Grapefruit Margaritas

Staying here in Margaritaville, Naomi is giving us a great recipe for a fun drink that serves four …Hmmm, seems this might be just the thing to give a company brunch a Mexican punch. For more of Naomi’s fun food and drink recipes, visit her at

031312 029MID-WEEK MIXERS by Naomi Blackburn

Adapted: The Barefoot Contessa

I love margaritas. Not the margarita mix margaritas, but the ones loaded with fresh juices as a margarita is meant to be. I had was wandering around Allrecipes and came across a recipe for grapefruit margaritas, but a couple of the reviews said that they were too sweet and that made me somewhat leery, but still intrigued, so I continued my search for a GM that would tickle my fancy and go well with chicken fajitas I was making that night. I found the site of the Barefoot Contessa, and in that, THE Grapefruit Margarita recipe I was looking for. Although, I am not a huge fan of the Contessa..this one really struck my fancy, so I went into trying it right away. I must say it fit the bill I was looking for perfectly! So, here we go…

Drink Ingredients:

1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed or bottled)~I used OS Ruby Red and it was fine.
½ cup FRESH SQUEEZED lime juice (4 limes)
1 cup orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
2 cups ice
1 cup BLANCO tequila (white/clear tequila)

Rimmer Ingredients

(BC listed this as optional, but it is really needed to cut down on the tartness of the GF juice):
1 lime cut in wedges
Margarita or Kosher salt


1) Rim your glasses, as instructed in the “How to Rim” tutorial. Place glasses in freezer to chill
2) When ready to serve, place all the drink ingredients in a blender and blend until ice is chopped.
3) Remove glasses from freezer. Add additional ice to glasses and pour margarita in. Place a lime wedge on the glass, if desired, and serve!

Note: This is an “on the rocks” margarita. It will not have the consistency of a frozen margarita.
Note: Normally I stress the need for fresh squeezed juices in any of my drink recipes. Although, the bottled Ruby Red Grapefruit juice worked well in this recipe, I wouldn’t use concentrated lime juice. It is too rough tasting to support this recipe!

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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