Citrus-loaded margaritas add something sweet and sassy to the classic margarita recipe, with bursts of lemon, grapefruit, and lime.
I have to say, if there is one cocktail that is universally liked by all, it is the margarita. If you participated in Munch Madness 2015, then you know the margarita was voted most popular in the cocktail round. And while I almost exclusively prefer mocktails over alcoholic beverages these days, summer is coming and I need to indulge in something tasty, sassy, citrusy and just a little bit naughty.
Now, when it comes to margs, it pays to have some homemade margarita mix on hand if you’re going to be imbibing frequently. It’s a simple concoction of sugar, water and lime juice, mixed until the sugar is dissolved. It saves time in the long run and tastes better than the bottled stuff you’ll grab at the liquor store. Homemade is almost always better than store-bought.
However, if you’re in a pinch, you can just toss a little sugar into a glass with some lime juice. I actually prefer this method since I like my margs a little less sweet than most.
For the citrus-loaded margaritas, I used only one teaspoon of sugar per margarita.
Anything more would have been too cloying, but anything less will give you a super acidic citrus drink that is less than pleasant. Play around with the sugar in yours to suit your liking.
And so, for the meat of this drink, we’ve got lots and lots of citrus flavors. Lime, of course, but also some lemon and grapefruit. Recently, I decided that I love grapefruit juice with all of my heart after years of thinking it was disgusting. But it is so tart and bright and fresh. Such a great zing! I combined a squeeze of fresh grapefruit juice and a squeeze of fresh lemon with some San Pellegrino sodas, a bit of lime, sugar and, obvi, tequila, for a sassy and sweetly sour margarita worthy of summertime parties and bashes. You’ll be hanging on to this one all season long!
Note – if you aren’t into or don’t want to use flavored sodas, feel free to sub in seltzer water and up the amount of fresh fruit juice you’ll be using. This works extremely well, as evidenced in the ginger grapefruit faux-garita I made recently!
Citrus-loaded margaritas are refreshing no matter what glassware you serve them in, but for special occasions like Cinco de Mayo, I love these festive margarita glasses.
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- Juice of 2 limes
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Juice of 1/2 grapefruit
- Lemon and grapefruit soda (or seltzer water)
- 4 shots of tequila
- Place sugar on a plate. Run a wet finger along the rim of the glasses, then turn them upside down on the plate and twist them into the sugar, coating them. Set aside until ready to use.
- In a cocktail shaker, combine sugar, lime juice, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and tequila. Shake well until fully combined, then divide between the glasses.
- Fill the glasses with ice, then top with lemon and grapefruit sodas. You’ll use approximately 2 cans of each for 4 cocktails.
So what should you eat with your citrus-loaded margaritas?