Grapefruit and Honey Margarita

Grapefruit and Honey Margarita
Photo: Ryan Liebe
Total Time:
5 mins

To create a lower-alcohol version of a grapefruit margarita, we replaced the usual orange liqueur with honey. The result is a light and refreshing cocktail just right for alfresco summer drinking.


  • 1 tablespoon clover or orange-blossom honey

  • 1 tablespoon very hot water (from the tap)

  • 2 ounces blanco tequila

  • 1 strip peeled pink grapefruit rind plus 2 ounces fresh juice

  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice


  1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, stir honey with 1 tablespoon very hot water (from the tap) until dissolved. Fill shaker halfway with ice and top with tequila, grapefruit juice, and lime juice. Shake vigorously until outside of shaker is cold and frosty, about 10 seconds.

  2. Strain into a tall, narrow glass, such as a Collins, filled with crushed ice. Stir with a swizzle stick or straw until glass turns frosty, about 10 seconds. Garnish with grapefruit rind; serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

To crush ice, pulse a few handfuls of cubes in a blender or food processor. (Or place them in a resealable bag, wrap it in a towel, and pound with a meat mallet.) Immediately return to freezer until ready to use.

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