I must confess, tequila and I are not the closest of friends. In fact, during my college years it was a downright contentious relationship that leaves me wary to this day. Despite our difficult history, I still like to enjoy margarita 2 or 3 times a year, especially around Cinco de Mayo, but I am picky about my margaritas. I am not a fan of overly sweet margaritas made with sweet and sour mix or pre-made margarita mixers. I like fresh lime juice, Triple Sec, a 100% agave tequila, and a little agave syrup or fruit juice for sweetness. Simple and clean. This recipe, adapted from Ina Garten, use a natural sweet and sour mix – fresh grapefruit juice – to make a light refreshing margarita perfect with tacos or nachos this Cinqo de Mayo.
Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita
2-3 large ruby red grapefruit juice
1 cup orange liqueur, such a Triple Sec
1 cup white Tequila
Extra lime wedges
Kosher salt, optional
Juice grapefruits and limes. You will need approximately 1 cup of grapefruit juice and half a cup of lime juice. Poor juices, tequila, and triple sec into a pitcher. If making a few hours in advance, place in refrigerator to chill. If serving immediately, shake over ice and strain into a glass rimmed with salt.* Add a few ice cubes and serve.
*To salt your glass, poor a thin layer of salt on to a plate. Rub a lime wedge along the rim of the glass and dip into the salt.