Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

By Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ummm these are ridiculous. Ridiculously DELICIOUS!Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

I love grapefruit. In fact, it’s probably my favourite fruit. I love grapefruit-flavoured everything, from cocktails to candy. I even cut up grapefruits like an orange.

I cringe when I see people who put extra sugar on them (i.e. my whole family) – they’re not THAT sour!

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

I also love margaritas. I definitely had my fair share when I worked at Feleena’s, and I learned how to make a wicked one using real lime juice (the only way to make them, in my opinion).

Anyway, a while ago a girlfriend and I decided to stay in on a Saturday night and watch girly movies and have cocktails. These are what I made. We also had Vietnamese food (recipe coming soon) and popcorn (a movie requirement). We watched Mean Girls (in celebration of its 10th anniversary) and Coyote Ugly (which was a first for me – I’d never seen it!).

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas


The cocktails were a hit. I promptly slurped down two. That was enough to make Mean Girls even funnier than it already is.

But seriously, this is a wicked summer cocktail because the sweet and sour grapefruit is awesome with the spicy cayenne. Delicious and a bit mysterious, really.

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas


I used freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice, but you could totally make these with no sugar added bottled grapefruit juice. The margaritas would probably end up more artificially pink (and therefore prettier), but I must say they tasted amazing with the fresh-squeezed stuff.

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Yield: 2 large margaritas


  • 4 oz tequila
  • 2 oz cayenne simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 8 oz grapefruit juice
  • ice
  • lime wedges
  • salt and cajun spice to rim glasses
  • Cayenne simple syrup:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Simple syrup must be made ahead. Combine the sugar, water and cayenne in a small pot and bring to a simmer. Stir so that all sugar melts then remove from heat and cool in the fridge. When cool, rim two glasses with the salt/spice. Place ice in glasses and add 2 oz tequila to each glass, then add 1 oz simple syrup and 4 oz grapefruit juice. Stir and serve!


Adapted from Eat, Live, Run


Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

  • tastasty
    June 11, 2014

    This would be the thing to have in your hands, to relax over the weekend…nice..;)

    • Julia Kent
      June 13, 2014

      Thanks Tamara!

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