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. ¡Salud!
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.