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April 25, 2013


Skinnygirl Cocktails

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  • 5 Skinnygirl® Sweet ‘n Tart Grapefruit Margarita
  • Orange or lime wheel, for garnish


Pour Skinnygirl® Sweet ‘n Tart Grapefruit Margarita in glass over ice.

Garnish with a fresh orange or lime wheel. Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving389

Total Fat1g2%





Vitamin A24µg3%

Vitamin B60.5mg25.4%

Vitamin C393mg100%

Vitamin E2mg8%



Folate (food)118µgN/A

Folate equivalent (total)118µg30%




Niacin (B3)3mg16%




Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg13.9%

Thiamin (B1)0.4mg29.1%


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Sweet ‘n Tart Grapefruit Margarita Recipe - Recipes

Happy National Margarita Day!

My good friend Heather (aka girlichef) is hosting a virtual margarita party and has invited a few of her food blogging friends, myself included. It's a virtual potluck with lots of tequila, lime juice and salt. Of course there are plenty of cocktails, but we also have some tasty margarita-inspired goodies like cupcakes, donuts, tacos, and chicken wings. Swoon!

My contribution to this Margarita-palooza is my recipe for Grapefruit Margaritas sweetened with a Brown Sugar Simple Syrup.

I LOVE grapefruit juice, and have one with my breakfast almost every morning. My hubby on the other hand does not care for grapefruit juice at all. Or so he thought. After mixing him up one of these grapefruit margaritas one evening with some leftover grapefruit juice I had, Hubby quickly changed his tune. Now whenever I make (or buy) grapefruit juice Hubby always asks that I make extra for him, although I'm pretty sure he just wants to make sure there's enough juice leftover to make a margarita at the end of the day. And I can't say that I blame him. These margaritas are tart and sweet and absolutely delicious.

Grapefruit Margaritas

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • Lime wedges
  • Salt
  • 4 cups fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups tequila* (Depending on how strong you like your margarita) (I used Reposado)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • Ice

Moisten rims of 4 to 6 glasses with lime wedges. Dip moistened rims in salt. Chill glasses in freezer until ready to serve.

In a pitcher combine the grapefruit juice, tequila, lime juice, and the Brown Sugar Simple Syrup. Stir to mix well. Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses. ¡Salud!

Be sure to check out these delicious margarita-inspired recipes from our friends around the blogsphere. Cheers!

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Sweet, juicy blackberries make for one pretty purple drink.

If desired, garnish this spicy margarita recipe with a wedge of grilled pineapple and a chile slice. Still looking for more options? We've got a fizzy blackberry-thyme variation as well.

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Cocktails At 6 :: Vanilla Grapefruit Margarita

Oh man, you guys. Summer has really hit us this year in Seattle (melting!), and more than ever I'm craving cocktails on our hot hot patio. Yummy, easy, refreshing cocktails. preferably on the skinny side so that I can still squeeze into my bikini, ya know?

So, today we've teamed up with Skinnygirl® Cocktails once again to bring you something delicious! The Skinny Grapefruit Margarita recipe. on the rocks of course.

I love grapefruit anything. Fresh grapefruits and juice are constantly stocked in my fridge all summer long because they lend themselves so well to the more bitter, refreshing cocktail variety. So even though this drink is pretty much ready to go, I wanted to add a splash of some fresh juice to liven things up.

Skinny Sweet 'n Tart Grapefruit Margarita // serves 5

  • Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • One bottle Skinnygirl® Sweet 'n Tart Grapefruit Margarita
  • Orange bitters or an orange liqueur
  • Jacobson Vanilla Bean Salt to rim
  • Pink Himalayan Salt to rim

For the salt rim, I wanted to try something different. I've seen plenty of spicy grapefruit margarita options out there, but I wanted the opposite. Something subtly sweet to cut the grapefruit a bit - vanilla bean salt. I added a little bit of pink himalayan salt for color, but I think a pure vanilla salt rim would be delicious!

The key to making the salt stick to the glass is to rub the grapefruit around the rim first before dipping it into the salt to create a more sticky surface.

After that, add a large ice cube, and pour the glass about half full with Skinnygirl Sweet 'n Tart Grapefruit Margarita. Top the rest with fresh grapefruit juice, and a few dashes of orange bitters (or a splash of orange liqueur) and a small grapefruit wedge to garnish!

Want more cocktail ideas all summer long? Become a Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemaker to receive emails introducing new products, recipes, and more, and discover all of their latest flavors here. I'm kind of intrigued by the Spicy Lime flavor. seems perfect for a little kick this summer!

Have any of you been creating cocktails of your own with Skinnygirl® Cocktails? I'd love to hear your favorites!


I substituted raw sugar and it was amazing! Color wasn't as pretty but the flavor was delicious.

I made as written and it was a little too sweet for me, so added extra lime juice and it was good but not great. The second time, decreased sugar and water to 2 cups each, added one chopped jalapeno and the skin ( yellow, green and orange parts only not the white pith) of the lemons, limes and one orange to the sugar water mixture. Brought to a boil, turned off the heat and let steep until completely cool, strained and then added the juice as per the recipe. To make my drinks I combined about three teaspoons kosher salt, 1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper and 1/2 tsp sugar. Put some of this on one small plate and some lime juice on another to rim the glasses. Put two thin slices of jalapeno pepper, a little of the salt mixture and about a tsp. of the sweet sour mix in the bottom of each glass and muddled. Added ice, about 1 1/2 ounces of Patron silver and topped with the sweet sour mix to fill the glass. Garnished with a lime wedge and another slice of jalapeno. So good. A little spicy but not too much heat.

I made it just like the recipe says to make it and it was AMAZING! Will definitely make this a keeper.

Excellent! Only change was used half the amount of sugar in the simple syrup and it was still very sweet in my opinion, but everyone loved it. Margaritas made with a ratio of: 3 1/2 cups mix 1 cup tequila 1/2 cup triple sec

Will make again and again. The perfect Sweet and Sour mix. I cut it in half and instead of the cup of sugar I used 2/3 cup of amber agave. With out a doubt worth the squeezing of the lemons and limes. Also bonus, mixed hot water with the agave cooled it off and used very quickly. We were able to do a taste test and there is simply no comparison.

This is labeled as a Margarita mix, but is also your basic S&S for a Whiskey Sour. You will find no better start than this, nor anything better on your grocer's shelf. Why buy when you probably have all the ingredients at home already?

Displaced about 1/2 cup of the lemon/lime with fresh orange juice. Reduced sugar from 3-cups to 2-cups which gave a nice tart/sweet balance given the sweetness from the oranges. Made for a nice change of pace on the traditional Margarita (though it is distinctly orange instead of traditional pale green).

this recipe gave me the guidelines for what I needed (I don't need 8 cups thanks!). I used my juicer and juiced the entire fruit. very flavourful. I am using this recipe for long island ice teas. yum!

I have been a bartender for over 20 years. I own - a liquid catering service in west Los Angeles. My services costs more than many of my competitors because of the level of service. My clients rage about my margaritas, lemon drops, and any ohter cocktail I serve using sweet and sour mix. The difference is in the mix . I haven't told anyone where I got the recipe .

This is a mix that will get you started and allow you to tweak to your liking. As Stevshep points out below adding fresh squeezed orange juice, or the juices of blood orange, to it really compliments the Cadillac Margarita. You will want to decrease the amount of sugar because it can be overpowering, at least for my taste. I use confectioners sugar because it melts very easily and is crystal clear when dissolved. If I don't use orange juice I will put the rind of an orange in the simple syrup and while dissolving the sugar and let it set for an hour or so before adding the lemon and lime juice. Depending on the Tequila you use, the ratio of mix to tequila will vary. If I use a run of the mill Tequila, like Jose Cuervo I'll use a 2 ounces Tequila to 4 ounces mix. If I use a decent quality Anejo like a Cabo or a Don Julio I'll use a 4 ounces tequila to 4 ounces mix, and if I use a premium like a Lequas Anejo ( one of my favorites. super smooth, no mechanized tools used for harvest or production) I'll use a 6 - 8 ounces Tequila to 4 ounces of mix, depending on if I want to drink 1 or 2 in a night. The recipe I use is: 2 - 8 ounces Tequila depending on brand 4 ounces Mix 1 oz Cointreau or Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur 1 oz Grand Marnier or Grand Imperial Orange Liqueur 1 oz Rose's Sweet lime juice Add to a 24 ounces of crushed ice and blend. Yields 2 drinks.

How To Choose the Best Limes for Your Cranberry Margarita

You know what’s difficult? Knowing how many limes to purchase at a time. I feel like I always either buy a big bag and end of throwing out half of them because they’ve turned into hard, brown rocks, or I only buy one or two, which is never enough.

This cranberry cocktail calls for 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, which is equal to about four medium-sized limes. But how do you choose the best limes, and how do you juice them properly? Let me tell you!

When picking a lime — especially for a cocktail recipe where this juice is a star ingredient — you want one that’s as packed with as much juice as possible. Unlike lemons, limes don’t vary much in size, making it easier to know the amount of juice per fruit every time. But there are still some key factors to consider when choosing your citrus:

  • Look for a smooth, green rind. The smoother the rind, the more juice in your lime. And the greener the lime, the more ripe it is. Avoid yellowish limes with rough brown spots, if possible. This could affect the flavor of the juice inside.
  • Pick firm fruit. The firmer and tighter the lime is, the more juice is packed inside. Soft fruits tend to have less juice.
  • Don’t be afraid to feel them. The heavier the lime, the more juice it has. So, give it a hold before adding to your shopping cart.

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● This is a different margarita. It is sweet and sour, and not just due to the mix. This reminded me of a sweet tart with a kick. If you like sweet tarts, chances are you will like this Italian Margarita recipe.

● If you do not know how to rim a cocktail glass, click here for instructions. It is very easy! For this Italian Margarita recipe, you can use Amaretto, Triple Sec or the Tequila for the wet. The dry is coarse sugar.

Here are a few more margarita cocktail recipes:

Italian Margarita Ingredients:

● Coarse Sugar, for rim of glass
● 2oz Amaretto
● 1oz Triple Sec
● 1oz Golden Tequila
● 4oz Sweet n’Sour Mixer
● Lime or Orange Wedges, for rim of glass and garnish
● Ice

Italian Margarita Mise en Place:

Italian Margarita Directions:

● Rub rim of a cocktail glass with lime and roll rim in sugar. Set aside.
● Add Amaretto, Triple Sec, Golden Tequila and Sweet n’ Sour Mixer to a cocktail shaker.
● Add ice to fill shaker.
● Shake well.
● Pour into prepared glass. (You can strain if you like.)
● Garnish with lime or orange if desired.
● Serve immediately.

Italian Margarita Recipe
By Ann
This sweet and tart Italian Margarita recipe is a fun update to a traditional margarita. This refreshing Italian margarita is an easy to make cocktail perfect for a party, sipping in the backyard, or to enjoy on a relaxing weekend with friends.

Prep Time: 3 Minutes
Cook Time: 0 Minutes
Total Time: 3 Minutes

● Coarse Sugar, for rim of glass
● 2oz Amaretto
● 1oz Triple Sec
● 1oz Golden Tequila
● 4oz Sweet n’Sour Mixer
● Lime or Orange Wedges, for garnish
● Ice


● Rub rim of a cocktail glass with lime and roll rim in sugar. Set aside.
● Add Amaretto, Triple Sec, Golden Tequila and Sweet n’ Sour Mixer to a cocktail shaker.
● Add ice to fill shaker.
● Shake well.
● Pour into prepared glass. (You can strain if you like.)
● Garnish with lime or orange if desired.
● Serve immediately.

The Best Damn Grapefruit Margarita: Cinco de Drinko

In the spirit of Cinco de Drinko, I’m sharing my homemade skinny margarita secret [ another version found here ]. When ordering a margarita I always ask for only half the glass rimmed with salt. The thick salt complements the tequila & fresh lime juice perfectly, so opting out of salt would be a serious shame. Another tip: whenever I am bartending, there’s never sweet n’ sour mix involved. Why add disgusting mix when you can easily make a cocktail with fresh ingredients? If I am drinking alcohol anyways, then at least using fresh citrusy fruit will contains some nutrients & benefits.

So! Instead of slamming greasy chips, fatty burritos, & sugar-filled, pre-mixed, crappy chemical margaritas down your throat today, try blue corn chips, tacos on corn tortillas with veggies, pico de gallo, & black beans, & this delicious grapefruit marg. Celebrate smart- happy Cinco de Mayo Dolls!

[ Pretty themed decoration + Corona Lights <. >]

+ The Best Damn Grapefruit Margy:

1.5 ounce blanco, 100% agave tequila

1 ounce of Cointreau [ use Triple Sec if you’re on a budget ]

3/4 fresh squeezed lime juice

2 squeezes of a grapefruit

+ Use a lime to rim your glass & then add salt to only half the rim. In a martini shaker add 3/4 fresh lime juice, two squeezes of a grapefruit, & one squeeze of lemon, then add Cointreau [ or Triple Sec ], & tequila. Rule of thumb: when making a cocktail, start with the cheapest ingredients first & finish with the most expensive last. Add ice to shaker [ you don’t want the ice to melt into your ingredients, so do this last ]. Add ice to rimmed glass & shake and strain your cocktail over the ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice or lime wheel.

Homemade Sweet and Sour Mix

Step 1 - Start by adding one cup of sugar to one cup of water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. You may need to boil the mixture to dissolve it properly. Or, you can use 1 cup of Homemade Simple Syrup instead.

Step 2 - Let your simple syrup mixture cool.

Step 3 - Add 1 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice and 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice. You can use store bought, but fresh is sooo much better.

Step 4 - Mix well and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Homemade Sweet & Sour Mix

The drink I always go through the fastest is sweet & sour mix. I’m a sucker for sours and my roommate loves margaritas so it’s a hot ticket in our refrigerator. We used to buy our mix from the liquor store until I realized how easy it is to make. With this recipe, you’ll never have to overpay for sweet & sour mix again.

At the heart of it, sweet & sour mix is just lemon juice, lime juice, water, and sugar. The basic ration is equal parts sugar water and citrus juice. You can always make it sweeter or more tart to fix your preference.

This keeps for a while so it’s a great thing to make ahead of time and leave in your refrigerator for the right occasion. If you’re using this to make margaritas or a tropical drink, consider swapping in orange juice in place of the lemon juice.

Watch the video: Spicy Grapefruit Margarita - Gluten Free with Alex T (October 2021).