Are you looking to change up your margarita game? This grapefruit mint margarita will definitely impress. No mixes with nasty preservatives – just simple, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, a few more ingredients and a wee bit of time is all it takes to get this refreshing drink into hand.
Another Margarita Drink?
Yes! I know you’ve probably tried a thousand margarita variations, but trust me on this one – the flavors blend and compliment one another superbly. It’s as though mint, tequila, and grapefruit are just meant to be. And grapefruit is experiencing quite the impressive come back. With the rise in popularity of La Croix’s pamplemousse, and the increasing supply of Paloma and Greyhound recipes (such as this one from my friend Ben’s blog) gracing the internet, it’s safe to say that this ruby-fleshed beauty has secured its spot on the mixology scene.
So what exactly is a Paloma? It’s typically a grapefruit seltzer and tequila based drink with lime. This one’s a little different though as I’ve added my own twist. Going the extra 3 minutes – really, just need some fresh grapefruit juice, will make all the difference. The tartness of the fresh squeezed grapefruit juice can’t be equaled by a grapefruit seltzer. The brightness of the lime and the salt on the rim complete this tasty grapefruit mint margarita.
This drink can definitely stand on its own, but if you’re looking to pair it with food, Mexican cuisine is absolutely the way to go. I’m thinking spicy barbacoa tacos, or even some Mexican street corn. The freshness of this drink would perfectly compliment the deep, complex flavors of a mole poblano if that is on your menu. I always enjoy pairing cocktails with the food that is being prepared, it just adds to the wow factor.
Ingredients for the Grapefruit Mint Margarita:
Simple fresh ingredients are all that’s needed to make this quick cocktail. One grapefruit, 3 limes, tequila, triple sec, fresh mint, kosher salt, and ice complete the list. The recipe I will provide makes 2 drinks so plan accordingly if you are having a dinner party.
Start by muddling some mint. What does that mean, you ask? It means that 4 mint leaves will be placed in a cocktail shaker and smashed to release the mint’s flavor and aroma. Use the back of a wooden spoon if you don’t have one of these.
Next add the fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, triple sec, and ice to the shaker with the muddled mint. If you want a salted glass, now is the time to do it, otherwise continue on. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds, strain and pour over fresh ice. Garnish with a few fresh mint leaves. You’re finished and ready for the first sip. Cheers my friends, and please drink responsibly.
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Refreshing grapefruit mint margarita cocktail.
- 6 oz tequila .....white or gold are both fine.
- 3 oz triple sec
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
- 6 mint leaves .....4 mint leaves for muddling plus a few more for garnish
Muddle mint leaves with lime juice in shaker.
Add grapefruit juice, tequila, triple sec, and 1 cup of ice to shaker.
Salt rims of glasses if desired
Shake, strain, and pour over fresh ice.
Garnish with 1-2 mint leaves per drink.
This recipe makes 2 drinks.
If you absolutely cannot get your hands on fresh grapefruits, you can use bottled. I'd recommend using either Simply Grapefruit, or Trader Joe's Villa Italia grapefruit soda.
Alternatively, you can make this drink non-alcoholic by simply eliminating the tequila and triple sec and replacing it with some lime or grapefruit seltzer.