Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Today is National Margarita Day. And since I love margaritas, participation was a must!

two rocks glasses with spicy grapefruit margarita in them and a chili salted rim on a marble board with jalapeño slices and a grapefruit sliced in half.

Where Did This Idea Come From?

At the 2018 Epcot Food & Wine Festival, I was introduced to Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur. It was love at first taste! Back around Halloween, we created a spicy margarita with it. We’ve been looking for an excuse to use the liqueur again, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Fresh citrus is abundant in South Florida, and the grapefruits have been particularly good lately. I had a couple in the fridge and some Ancho Reyes and plenty of tequila in the bar.

two rocks glasses with spicy grapefruit margarita in them and a chili salted rim on a marble board with jalapeño slices and a grapefruit sliced in half.

How We Made This Drink

A lot of taste testing went into this margarita! I went through a lot of combinations with 5 different tequilas with 3 different liqueurs added to them. I tried different combinations of juices and varying amounts of Simple Syrup. (It’s a wonder I could still stand by the time I was done!) I settled on a combination of fresh lime juice and fresh grapefruit juice mixed with Herradura Reposado and Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur. When I felt like I had the right combination, I enlisted the help of a neighbor for the final taste testing. (My taste buds were worn out!)

two rocks glasses with spicy grapefruit margarita in them and a chili salted rim on a marble board with jalapeño slices and a grapefruit sliced in half.

I got the go-ahead, and here we are. The rim is ringed with a combination of sea salt, chili powder, and cayenne. Don’t worry, it’s not as hot as it sounds. We dipped the rim in simple syrup to offset a bit of the heat. The addition of the fresh jalapeno will add a little more flavor. And if you want it spicier, you can always put it in a cocktail shaker with the jalapeno slices. Just remember that the more you shake it, the hotter it gets!

one rocks glass with spicy grapefruit margarita with jalapeño slices on a marble board and a grapefruit sliced in half.

I hope you like this margarita as much as I do! Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.

two grapefruit margaritas with jalapeno slices

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Traci
My favorite cocktail! This Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is the perfect blend between tart, sweet, and spicy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 519 kcal

Ingredients
 

Chili Salt

  • 2 ½ teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

Grapefruit Margarita

  • 1 ¼ ounces chile liqueur
  • 1 ¼ ounces silver tequila
  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice
  • 3 ounces simple syrup
  • 1-2 slices jalapeño, optional

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine sea salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • Pour in a saucer or small plate.
  • Run a wedge of lime around the top edge of your glass.
  • Dip into salt mixture. Set aside.
  • Combine chile liqueur, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake until combined.
  • Strain into prepared glass.
  • Gently add ice.
  • Add jalapeño slices, if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drinkCalories: 519kcalCarbohydrates: 98gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 5905mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 4gSugar: 91gVitamin A: 1704IUVitamin C: 154mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 4mg

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    One of the best ancho reyes drinks I’ve made. Pretty good balance of Heat, bitterness and Acid from the grapefruit, and sweetness. It’s a bit sweet for my taste, But i enjoy bitter things, sO might try it with less sugar next time.