Ruby Red Margaritas

Currently in Santa Fe, New Mexico and naturally margaritas are a must. My friend Joy made a fabulous grapefruit margarita and I cannot get enough. I am usually not a fan of grapefruits either. They always seem to be too bitter and sour no matter how long I try to let them ripen up. But these  were so simple and so incredibly delicious and refreshing. The days have been a tad warmer here too. The cold front is moving through tomorrow and I am welcoming it with open arms.

Joy used St. Germain in this recipe too and I love love St. Germain. It was the perfect addition to these margaritas. And the Casamigos tequila is absolutely delicious. Plus George Clooney, ya know?!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz good-quality tequila (We used Casamigos)
  • 1.5 oz St. Germain liquor
  • 1 fresh lime, halved and squeezed for juice, plus extra lime wedges for garnish
  • 8-12 oz fresh grapefruit juice (preferably ruby red)
  • ice cubes
  • equal parts granulated sugar & sea salt (optional)
  • strawberry and basil for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Slightly dip the rim of your desired drinking glass into a shallow bowl of water, then "smash" into the sugar & sea salt mixture to coat the rim. Set aside. (optional)
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full of ice (I like the kind that you cap with a pint glass and shake). Add the tequila, St. Germain and lime juice (a jigger is helpful for measurements), and shake shake shake for at least 20-30 seconds.
  3. Strain into your rimmed glass, and top with grapefruit juice to fill glass/to taste. Garnish with a lime wedge, strawberry, and some fresh basil! 
  4. ENJOY!

XO

Sam