Yellow Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

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The most refreshing yellow grapefruit margarita recipe. This drink is the perfect summer cocktail! It’s light and full of citrus flavors. If you can’t find the yellow grapefruit, try pink grapefruit will work too! Both will work wonderfully in this recipe.

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The other day, my friend brought me a bag full of yellow grapefruit. Did you know grapefruit come in a range of colors from yellow, white to pink? Yellow grapefruits are sweet and juicy and perfect for margaritas!

I’m usually a pink grapefruit kind of gal, but when I tasted these, I couldn’t believe how refreshing and delicious they are. When life gives you yellow grapefruit… make a yellow grapefruit margarita, right?!

Also, check out all of our favorite tequila cocktails and best margarita recipes!

A Breif History on the Margarita

Margarita history starts with Margaret Sames. In 1948, she invited some guests over for a cocktail party and decided to experiment with some alcohol.

She mixed Cointreau and tequila with a bit of lime and salt around the edge of the glass.

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How to Make this Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

This recipe is a twist on the classic margarita. It has the perfect grapefruit, citrus flavor and feels like spring in a glass.  


  • Grapefruit Juice – Pink or yellow grapefruit will work for this recipe.
  • Sugar – Instead of simple syrup we add the sugar straight into the cocktail shaker. Since grapefruit is already sweet, this recipe doesn’t need too much extra sweetener.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh squeezed lime jucie.
  • Tequila – Blanco or reposado

Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds.

When to Serve a Grapefruit Margarita

It’s always a good time to serve a margarita! This recipe is the perfect pairing to our giant taco salad, nachos and Mexican fruit platter. It’s also great for these occasions:

Cinco de Mayo


Pool Party 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Tropical Party

Best Tequila for a Margarita

Here are a few of our favorite tequilas. You can purchase these at any beverage store and at most grocery stores. Similarly, they’re all affordable and good quality.

Casamigos Blanco Tequila – Crisp with hints of vanilla. It’s a very good tequila to sip too.

Cazodores Tequila Reposado

Espolòn Reposada Tequila Blanco or Gold

Hornitos Reposado Tequila 

El Destilador Silver Tequila – Very affordable

Tips for Making a Grapefruit Margarita

  • Add more or less tequila, depending on how strong you like it.
  • If you want a pink cocktail, use ruby grapefruit to make this recipe.
  • Make sure to shake with ice to dilute the ingredients.
  • Multiply this recipe by the number of guests you have to make a batch cocktail.
  • Add a slice of jalapeño for a grapefruit jalapeño margarita.
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More Grapefruit Cocktails

If you love grapefruit, try our sparkling bikini grapefruit cocktail and our frozen paloma!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you mix grapefruit and alcohol?

Yes! There are several cocktails that mix grapefruit and alcohol like a classic Paloma and a grapefruit margarita. Grapefruit is a citrus juice that is sweet and tart. It’s the perfect mixer for spirits.

What spice goes with grapefruit?

Grapefruit pairs nicely with many spices such as jalapeno and ginger for heat and ground spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Add any of these spices to a cocktail recipe for an extra kick.

More Magarita Recipes

In addition to our yellow grapefruit margaritas, we also have some other incredible recipes to try!

Fruity Frozen Margaritas 

Blackberry Margarita Punch 

Yellow Grapefruit 

Honeydew Margarita 

Coconut Margarita Recipe

Lemon Margarita Recipe

Sparkling Margarita Recipe

Margarita Mocktail

Frozen Mango Margaritas

Additionally, check out a charming way to serve a mini margarita and our four delicious agua fresca recipes

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Our yellow grapefruit margarita is the perfect summer cocktail and is light and refreshing! If you can't find the yellow grapefruit, the pink grapefruit will work too!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 159kcal
Author: Eden


  • 1 cup grapefruit juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2.5 ounces tequila, blanco or reposado


  • Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Salt the rim of your glasses, then strain the cocktail over ice.
  • Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and enjoy that yummy goodness!


Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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