Red-Grapefruit Margaritas


A bracing salted rim may be a tradition, but it can overwhelm the nuances of a good tequila. On the other hand, a touch of superfine sugar can be a nice complement to citrus-centered margaritas.


  • 2 red grapefruits

  • 8 ounces (1 cup) silver tequila

  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar, plus more for coating glass rims

  • 3 ounces (¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons) triple sec

  • 3 cups small ice cubes


  1. Remove zest from 1 grapefruit. Place zest in a glass; add tequila. Cover, and let stand 1 hour. Strain. Rub zest over half of each glass rim; dip rims in sugar.

  2. Cut peel and pith from grapefruits; cut flesh into segments. Purée grapefruits, tequila, sugar, triple sec, and ice in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses.

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