Grapefruit Margarita with a Kick | Signature Drink of the Month

There are two things I’m totally obsessed with lately: soft peachy color palettes and hot spicy foods. I love how peach transitions perfectly into summer from spring  and  I’ve gotten more than one sidelong glance from hubs as I douse my steamed veggies with Tapatio sauce, LOL. So for May’s siggy of the month I thought I’d bring you something that will fit perfectly into your peachy color palette. But I also love the surprising kick this thing has for something so dainty looking. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yeah, perfect for a mountain bride :-)

Image from  Ian Sheppard via The Life Styled


Simple Syrup with Cayenne Pepper

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more if you’re adventurous – I did a heaping 1/2 tsp because I’m spice obsessed)

The Cocktail-

  • 4 oz grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed if you can – takes about 2 grapefruits)
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz cayenne simple syrup
  • ice
  • lime wedge

salt or spice rub – any kind of premixed spicy powder normally used on meat – yep (if that weirds you out, make your own using salt mixed with a little bit of cayenne, but I do prefer the spice rub).


  1. Make the simple syrup. Bring sugar, water and cayenne bring to a simmer in a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar is disolved and the cayenne is blended. Let it cool to room temperature then store in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. Make those margaritas. Make these like you would any margarita.
    1. Run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass until it’s coated with the sticky juice.
    2. Turn the glass over and dip it in the salt or spice rub.
    3. Combine ice, tequila, simple syrup, and grapefruit juice in a shaker and shake vigorously. Like you really mean it :-)
    4. Serve, and enjoy the kick in the pants.

Recipe adapted from  The Life Styled