Sunday is National Margarita Day, so who are we not to celebrate?

I love this recipe for it's 'fire & ice' potential...meaning lots of ways to switch it up!

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The typical margarita is made with tequila, fresh lime juice, and triple sec (orange liqueur.)

Don't even try this with pre-made margarita mix, because no, yuck, and no.

I'm using grapefruit for this because well, they're in season now, and I've been on a fresh grapefruit kick lately!

If you get a really good red grapefruit, you don't need to add sugar to enjoy them -- they are awesome all on their own! Now let's get to mixing!

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz tequila blanco
  • 1 oz. blood orange liqueur (like Solerno)
  • 1.5 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice (if you can do fresh-squeezed, even better!)
  • .5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • .5 oz. agave nectar (optional)
  • coarse salt (optional), to garnish
  • sugar (optional), to garnish
  • fresh grapefruit slice, to garnish

If desired, rim a margarita glass with a slice of fresh grapefruit, and dip it into either coarse salt or sugar. Shake all remaining ingredients over ice, and carefully pour into the glass. (Use the agave nectar if you want a sweeter drink, or if your fresh juice is more sour than sweet.) Sip, sip, sip away!

Switch it up:

Fire: Spice it up by muddling a slice or two of fresh jalapeno with a touch of lime juice in your shaker, then continue to make the drink as usual. Garnish with chipotle salt!
Ice: If this weather isn't cold enough for you, make things even colder by throwing all the ingriedients into a blender with ice! Garnish your frosty treat as desired
Use more or less grapefruit juice (or tequila!) to suit your tastes.

*Please drink responsibly.*