Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

Spicy grapefruit margarita cinco de mayo
📷: Milou & Olin

I wanted to share our favorite margarita recipe for those of you celebrating Cinco de Mayo (or just Friday)! We love these so much they were one of our signature drinks at our wedding. Often spicy margaritas are made with jalapenos, but we prefer the smoky kick that cayenne simple syrup gives these.

First things first you’ve got to whip up your simple syrup. Like the name implies it’s super simple and once I realized how quick (and cheap!) it was to make my own I never looked back.

Cayenne Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (more if you’re feelin’ spicy!)

This recipe makes extra because once you taste one of these spicy margaritas you’re gonna want another. It takes longer for the simple syrup to cool than it does to make it so you’ll thank yourself for having some extra on hand. I store leftovers in these glass bottles and label the concoction with these chalkboard labels and this pen (instead of actual chalk). I’m pretty confident you’ll finish this simple syrup before it goes bad, but for safety’s sake, it should last about a month in the fridge.

Directions: Heat water, sugar, and cayenne in a saucepan until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow the mix to chill in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

That’s it. Promised it was easy.

Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas

  • 1.5 oz silver tequila
  • 1oz cayenne simple syrup
  • 4oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
    • No time to juice your own grapefruits? You did just make your own simple syrup after all. Trader Joe’s has a good option in their cold section that contains only ruby red grapefruit juice. If you’re going store bought just be sure to check your labels as many contain more grape or apple juice than grapefruit.

Combine all ingredients and use a big old ice cube cause you’re fancy like that. My coworkers can also attest that this recipe is great in a big batch if you’re serving a crowd (kind of partial to this copper pineapple dispenser that’s on sale).

Custom drink stirrers from tulleANDtwig. I’m obsessed with Rita’s shop and just found at least 16 other things I need.

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