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Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas


Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be turning 30 years old. (I can’t believe it! I’m only slightly freaking out.) I am looking forward to this new decade of my life. I find it slightly intimidating, but one thing I know, is that it calls for a serious party.

In celebration of this monumentous event, it behooves me to give you something special. This way, you can celebrate with me remotely, through the bonds of blended tequila drinks. I give you, Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas._MG_5516I love margaritas. In fact, I’ve shared on a previous occasion another recipe for Pink Margaritas. That gem came to me from the Barefoot Contessa and it is delicious. This one comes from Mr. Emeril Lagasse. They are similar in a number of ways, but different alcohols are involved with this one. Instead of an orange liquor, you use ruby red vodka. This cocktail is delicious and beautiful.

_MG_5495When I made these, with the delightful Jessica Yager, there was no ruby red grapefruit juice to be found that day. So, we used regular juice. I was disappointed with the color. They were delicious, but not vibrant. So, the drinks in these photos contain a teensy weensy bit of red food coloring. Trust me. Two drops will make these babies pop.

Have these at your next party. Have these tonight. Join me in celebrating my birthday. A toast to life.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas


1 wedge Ruby Red grapefruit
Coarse kosher salt or sugar- whichever you prefer to rim your glasses with
6 ounces tequila
1/3 cup Ruby Red vodka
1/4 cup simple syrup
1 cup Ruby Red grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed or from a carton
1/4 freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups ice cubes


a few drops of red food coloring for a more vibrant hue
Grapefruit wedges for garnish
Use the wedge of grapefruit to rub the rims of 6 margarita glasses with grapefruit juice. Dip the rims in the kosher salt (or the sugar if you prefer) to coat. Set aside as you prepare the margaritas.

Place the tequila, vodka, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice and ice in a blender and puree until smooth. Divide the margarita between 6 glasses and garnish with the grapefruit quarters.


Photographs by Jessica Yager





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