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Grapefruit margarita garnished with cucumber and mint on a brown table.

The Best Fresh Grapefruit Margarita

  • Author: Pate Giltner
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This is the perfect fresh grapefruit margarita! It's more than tart than sweet, as all margaritas should be, and it's bursting with fresh grapefruit and lime flavor!


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For the Margarita 

  1. 2 oz good tequila
  2. 2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
  3. 1 oz fresh lime juice
  4. 1 oz Giffard grapefruit liqueur
  5. 1 oz simple syrup
  6. 2 tbs sea salt - to rim the glass


  1. Mix the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, grapefruit liqueur, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and shake well. 
  2. For the salt rim, pour the sea salt on a plate and press the dampened rim of your glass into the mixture.
  3. Pour the shaken margarita over ice in the salted glass. Garnish with mint, lime, and cucumber. 


  • Make simple syrup by cooking 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small pot on medium heat until all the sugar had melted.
  • Use a lime wedge to rim the edge of the glass and then roll the lime-soaked rim in salt. Use sea salt flakes for a more dramatic effect. 
  • Really shake your margarita in the cocktail shaker to get a nice foam top.
  • Garnish with mint, cucumber, and a slice of lime! 

Keywords: Fresh Grapefruit Margarita