Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas

Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas are a recipe served with love from my back porch. Sorry kitchen table—you’ve been replaced.

Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas. SO refreshing!

While the kitchen table can boast its position as the heartbeat of our home most of the year, in precious spring and summer, I play favorites, and the porch is my sacred spot. If you came to visit me, we’ll drag the kitchen chairs outside, eat too much chips and salsa, and help ourselves to a big pitcher of Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas. After the sun goes down, we’ll wrap ourselves in blankets and ignore the cool evening air. Just when you should be heading home, I’ll offer to pour us another round. Please say yes.

Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas

Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas

Margaritas are my warm-weather drink. Every sip tastes of lazy days, bright sunshine, and long nights spent laughing and talking with friends. Whenever I need a bust of summer, I can count on the margarita’s fresh, punchy flavor to transport me to a warmer place with fewer worries. While I might occasionally wish that place to be Mexico, right now I’m perfectly content with my back porch.

Though I believe a well-made classic margarita always deserves the reaction of ahhhhhhh, I feel no need to limit myself to only the traditional iteration, especially when we have so much back porch sitting to accomplish. Today’s pretty pink grapefruit margarita is a flirty, fresh twist on the classic. The fresh grapefruit juice adds an extra dimension of citrusy tartness, and a finishing splash of club soda brings bubbly fun.

Two important warnings: One, I’m an unapologetic margarita snob. When making these grapefruit margaritas, only use freshly squeezed fruit juice. If you must, bottled grapefruit juice is OK (as long as it’s the kind that’s found in the refrigerated section and not in the aisle with the unrefrigerated juice—I like Simply Grapefruit), but never ever use the lime juice that comes in those plastic little bottles. It will taste flat and completely unlike the vibrant, fresh, back porch-worthy grapefruit margarita we are after.

Grapefruit Margarita. Easy and perfect!

Two, I tend to like my margaritas on the tart side, so if this recipe has too much pucker for your taste, add a half teaspoon or so of light agave to reach your desired level of sweetness.

On the topic of sweet, I am thrilled to be sharing this pretty pink recipe in honor of one of my dearest friends and fellow margarita lover, Christina of Dessert for Two. She and her husband Brian are expecting their first baby in a few short weeks, a darling girl to be named Camille. Christina, I love you dearly and am so happy for you and your growing family! Though I’ll have to mix you a virgin grapefruit margarita for now, very soon we can all celebrate with the real-deal.

Grapefruit Margaritas for a virtual girl baby shower

A group of wonderful bloggers has joined me for the virtual shower festivities. Don’t miss their lovely recipes, linked at the bottom at this post.

Fizzy Pink Grapefruit Margaritas. The is the best margarita recipe! So refreshing

To warm evenings and joyful celebrations ahead: wishing you conversations worth staying up too late to have with friends whom you cherish and an extra round of Fizzy Grapefruit Margaritas to keep you company.

Fizzy Grapefruit Margarita

A fun, flirty twist on a classic margarita recipe, this pink grapefruit margarita is so refreshing and perfect for any party!

Yield: 1 margarita

Total Time: 5 mintues

Ingredients:

For each margarita:

  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (about 1/2 large grapefruit)
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1 large lime)
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liqueur, such as triple sec or Grand Marnier
  • Splash club soda

For the rims and garnish:

  • 1 part kosher salt
  • 1 part granulated sugar
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Small grapefruit wedges, for garnish
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Begin by preparing the glasses: Place the sugar and salt on a small plate. Run a lime wedge around the edge of the glasses to moisten them, then tap the edges of the glass in the sugar/salt mixture so that it sticks. Fill with desired amount of ice and set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker or lid with a tightly fitting jar, add the lime juice, grapefruit juice, tequila, and triple sec. Top off the shaker with ice, then close the lid and shake vigorously. Strain margarita into the prepared glasses, then top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with lime and grapefruit wedges. Enjoy immediately.

To make a large batch, stir all of the ingredients except for the club soda together in a pitcher and refrigerate. When ready to serve, fill individual glasses with ice, pour in the margarita mixture, then top each glass with a splash of club soda. Alternatively, you can add ice and the club soda to the whole pitcher just before serving.

The recipe as written will yield a more tart margarita. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add a half teaspoon light agave nectar, to taste.

I am also sharing this recipe on the Tablespoon blog, where I am a contributor.

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Don’t miss the rest of our virtual shower recipes. What a party!

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

36 comments

  1. Love that these are fizzy – I bet they are so refreshing! Thanks for organizing this for Christina! You’re the bomb. :)

  2. Ahhhhh!!! What are you up to?! Thank you SO much! This drink is my personal idea of Heaven! Bring me one in the hospital, please?

    Thanks So Much!! I love ya too!!!!!! XOXOXO

  3. I knew I liked you from the moment I met you because we both prefer margaritas during warm weather days, and sans all the sugary ones! Until our paths cross, let’s virtually cheers with these pretty pink margs ;) 

  4. Ahh ! I love virtual baby showers and Christina is a total sweetheart! Awesome job to all you ladies for organizing it. And uhhh, these margs. You won’t mind or even notice if I just steal those glasses right outta me screen will you? Holy cow, girl they’re gorgeous!

  5. Yes pleaseee to these! I love a good margarita and sunshine on a patio, love it! 

  6. Ok, fresh juice is the only way to go! It is totally what makes the best margarita! I just had one the other day at a restaurant and you could tell it was a mix! Blah!

    Wish I had one of these right now! WE might need to make these in July :)

  7. Ahhhhh….I want to sit on the back porch and sip one of these lovely margs! Thanks again for putting everything together! 

  8. I loooove margaritas, and I looooove grapefruit and I also love porch season, so clearly I’m all about this post! Is it after 5 yet?

  9. Virtual baby showers are so fun! This margarita is perfect for a warm back porch kind of day!

  10. This is just how I like my drinks! I can’t wait to spend all summer sipping on these:-) Thanks for organizing the wonderful shower!

  11. Patricia Shepard Reply

    How did you know what I wanted for my birthday (today), Erin? WOW, this is so pretty and refreshing looking! There have been some fine grapefruits around lately so I’ve been enjoying them lots — they do need tequila, though. I’m in your friend’s shoes (about to have a baby) so I’m bookmarking this one for a few weeks for now. With extra tequila, please. ;-)

  12. Mmmmm grapefruit margs on the back porch sounds like perfection! They are gorgeous and look oh so yummy!

  13. woah, these looks so fresh and delicious!! thanks for sharing, i’ll definitely be making these soon! 

  14. It’s that time of the year :) I wore a dress today… without tights! So exciting haha. Love this fun drink, and I’m obsessed with grapefruit !

  15. LOVE these margaritas!  That is one of my favorite drinks ever and grapefruit ones in particular make my heart sing.  Thank you so much for organizing this fantastic shower!!

  16. These are perfect for celebrating sweet Tina and her bebe! I love the color. Marg me, please!

  17. What a lineup of recipes – quite a shower! :) I love the sound of these margaritas, Erin. In fact, I know it’s Tuesday at 5:09pm and I could go for one right about now. I completely agree btw, fresh squeezed juice in margaritas makes a world of difference!

  18. These look like my absolutely favorite drink ever! I will absolutely be recreating them for Cinco de Mayo!

  19. That drink looks so refreshing and delicious! I love the grapefruit flavor! Pinned :)

  20. I want to come to your house this summer and lounge on your patio with endless chips, salsa and these margs!! I think we can invite Christina and Camille, too ;)

  21. Oh these are just lovely and perfect for a shower!! I want a glass (or two!!) please!

  22. Clinks and cheers and baby toes to this pretty drink!

  23. I am a HUGE margarita fan.  This looks insanely perfect to enjoy on the back patio now that the snow has finally melted and I can see my grill again!  Happy hour on Friday can’t come fast enough so I can whip these up!

  24. Eeek, these look so lovely! I haven’t had many drinks made with grapefruit, but these look incredible. And I just love you guys celebrating Christina! So many of my favorite bloggers all coming together :)

  25. my most favorite margarita recipe is eat, live, run’s spicy grapefruit margarita. so for those who don’t like the spicy part that I love in that one , I imagine this recipe would be perfect! yummmm grapefruit!

  26. These are so so pretty! Love the pretty pink color! So sweet and perfect for a baby shower :)

  27. This is probably the prettiest cocktail I’ve ever seen. And I want it SO bad! I wish we could enjoy it together at a real baby shower!

  28. If you see someone snooping around your back porch don’t mind me, I’ll just be looking for some of these margaritas!

  29. Does it get any better than this?! I think not.  These sound perfect in every way!!

  30. This is one of my favorite drinks! I also love Deep Eddy ruby red vodka and 1/2 shot elderflower liquer in place of the other alcohols here, and a little less lime. It is so delicious!

  31. these are beautiful! I love grapefruit based drinks.  your web site looks great, too! take care :-) ~ Kale

  32. These are so very good–equal parts refreshing and boozy. My family and I enjoyed a pitcher of these this evening and everyone loved them. Thanks for the great recipe, Erin! 

  33. These would go so well in my cocktail dispenser made by these guys : http://www.thebeergiraffe.com/en/what-is-a-beer-tower/

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