Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

by | Jan 15, 2018 | All, Tequila

It can feel like summer inside even if it’s cold outside with a pitcher of these gorgeous and refreshing Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas!

Glasses of Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas with a salty and sweet chili powder rim. Garnished with fresh lime and grapefruit wedges and jalapeno slices. There really isn’t anything that can’t be improved by a good margarita, especially when we’re knee-deep in crazy cold winter weather. And with juicy grapefruit hitting its peak season right now, there’s no better time to whip up a batch of these Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas. It’s one of the tastiest ways I know to banish the winter blahs.

These Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas get their kick from muddling jalapeno slices to release their oils plus an irresistible sweet and salty chili powder rim. I think it’s just the right balance of heat from the peppers and chili and tang from the grapefruit and lime juices. The drink stays nice and smooth thanks to a little agave nectar for the perfect amount of sweet. Fortunately for all of those spice-averse friends out there, you can control the heat of these Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas by adding fewer jalapeno slices or skipping the chili rim entirely.

Tip: Fresh grapefruit juice is the only way to go with this margarita recipe. I know it’s tempting to grab a bottled variety, but trust me; nothing beats the flavor of the fresh stuff, especially when it’s the star of this cocktail.

Need a batch cocktail for your next game day party? You can make these Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas in advance just like another of our favorite citrus margs – these Blood Orange Margaritas. All that’s left to do when the game starts is give the pitcher of these pale pink beauties a quick stir. Gotta love any recipe that keeps party prep easy!

Two glasses of Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas with a salty chili rim on a white wooden board. Garnished with wedges of ruby red grapefruit and fresh jalapeno slices.


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A pitcher of these Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas is a perfect batch cocktail for game day or happy hour!


Yield: 8

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Add some color to your happy hour with these pretty-in-pink Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  • 10-12 fresh jalapeno slices
  • 4 ounces agave nectar
  • 8 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 16 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 16 ounces silver tequila
  • Lime wedges

Chili salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder


  1. Place jalapeno slices, agave nectar and lime juice in a large pitcher. Gently muddle the jalapeno slices with the agave and lime juice. Pour in grapefruit juice and tequila. Stir until combined.
  2. Combine chili salt ingredients on a shallow plate. Rim 8 lowball glasses with juice from lime wedges and then dip the rims in the chili salt until mixture. 
  3. Fill glasses with ice. Evenly divide margaritas among the 8 chili salt-rimmed glasses and serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 414mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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