Thirsty Thursday: Chipotle Grapefruit Margarita for National Margarita Day

By: Kelsey Vala



As the Olympics draw to a close and we honor our nation’s athletes, let’s not forget to celebrate another important national event; that is, National Margarita Day. Pull out the tequila and get mixing, because February 22 marks a national holiday that pays tribute to our favorite frosty cocktail.

Celebrate the coveted mixture of tequila and triple sec by whipping up this seasonal and spicy Chipotle Grapefruit Margarita. Since citrus is in season, ruby red grapefruit makes a wonderful partner with smoky chipotle powder. In a cocktail shaker, mix grapefruit juice, tequila, orange liqueur and a pinch of chipotle powder for a stunning orange hue. Shake with ice, and pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with chipotle salt and a grapefruit garnish. This cocktail is sure to get your margarita celebrations off to a good start!

Bottoms up, folks!

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 small pinch chipotle powder
  • 2 grapefruit wedges


For the chipotle salt: Mix together the salt and chipotle powder on a plate.

For the margarita: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the grapefruit juice, tequila, orange liqueur and chipotle powder. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.) Moisten the rim of a chilled rocks glass with a grapefruit wedge and press the rim into the chipotle salt. Strain the margarita into the prepared glass and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Still thirsty? Check out more margarita recipes on Cooking Channel.

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