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Recipe | Spicy Grapefruit Margarita

The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita brings together a bitter-sweet and spicy drink. It’s a great variation of a classic margarita, everyone’s favourite tequila cocktail.

The Spicy Grapefruit Margarita is perfect with barbecued meat and roasted veg on a cooler summer evening. But then, any time is margarita time in our household! 

The mellower taste of Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado doesn’t fight with the bitterness of the grapefruit and compliments the chilli warmth that comes through the salt/chilli rim.

There’s a warm chilli kick to finish that will have you reaching for more.

Spicy Grapefruit Margarita



50ml Jose Cuervo Tradicional® Reposado

25ml Fresh Lime Juice

1 tsp Agave Syrup

1 round slice of Jalapeño Pepper

50ml parts Grapefruit Juice

3 pinches Salt

1 pinch Mild Chilli Powder

Lime wedges

Small grapefruit or lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Extra round slice of Jalapeño for garnish (optional)


1. Shake together Ice, Jalapeño segment and all liquids including syrup

2. Prepare a salt and chilli mix in a small dish

3. Wet half the rim of the glass using a lime wedge

4. Dip this wet rim in the salt and chilli mix

5. Put the extra piece of jalapeño in a glass and fill on top with ice

6. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass

7. Garnish with grapefruit or lime wedges if available


Adapted from : Cuervo

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Best Tequila for Margaritas

As we mentioned in our how to make the best margarita article, we found that, in our opinion, the best tequila for margaritas is the Calle 23 Blanco.

You could do what we did and make several (rounds of) margaritas to come to this decision. But we have tried to save you the time and get right to drinking wonderful margaritas and not concerning yourself with whether you have the best.

best tequila for margarita

Best Tequila for Margaritas

The Calle 23 is a beautifully clean tequila that goes perfectly with the margarita.

Our readers are all over the world and have varying budgets. We felt it was important that we chose a product for our best tequila for margaritas recommendation, that is accessible to most. It’s easy enough to buy in a shop or online, and not too expensive.

After all, a margarita is a cocktail which means you are using several spirits. The more expensive, more complex tequilas are not necessarily better as the addition of other ingredients can mask the nuance you’ve paid all that money for.

But that doesn’t mean you should use a cheap mixto tequila. If you want to avoid a tequila hangover and enjoy your drink use a good 100% blue agave tequila. You want a good quality tequila for your magarita, not necessarily the most complex flavour, but a nice clean, fresh taste to enhance the cocktail enjoyment.

Stick to Blanco and Resposados tequilas for your margaritas, use Cointreau and fresh lime juice, and dance the night away.

What do you think is the best tequila for margaritas?

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The Margarita Test: How to use the cocktail to rate tequila brands

We love margarita’s here at The Tequila Shop. LOVE THEM. So much so, that when we are tasting a tequila for reviews, recipes and general enjoyment, we will always make a margarita with it. We follow our best margarita recipe and try everything!

Why do we do this? Because you can really taste the nuances in a tequila through a margarita cocktail.

the margarita benchmark

The Margarita Benchmark

We think there is very good reason the margarita is the world most popular cocktail – because it gives a perfect balance to taste tequila.

When mixed into a margarita, all the extra flavours comes out of the drink. We can taste flavour notes that we can’t always pin down when drinking it straight. Sometimes the high levels of alcohol get in the way of the tasting notes.

Whereas using the margarita cocktail, the lime and cointreau balance out the flavours. It allows you to taste the nuances in the tequila.

Try it at home with different tequilas and tell us how you get on. It’s a very easy way to enjoy the differences between different tequilas.

We also do this with mezcal and is how we found our office favourite – The Smoky Margarita.

So we always make a margarita when trying a new tequila, or mezcal. It allows to fully enjoy the drinking experience and get a new taste for the product. It’s our margarita benchmark.

The margarita benchmark


Recipe | The Smoky Margarita

This smoky margarita recipe was concocted using our Margarita Benchmark method, this margarita is sweet, sour and oh so smoky.

If you are a fan of BBQ’s, log fires or a Lapsang Souchong Tea – this is the one. The smoky margarita has a deep, long flavour that we enjoy very much.

For this recipe we use mezcal rather than tequila. This choice is controversial to some mezcal aficionados who believe that mezcal should only be sipped and savoured. But we believe that if it tastes good, enjoy it however that might be.

Mezcal is known for its smokier flavour, and this cocktail is a good way to get into the lesser known Mexican agave spirit.

We enjoy drinking this at parties, soirees and shindigs. It’s a good winter drink if you want to be wrapped up in a blanket and slippers and embracing that hot wood fire feeling, except it’s in a drink.

The Smoky Margarita (serves 1)


50ml – Mezcal (we used Illegal Mezcal)

25ml – Cointreau (or an alternative orange liquor)

25ml – Lime Juice (fresh is best)

Salt, if desired, for serving


1. Put it all the ingredients (except the salt) into a cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Shake well, then strain into a margarita glass.

3. Drink your smoky margarita and think of a Mexican open fire.


Smoky margarita recipe

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