Grapefruit Margaritas with Jalapeño Simple Syrup

by Kelli H. on February 26, 2014

Last Saturday morning on instagram I saw it was National Margarita Day. I had no idea such a day existed but then again I wasn’t surprised. Doesn’t it seem there is a special food/drink day for everything? I’m not complaining! I just used it as an excuse to drink a margarita.

When I was at the store buying the ingredients I let the checker and bagger know it was National Margarita Day. They asked if I made it up… haha.

When I got home I got started on making the jalapeño simple syrup. I’ve seen lots of recipes for jalapeño type of margaritas and I wasn’t totally sure how I was going to incorporate the jalapeño into the margarita. At first I thought I would infuse the tequila with the jalapeño but that requires quite a bit of time which I didn’t have.  So, the next best idea seemed like I should make jalapeño simple syrup. If you want the flavor of the jalapeño to shine through more then I suggest adding some fresh slices to the margaritas as this method gave off a minimal jalapeño flavor. I tasted the simple syrup by itself and I could definitely taste the jalapeño flavor. It was actually quite delicious! It’s sweet with just a tad of heat in the finish. Once poured over the grapefruit juice, it lost some of its flavor.

I absolutely love grapefruit.  Fresh grapefruit juice works best for this recipe but you could totally use already squeezed grapefruit juice. I bought a bag of grapefruits for $1.99 and I got so much juice of out them!

Just look at all the grapefruit juice in that large mason jar! I also had quite a bit of the jalapeño simple syrup left, but just think of all the awesome things you could do with it. Sparkling jalapeño lemonade or limeade? Yum!

Of course I love the putting the squeezed lime directly into my drink as well as a slice of grapefruit. These little touches make the drink to me. The next day when I made another one I watered it down a bit by adding some sparkling water. It was delicious! Then again, I love carbonation. I loved the sparkling water addition and recommend trying to make the drink fizzy for yourself.

Grapefruit Margaritas 
with Jalapeño Simple Syrup
Makes 1 margarita
or multiply the recipe to make a big batch!

2 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz jalapeño simple syrup
1 oz silver tequila
1 lime wedge

1.  Fill glass with ice. Pour grapefruit juice, jalapeño simple syrup, and tequila over ice. Squeeze in lime wedge and drop into glass. Stir until cold.

Jalapeño Simple Syrup
Makes enough for 10 margaritas
halve the recipe if you’re making a small batch

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 jalapeño, sliced lengthwise

1. Combine sugar, water, and jalapeno in a small pot over medium heat. Stir and mash the jalapeño up into the water. Remove from heat once the sugar is completely dissolved and cool.

Ryder and Donner hanging out last Saturday while we all enjoyed the margaritas.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Bexter February 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Mmmmm, yes, please! I was kidnapped on Saturday before I knew it was National Margarita Day and forced to go out to the local Mexican restaurant. This looks like it would’ve tasted better!


Natalie February 27, 2014 at 2:57 am

I wouldn’t have thought I would like a jalapeno drink but the way you describe it, I think I would love this! Love your grapefruit pic too!


From Foothills to Fog March 6, 2014 at 12:19 am

This sounds incredible! If there is a drink on the menu that includes jalapeno, I always order it!! Can’t wait to try this!


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