Summer In A Glass: Refreshing Grapefruit Tequila Spritzer
Entertaining for a crowd? These delicious refreshing grapefruit and tequila lime spritzers are perfect. Summer in a glass and a definite crowd-pleaser! Got lime? Got Tequila Spritzer? Let’s enjoy the summer! (Recipe for 21 and older)
When you think of a spritzer, what is your go-to? For me, I think wine spritzer. Then again, why should wine have all the fun, right? There are many different alcohols that could use a good “spritz” in my opinion and Tequila is one of them!
When I think of summer I think of the beach, barbecues, friends, family, laughter, and making moments that last a lifetime. I love making a spritzer because it is light and adding citrus is beneficial. Citrus lends that tart pucker, lip smacking goodness, you expect in a well-played beverage.
But what exactly is a spritzer?
From what I can tell the spritzer originated in Germany. But commonplace today, and the most popular application, tells us that a spritzer is a wine that is paired with carbonated or sparkling water. In the wine world, a perfect spritzer is a ratio of 3/4 cup wine to 1/4 cup carbonation. But, in my opinion….I think it is whatever you prefer.
Spritzer’s are generally served in a tall glass as opposed to a wine glass. But hey, if it’s sparkly, bubbly and delicious, do we really care about the rules? I don’t and neither should you. Do what makes your taste buds ignite! I do however love these glasses. They are beautiful and were a wedding gift from very dear friends. They rarely see the light of day.
I was so paranoid about breaking these and you know what happened? After I washed them, a plate fell on one of the rims and that’s all she wrote. Super sad that I only have three now. I definitely want to buy some more! But, they are vintage and I will have to hunt for them. :::sigh:::
Let’s get to making our Tequila Spritzer
I think citrus just screams summer. I love it all. Orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit and all the variations thereof. I mean the list goes on if you walk into the right grocery store or farmers market. I wanted to use grapefruit for my tequila spritzer because it is extremely tart and that’s what I wanted to balance. If you hit it with a lime, it sets that tartness off even further. Quite delicious.
I also wanted to stay somewhat true to a traditional margarita and that’s why I chose to add in Cointreau along with Tequila for the adult portion of the beverage. Ohhhh and the salted rim. Can’t forget about that!
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I have this handy little citrus juice adapter for my KitchenAid stand mixer. I’m not one who needs to own every kitchen gadget on the planet but this one, I’m so happy to have. It is quick and does the job so much better than any hand-held juicing mechanism I’ve ever owned. It spins when you turn the mixer on and all you have to do is hold the fruit against it and voila! Juice! I don’t have the guard adapter on because I was only juicing two grapefruits but, if you want to do lemonade or orange juice it’s great to have it attached with large quantities.
After I juiced my grapefruit, I poured the juice through a fine mesh strainer to pull out the pulp and any seeds that may have dropped in my bowl.
Once that’s all done it’s just a matter of gathering all your ingredients and mixing them in a pitcher. This antique pitcher I have was my mother-in-laws and it is so beautiful. It’s heavy, ornate, and the flowers that are hand painted on the glass just scream at me to bring it out in the summer.
Measure your lemon-lime soda, Tequila, Cointreau (or any orange liqueur), and juice one lime. Juicing the lime by hand is fine on this one, it’s not that much. Pour all your liquids into the pitcher and stir. I have this really pretty purple metal straw that I used. It makes me feel all fancy lol
Once your concoction is mixed, chilled and you are ready to serve – it’s time to prepare the glassware!
First I guess I should say, buy three grapefruits. You’ll need one to slice to place on the inside of the glass. Also, you’ll want lime wedges for the rims so probably have a few limes you can cut as well.
In a shallow dish, pour in your salt of choice. I used kosher salt as I love the big chunky flakes. I’ve also used kosher salt spiced with chili powder and jalapeno juice before but I wasn’t going for that with this cocktail. I encourage you to try that though as it is very good. Unless you have chapped lips then I wouldn’t advise it LOL
Place a grapefruit slice on the side of the glass, run a lime wedge around the rim and dip it in your salt of choice. My grapefruit slices were pretty well set in these glasses however if you are using a different glass you might want to salt the rim first so your slices don’t fall out.
All that’s left is to pour and enjoy! Pop in a few pretty straws and an umbrella or two and you are golden!
Have you made a tequila spritzer before? Tell me what you put in yours! I’d love to know 🙂
I hope you enjoy this tequila spritzer at your next barbecue or sitting beachside (that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend )!
- 3 large grapefruits
- 2 fresh limes
- ¾ cup of your favorite tequila
- ¼ Cointreau (or any orange liqueur)
- 1 cup lemon-lime soda
- ¼ cup Kosher Salt for lining the rims
- Juice 2 of your grapefruits and pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds and pulp. Juice one lime.
- Measure out your tequila, Cointreau, and lemon-lime soda and combine with your grapefruit juice into a pitcher. Stir and refrigerate until well chilled.
- Slice the other grapefruit into ¼" slices and line the inside of each glass.
- Run a lime wedge along the rim of each glass and dip into your salt.
- Pour your spritzer in your glass, top with pretty straws, umbrellas, and a lime wedge.
- Sit back, relax and enjoy!
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