glad you were still able to make these work, Leigh! :)