The Great Grapefruit Margarita #NationalMargaritaDay

Happy National Margarita Day!

My good friend Heather (aka girlichef) is hosting a virtual margarita party and has invited a few of her food blogging friends, myself included. It's a virtual potluck with lots of tequila, lime juice and salt. Of course there are plenty of cocktails, but we also have some tasty margarita-inspired goodies like cupcakes, donuts, tacos, and chicken wings. Swoon! 

My contribution to this Margarita-palooza is my recipe for Grapefruit Margaritas sweetened with a Brown Sugar Simple Syrup.

I LOVE grapefruit juice, and have one with my breakfast almost every morning. My hubby on the other hand does not care for grapefruit juice at all. Or so he thought. After mixing him up one of these grapefruit margaritas one evening with some leftover grapefruit juice I had, Hubby quickly changed his tune. Now whenever I make (or buy) grapefruit juice Hubby always asks that I make extra for him, although I'm pretty sure he just wants to make sure there's enough juice leftover to make a margarita at the end of the day. And I can't say that I blame him. These margaritas are tart and sweet and absolutely delicious.

Grapefruit Margarita / Margarita de Toronja -

Grapefruit Margaritas

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • Lime wedges
  • Salt
  • 4 cups fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups tequila* (Depending on how strong you like your margarita) (I used Reposado)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Ice

Prepare the Brown Sugar Simple Syrup by combining the water and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and let cool to warm temperature.

Moisten rims of 4 to 6 glasses with lime wedges. Dip moistened rims in salt. Chill glasses in freezer until ready to serve.

In a pitcher combine the grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, and the Brown Sugar Simple Syrup. Stir to mix well. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses. ¡Salud!

Receta en español 

Margarita de Toronja / Grapefruit Margarita -

Be sure to check out these delicious margarita-inspired recipes from our friends around the blogsphere. Cheers! 


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  1. I love that you made a brown sugar simple syrup here. I think these would get my hubby to eat grapefruit too!

  2. Great idea with the brown sugar simple syrup, it would pair so nicely with the grapefruit. Happy Margarita Day!!

  3. Oh, brown sugar syrup and grapefruit - what an absolutely perfect combination (no wonder hubby is a convert)! I'm adding these to my menu very very soon, mi amiga - salud!

  4. I never thought to make a brown sugar simple syrup but I LOVE the idea! Happy National Margarita Day!!

  5. such a sunshiny marg! I've never thought of brown sugar've just opened up a whole new world for me! Happy National Margarita Day!

  6. Oh, why have I never had a grapefruit margarita??? Yours looks spectacular!

  7. As luck would have it...I have grapefruits in my fruit bowl. A-ha! Thanks for sharing with National Margarita Day!

  8. I love that citrus is coming into season!! And brown sugar is such a great twist too!

  9. I love grapefruit juice too, so I know I would love this!

  10. I'll bet this has a nice little pucker to it. Its sounds delicious. Happy Margarita Day!!

  11. Leslie, I love this! It sounds like the perfect combo of sweet 'n tart. I've never had a brown sugar simple syrup. I can't wait to make it and make lots of cocktails with it ;) I hope you had a fabulous Margarita Day!

  12. Yea -- another grapefruit margie mix!

  13. I'm on a big grapefruit cocktail kick lately, and these look fantastic!!

  14. How perfect with brown sugar simple syrup! I love the sound of this margarita. Thank you for the idea!

  15. If I cant find brown sugar (or molasses either) , should j use piloncillo, azucr mascabado or white sugar in its place? Trying soon!

  16. Hi Tricia! For this recipe I use azúcar mascabado. :D