Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

By Timo Torner / Last updated on March 24, 2022 
This Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is a perfect alternative to a classic Margarita cocktail. Jalapeño infused Tequila combined with freshly squeezed juices make this drink refreshing and irresistible.

If there's one way to make a traditional Margarita even better, it's adding a bit of spice to it. And with this Spicy Grapefruit Margarita, we're not only bringing some spice into the drink but also balancing it with some fresh grapefruit juice. Together with a twist on the classic salt rim, this spicy Margarita alternative is an excellent cocktail to enjoy on a hot summer day.

The classic Margarita cocktail is already one hell of a crowd favorite. The fresh and tangy lime juice mixed with 100% agave Tequila and Cointreau always is a winner. The famous Tommy's Margarita is another brilliant twist. It omits the triple sec/Cointreau part and only consists of lime juice, agave nectar, and Tequila.

And the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is one more winner-cocktail on that list. Learn how to make this spicy drink based on jalapeño-infused Tequila.

Jalapeño infused Tequila

For the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita cocktail, we need jalapeño infused Tequila. Infusing spirits is a great way to bring additional flavors and spice to cocktails. In the case of this jalapeño infused Tequila, we also add some heat into the base spirit. And don't worry, it's easier than one might think. All you need is a little patience.

But let's begin with the Tequila. Make sure to use a quality, 100%-agave Tequila as a base. A Tequila Blanco or Reposado works fine, no need to get an añejo. For one regular bottle of Tequila (750ml), we need three medium-sized jalapeño peppers. The second thing we need is a big jar with an airtight lid.

Finely slice the jalapeño peppers and put them into the clean jar. Pour the Tequila on top and close the lid. Once sealed, shake the jar and store it in a dark place for at least 24 hours. The longer the infusion, the spicier and hotter the Tequila will be. I like to infuse my Tequila for a week. Shake the jar every two to three days to mix the ingredients.

The result is a spicy hot Tequila that makes the perfect base for our Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas. You can read more about it in our article on how to make Jalapeño infused Tequila.

Ingredients of a Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

The jalapeño infused Tequila is the star of the cocktail. But to let it shine, we need some more ingredients, like some fresh juices. Lime juice is essential for any kind of Margarita, and together with fresh grapefruit juice, it adds some superb citrus notes to the drink.

Agave nectar gives the necessary sweetness to balance this cocktail. In contrast to regular simple syrup, agave nectar also enhances the agave notes from the Tequila. Especially when infusing the Tequila with jalapeño, a little bit of extra agave flavor doesn't hurt.

The final touch to the cocktail is two or three finely sliced fresh jalapenos, added just before serving.

Spicy salt rim

The salt rim on a classic Margarita is a beautiful thing. And salt is also used in other Mexican cocktail recipes, for instance, in the traditional Cantarito. However, for the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita, we don't use a standard rim but will spice it up with a homemade mix.

And for this rim mix, we need chili powder, coconut sugar, and salt. Sea salt or -even better- fleur de sel is my preferred salt to use when creating salt rims for Margaritas. The taste is much more restrained and has less bite than ordinary iodized salt. The chili powder and coconut sugar add just the right amount of sweetness, spice to the typically Margarita-saltiness. You can also use regular granulated sugar if you don't have coconut sugar at hand.

Use equal measures of the three rim ingredients and mix them before preparing your cocktails.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

A spicy twist on the traditional Margarita, made with jalapeño infused Tequila and a spicy salt & chili rim.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Jalapeno, Tequila
Servings: 1
Calories: 202kcal
Cost: $2.25


  • 1.5 oz Jalapeño infused Tequila
  • 2 oz Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz Agave nectar
  • 2-3 slices Jalapeño
  • 1 tsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Coconut sugar (alternatively regular granulated sugar)
  • 1 tsp Fleur de sel (alternatively sea or kosher salt)
  • 1 wedge Lime


  • Prepare the salt rim by mixing chili powder, sugar, and salt on a small plate.
  • Use the lime wedge to rim the glass and apply the spicy salt rim.
  • Add Tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and agave nectar to your cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
  • Shake until well-chilled and strain into prepared glasses over ice.
  • Garnish with sliced jalapeño and an optional slice of grapefruit or lime.


Serving: 5.5oz | Calories: 202kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Sodium: 6200mg | Potassium: 418mg | Sugar: 66g | Vitamin C: 106mg | Calcium: 50mg
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