Every year, I choose an unofficial “drink of summer” that I find myself mixing up for almost every weekend get-together at our house. The requirements for said drink are: it must be fruity, boozy, able to serve a large crowd, and most important, extremely easy to pull together since I’d rather be hanging out in the pool than stuck in the kitchen on a hot summer day. This is the margarita that I made for the Nacho Party we posted a couple months ago, and ever since, it’s become somewhat of a signature around here.

I love grapefruit, and I love a margarita with a spicy kick, so this recipe is pretty much my ideal cocktail. And it’s amazing how just throwing the sliced jalapeños into the mixture and letting them sit overnight infuses the drink with the perfect amount of kick — and on party day, all that’s left to do is pull the pitcher or punch bowl out of the fridge and drink up!

Peruse the “Mexican” section of our recipe files for some yummy menu ideas that would pair perfectly with this drink, and I’d love to hear all of your favorite margarita recipes in the comments!

*photos by Kate Zimmerman

Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita

Serves 8

Grapefruit-Jalapeño Margarita

By Camille Styles


  • 2 cups grapefruit juice (fresh-squeezed is awesome, but high-quality bottled works just fine, too!)
  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 1 cup grand marnier
  • 3/4 cup agave (more or less, depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 2 jalapeños, quartered lengthwise
  • slices from 1 large grapefruit
  • kosher salt for rims of glasses


  1. Stir all the ingredients (except salt) together in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Let chill in the fridge overnight -- the longer it sits, the spicier it gets!
  2. Strain out the jalapeños just before serving, and pour over ice into salt-rimmed glasses.

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Comments (9)
  1. 1
    Clever Girl Reviews June 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    YUM! Saving this one!

  2. 2
    Nan June 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    So perfect for the summer!
    In love with those beautiful embroidered tops.

  3. 3
    Rose Tinted Home June 1, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Did you post this specifically for my birthday – I feel like it has my name all over it! Just kidding :). This looks fabulous and I plan to make them this weekend as we do a little roof top sunning. Thank you!

    xo Rachel

    • Camille Styles June 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Sounds heavenly — have a wonderful birthday!! xo

  4. 4
    Emily June 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    These look amazing! I absolutely love the convenience of big batch cocktails for a crowd. Where are those pretty glasses from?

  5. 5
    kristen June 2, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Looks so refreshing going to make this for sure to enjoy over the summer! Where is the first dress from…the white with red embroider? Thanks

  6. 6
    Lisa June 28, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Can you tell us where you hit the serving jar?