It’s simple, really: there’s no better way to welcome summer than with a margarita.

It’s already reaching 90 degrees here in Austin, so I think it’s safe to say that outdoor happy hour season has officially commenced.

When it comes to cocktails, tequila drinks are my go-to – so it’s fun to spice things up and add some new flavors for an extra kick. Plus, I try to avoid the excess sugar (and accompanied headache) from restaurant versions. I intend to spend my summer alternating between our team’s two favorite margarita recipes right now:

Check out Camille’s classic margarita here!

…and scroll on for my spicy grapefruit margarita recipe. 

This spicy grapefruit margaritas came to me out of necessity one weekend when I was at the lake with my family. We all wanted a margarita, but were down to our last few limes.

I decided to get crafty with the untouched grapefruit we had stashed in the fridge, and when I brought out a few of these spicy grapefruit margaritas instead, nobody was mad by my updates to the classic.

I’ve been eyeing all of the vibrant, in-season citrus at the supermarket lately, and bonus points that the grapefruit juice here adds an extra punch of vitamin C, plus the perfect combo of tart and sweet that I crave. Plus, if you like your drinks on the spicier side, the jalapeño adds some heat to this refreshing cocktail.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

Serves 1

2 Margarita Recipes You Need in Your Life This Summer

By Camille Styles


  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 oz. topo chico (optional)
  • ¼ sliced jalapeño (depending on how spicy you prefer)
  • lime and grapefruit slices for serving
  • salt


  1. Chop a jalapeño into small slices
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add 2-3 jalapeño slices (include seeds if you like a spicier margarita).
  4. Add the tequila, grapefruit, lime juice and agave nectar.
  5. Shake well and strain into a salted glass.
  6. (optional) top with a splash of topo chico

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Comments (5)
  1. 1
    Katherine Fluor May 4, 2020 at 10:33 am

    YUM! I definitely will be making this for my mom and sisters this weekend for Mother’s Day!

  2. 2
    Kelly May 4, 2020 at 11:30 am

    SPICY MARGS!! Amazing.

  3. 3
    Cortney C Zieky June 28, 2020 at 6:52 am

    This has been my go to for years!! Nearly the same recipe but I skip the agave and I add El Naranjo orange liquer 🙂