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Cure For What Ails You

February 24 2008 by Kristin at The Kitchen Sink in Drink,Recipe » 3 comments


My relationship with grapefruit has been a bit contentious lately. Sure, it’s there for me day in and day out when I supreme it into ruby red wedges that perk up my morning yogurt. But it utterly failed me when I dusted off our ice cream maker on one of the shortest days of the year in hopes of a bright-as-the-summer-solstice sorbet. I quickly rectified the sorbet debacle with a foofy brunch salad that involved champagne vinegar, fennel and, of course, grapefruit. And it was fine and all. But, little did I know, all along, all I really had to do was add booze.





Yes, these grapefruit margaritas—perfectly tart, tangy and tequila-y—were just the showcase for the most on-again/off-again citrus fruit of my winter. And they transformed what might have been a quiet February Friday night in into a fiesta. Good thing, because our Saturday night concert plans—tickets to which involved much Craigslist finagling and transportation to which involved a CTA bus ride across town—were canceled “due to illness,” according to a flier taped to the venue’s front door. Perhaps the band wasn’t getting its daily intake of Vitamin C. Might I suggest that these grapefruit cocktails would be just the remedy?

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So, if you too feel yourself coming down with a wee cough … or if you are also seeking a night in that’s less cozy/more fiesta … or if you are seeking the recipe to settle the score with a fickle citrus fruit, this post provides the recipe for you. ┬íSalud!

Ruby Red Margarita

Yield: One Margarita

1 lime wedge
Coarse salt for coating the rim of the glass
1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) tequila
3 tablespoons fresh pink grapefruit juice (preferably ruby red)
1 pony (1 ounce) orange-flavored liqueur
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar if desired

Garnish: 1 quarter of a slice of ruby red grapefruit

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lime wedge, dip it in the salt, coating it lightly, and chill the glass.

In a blender, blend tequila, grapefruit juice, liqueur, sugar and 1 cup ice cubes for 30 seconds. Pour the drink into the glass, and garnish it with the grapefruit slice.


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  1. RecipeGirl says on February 24 2008 at 8:02 am:

    How funny… I ALMOST made Blood Orange Margaritas last night but cancelled them at the last minute “due to illness.” These look very refreshing!

  2. Gretchen Noelle says on February 24 2008 at 2:17 pm:

    These look cool and refreshing! I would love one!

  3. ourkitchensink says on February 25 2008 at 8:37 am:

    RecipeGirl: I bet Blood Orange margs would be delicious — and quite pretty too. Hope you (or your would-be margarita partner) are feeling better.

    Gretchen: Thanks!

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