Simplified Grapefruit Margaritas Recipe
Cinco de Mayo seems like a worthwhile excuse for indulging in mounds of guacamole and tortilla chips, loading up on enchiladas or fish tacos, and doing it all while sitting in your backyard sipping on drinks mixed with tequila and served in mason jars.
It was a neighbor who introduced me to the simplified margarita, using only lime juice, agave, club soda or orange juice, and tequila in a salt-rimmed glass. The club soda easily became my favorite way to enjoy the drink, the light spritz of bubbles barely noticeable on your tongue, but blending the flavors of lime and gave perfectly.
This grapefruit variety is a play on that recipe, substituting with ruby red grapefruit juice to bring the sweet. If you don't have pink or ruby red grapefruit juice, you can always substitute the white variety, but you'll want to sweeten it up a bit with a few squeezes of agave nectar.
Simplified Grapefruit Margarita Recipe
1 1/2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup club soda
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup triple sec (like Cointreau)
For the salt and sugar rim:
1/4 cup kosher salt or rimming salt
2 heaping tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
4 thin grapefruit slices
In a pitcher mix together the grapefruit juice, club soda, and the lime juice. Stir in the tequila and triple sec. In a small, shallow bowl or plate, mix together the salt, sugar, and grapefruit zest. Run a grapefruit slice around the lip of each glass. Dip the top of the glass into the salt-and-sugar mix.
Add ice cubes to each glass and pour the margarita mix over the top. Serve with grapefruit slices.
Makes 4 cocktails.