So this is the time of year where you throw back a great margarita. Whether you’re outdoors cooking, by the pool or on the deck a nice margarita is the way to go.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, years ago my cousin turned me on to his famous Grapefruit Margarita. Oh boy was it good. It was very refreshing and they went down pretty quick. My cousin squeezed red ruby grapefruit, don’t use plain grapefruit, the red ruby gives a little bit of sweetness to it and I think doesn’t have as much as the regular yellow grapefruit.

If you don’t have the time to squeeze, get Ocean Spray Red ruby Grapefruit Juice, but watch the sugar! I use Grand Marnier in this rather than Triple Sec. I think the Grand Marnier cuts the acidity and isn’t as sharp as the Triple Sec.

Notice the lime isn’t a part of this, this is on purpose, I tried it and didn’t like the battle of tree fruit going on in my mouth. It altered the taste of this very good cocktail.

In a blender add the following:

The juice of 5-6 Red Ruby Grapefruits (depending on size) about 2 cups (don’t use frozen grapefruit juice, you can prepare and squeeze ahead of time.)

4 ounces of Grand Marnier (some people like Triple Sec but I think the flavor of Grand Marnier is best.)

8-10 ounces of good tequila (I like Avion, very smooth, but any 100% de agave tequila works wonderfully.)

Blend ingredients for about 30 – 45 seconds

Fill pitcher half way with ice, cubes, not crushed, add blended ingredients to ice filled pitcher, stir well. You can salt the rims of your glasses or if you don’t like salt you can lightly sugar the rims instead. Using a strainer pour into chilled glasses and garnish with a slice of lime or grapefruit.

Serve immediately and often. Enjoy!

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.

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