grapefruit jalapeño margarita

Two glasses of grapefruit jalapeno margaritas with salted rims sitting on a green napkin.

It doesn’t have to be Cinco de Mayo to serve margaritas. Shake up a few of these babies and the atmosphere spontaneously becomes festive—all you need are some chips and homemade salsa to keep the party going. Olé! If you love margaritas, you will love this jalapeño-infused version even more. Sombreros off to Leslie Heller for sharing her method with me.

grapefruit jalapeño margarita

Serves: 1
Cooking Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 jalapeño pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup tequila, for infusing
  • ¼ cup coarse salt,
  • for garnishing glasses
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • ½ grapefruit, juiced (about ½ cup)
  • 1½ ounces tequila (1 shot)
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • 1 cup ice



Soak the jalapeño slices in the tequila overnight or for at least 4 hours.


Spread the salt in a shallow bowl. Dampen the rim of a glass, and dip it into the salt.


Pour the lime juice, grapefruit juice, tequila, and agave syrup into a shaker.


Shake vigorously to incorporate the agave. Add the ice to the shaker and shake for 45 seconds (the icy cold temperature is the secret to making this drink a success).


Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice or a chilled margarita glass and garnish with one or two infused jalapeño slices.

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Lorelle Shearer
    May 4, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Well – yumm!

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