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spicy honey + grapefruit margarita – the whole (craft)cocktail

\With summer winding down, we’re trying to cram in as many refreshing drinks as we can until the colder months hit. That’s totally normal, right? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some cozy winter drinks but I know that in a few short months I’m going to be longing for the days of sunshine and a cold, bright cocktail! I love fresh, summery and not-too-sweet drinks in the warm weather and this margarita really hits the spot.

Every time I make this at a BBQ, our friends love it. Even the ones that think they may not like the heat turn into fans. I have to confess, one of my favorite drinks is a Salty Dog. Basically it’s grapefruit juice, vodka and a salty rim, so it’s no surprise that I love this as much as I do.

It’s pretty safe to say that everyone likes a fresh margarita, but add a little heat to that? Now you’ve got yourself something extra special. 🙂

Spicy Honey Grapefruit Margarita from the Whole Smiths. No refined sugars, artificial colors or flavors. A MUST at your next gathering!


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Spicy Honey + Grapefruit Margarita - the whole (craft) cocktail



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A spicy twist on a an old favorite.. grapefruit margarita!


  • For Honey + Cayenne Simple Syrup:
  • 1/2 C. honey
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper depending on your taste
  • To make drink:
  • 3 shots of fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 shot of tequila
  • 1 shot of honey + cayenne simple syrup
  • 1 shot of Cointreau
  • 2 small slices of jalepeño (optional)
  • *Optional - Margarita salt mixed with a tad of cayenne to salt rim


  1. Combine honey, water and cayenne pepper in a saucepan and bring to simmer. Cool in fridge.
  2. In a shaker add grapefruit juice, honey, cayenne syrup, Cointreau, jalepñeo slices & ice.
  3. Shake away!
  4. Strain over ice and garnish with a lime or jalepeño slice.

Courses beverage

Cuisine paleo

4 thoughts on “spicy honey + grapefruit margarita – the whole (craft)cocktail

  1. This is a terrific and fresh alternative to the now-commonlplace bottled margarita mixes. While this recipe is delicious in its own right, it’s missing that tangy zing that only a lime can deliver. Try adding the juice from half a lime for each serving and this recipe achieves margarita perfection!

    P.S. The jalepano garnish is such a fun idea!

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