Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Recipe | Louella Reese

Simple, Refreshing Spicy Margarita Recipe | Louella Reese

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Recipe | Louella Reese

Anyone else absolutely loving happy hour at home? Enjoying a little sunshine and fresh air on your front porch or back deck while sipping your favorite cocktail, wine, or beer. Sounds pretty heavenly to me! My all time favorite cocktail is a skinny margarita. Perfectly sweet and sour while being light and refreshing. Recently I have become a little adventurous with my margaritas – trying different juices and adding additional garnishes. The result of all this adventurous behavior, a spicy grapefruit margarita – salty, spicy, and sweet!

Simple, Fresh Spicy Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

This margarita is very simple to make – you just need a few fresh ingredients and your favorite tequila. To me, fresh-squeezed juices make all the difference and really add to that refreshing flavor. Therefore, I 100% recommend scooping up a grapefruit (or two, you’ll probably want to make more than one batch) and a bag of limes vs. purchasing them in juice form. We also purchased a full bag of jalapeños so we could include several slices in our margaritas and have on hand for fresh made guacamole to go along with the cocktails! The perfect pairing!


4 ounces tequila
6 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
2 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 or 3 jalapeño slices
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons salt
1 lime wedge
grapefruit wedges 
seltzer water

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Step 1

Place the tequila in a cup or mason jar. Add in 2-3 jalapeño slices – seeds included. Let the jalapeños sit for 20 minutes. Remove the jalapeños from the tequila.

Step 2

Mix the chili powder and salt on a small, flat plate.

Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glasses. Then lightly dip the rims in the chili powder/salt mixture and twist to coat completely.

Step 3

Combine all the margarita ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well combined and pour it into your chili-salt rimmed glasses. Add ice to glasses prior to pouring the margarita. Top with seltzer water.

Step 4

Add a grapefruit wedge for garnish. Can add additional jalapeños as well for an extra kick!

Additional Notes:

Can soak your jalapeños in the tequila for longer if you want your margaritas even spicier!

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  1. Morgan wrote:

    Um, hi .. I’d like to put an order in with the bartender for a batch of these. Please deliver to mi NEW casa this Friday? Thanks!

    Seriously though – Coop and I will have to make these for a porch date next week!

    the HER chronicles [] http://theherchronicles.com

    Posted 4.22.20
  2. Rach wrote:

    YUM!! This sounds so delicious! I think I need to make this!


    Posted 4.22.20
  3. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    Ugh, wish I had a porch to drink on right now! But these sound SO delicious. There’s nothing I love more than a spicy marg.

    Dana | The Champagne Edit 

    Posted 4.22.20
    • just have to create the scene by the window 🙂 and same girl – spicy for the win!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 4.22.20
  4. Lisa Autumn wrote:

    OMG this sounds delish!

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    Posted 4.22.20
  5. Kaitlyn wrote:

    Yes mam! I am loving happy hour. This sounds like such an interesting twist on a margarita. I know how I’ll be celebrating cinco de mayo next month!


    Posted 4.22.20
  6. Lee wrote:

    This looks amazing! Weve been drinking watermelon margaritas lately and they’re so good. Gonna try this marg recipe next though!

    Posted 4.22.20
  7. rebecca wrote:

    okay i am definitely making these this weekend!!! my EXACT favorite tequila drink. YUM.

    xx rebecca // http://www.rebeccapiersol.me

    Posted 4.22.20
  8. Kim wrote:

    Ummmm YUM! These sound delish! I am going to have to whip some up this weekend.


    Posted 4.22.20
  9. Adding this to our happy hour drinks this week! We’ve been making more cocktails lately!


    Posted 4.22.20
  10. Rachel wrote:

    Now this is a margarita recipe I can get behind! I can’t wait to give this a try this weekend!


    Posted 4.22.20
  11. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a spicy drink…maybe a bloody mary once but this sounds so much better! xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 4.23.20
  12. Stephanie wrote:

    This sounds like such a fun drink! I’ve been doing live happy hours on my bookstagram and I’ve been trying to make unique drinks to try each time. I’ll have to test this one out sometime soon!

    Posted 4.23.20
    • Oh that is so fun! You will definitely have to try this one out – it is by far my new favorite!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 4.23.20
  13. Anna English wrote:

    Okay, these sound super yummy and might help with my margarita cravings right now!

    Posted 4.24.20
  14. Kristina wrote:

    This looks tasty minus the jalapenos- this girl just can’t do spicy!

    Posted 4.27.20
    • I use to hate spicy things and now I’m obsessed. Still trying to convince Joshua to give them a go haha.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 4.28.20
  15. Emily Wilkinson wrote:

    I am totally bookmarking this for when I can drink again! It sounds so so good!

    Posted 4.28.20

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