Grapefruit Rita Margarita Recipe

by Sahirenys Pierce

I find it so fun to spice up a classic margarita with some of my fresh-pressed juices. This Grapefruit Rita Margarita is just that, it’s a delightful splash of pink to change up your margarita. This citrus queen of a drink is a must try! Whether you’re entertaining at home or just want to get into the spring or summer mood this grapefruit rita is just the trick. 

Now I will admit that it’s a bit strong on tequila, but the agave cuts the edge unnoticeably. If you don’t have agave, you can use honey or make a homemade simple syrup of equal parts water and sugar. As I said, the drink is heavy on the tequila, so please make sure you’re enjoying it responsibly. 


Juicing Method

When it comes to juicing the grapefruit you have two options. I find it easier to use a manual citrus juice press that I just twist the juice out of. I got my citrus press years ago and use it to make quick fresh juice without having to dirty much up. The other option you have that I also do is using your cold press juicer machine. Right after making my family’s healthy juices, I usually make a batch of fun juices to create mixed drinks. Since you’re already juicing, it doesn’t take more effort to quickly juice a grapefruit to enjoy for this margarita recipe.


Ingredients For Grapefruit Rita Margarita

Recipe is based on shots, 1 shot = 1.25 oz for an easy to follow reference.

  • 1 shot of Grapefruit juice
  • 2 shots of Tequila of your choice (Reposado preferred)
  • 1 shot of Orange Liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec)
  • ½ shot of Lime juice
  • 1 tbsp of Agave (optional)
  • Ice Cubes

Decor Ingredients

  • Margarita salt or kosher salt for rim
  • ½ Lime to wet the cup rim
  • Sliced limes for cup rim 


Recipe For Grapefruit Rita Margarita

  1. You will need 1 grapefruit cut in half, and 1 Lime cut in half.
  2. With a citrus juicer, press and twist the juice out of the grapefruit, the lime, and then put the juice to the side.
  3. Get your cocktail shaker or mixing cup and add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, agave, and your shots of grapefruit juice.
  4. I personally add some ice to the cocktail shaker to really get the drink going.
  5. For decor, use half lime to rub the rim of your margarita glass.
  6. Then on a small plate put a few shakes of salt on it to dip your lime rubbed glass to get salted.
  7. Lastly, add 5 ice cubes, pour your margarita in, and enjoy responsibly.

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