Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail

A sophisticated and delicious Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail that will impress all of your guests! Tequila, Campari and Grapefruit topped with fresh ground cinnamon make a cocktail that puts the margarita on the back burner.

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This Tequila Grapefruit Cocktail is NOT a margarita.

This Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail is my favorite cocktail right now! It is inspired by a photo I saw of a cocktail from a bar in SF called Trick Dog. There were only a few ingredients in the description so I took what I could from it and came up with an amazing tequila cocktail that will impress everyone! 

Think Sophisticated Margarita! If you have followed me for a while, you have probably noticed I love egg white in my cocktails. It adds a creaminess and smoothness to the drink, not to mention the beautiful foam that you get as a result of shaking up that egg white.

How to make a Tequila Grapefruit Cocktail.

Gather all of your ingredients together to ensure you have everything you need before shaking including your serving glass prepared with ice. Measure out all of the liquids into the shaker (no ice yet) and dry-shake for 20-30 seconds. This gets the egg white incorporated into everything and ensure you get a nice foam at the end. Now open the cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake again for another 20-30 seconds. Double strain the cocktail into the prepared glass. Freshly grate the cinnamon stick over the top of the foam and serve immediately.

What tequila should you use?

I recommend using a silver/white tequila for this drink. Although silver tequila usually has a harsher taste, it’s perfect for cocktails because it mixes with the rest of the ingredients to tone down the harshness. Good gold tequila is usually expensive and is best reserved for sipping, IMO. You can also find a 100% agave silver tequila for a decent price. I used Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila which you can usually find for under $30

Garnish is EVERYTHING, especially when it adds aroma AND flavor.

The real winner in this cocktail is the freshly grated cinnamon on top of the foam. The aroma and taste of the cinnamon add spiciness to this drink that is definitely unique. That is to say, the aroma is a big deal with craft cocktails, so don’t skimp on this step. And no, I don’t think you can use ground cinnamon, it’s definitely not the same.

Do I have to use egg white?

You could make this cocktail without the egg white. Just add all of the ingredients except the egg white to your cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20-30 seconds. After that, serve over ice cubes instead of a large rock and don’t forget the cinnamon on top! Also, see my notes in the recipe about FDA comments on egg whites.

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Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail

A sophisticated Grapefruit Tequila Cocktail that will impress your guests! Campari and egg white topped with fresh cinnamon make this cocktail a winner!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword campari cocktail, cocktail recipe, craft cocktail, egg white cocktail, grapefruit cocktail, tequila cocktail, tequila grapefruit cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • measuring jigger
  • mesh cocktail strainer
  • microplane/zester

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila blanco (I used Altos)
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz Campari
  • 1 egg white*
  • cinnamon stick

Instructions

  • Prepare glass with a large rock (ice cube).
  • Add all ingredients to the cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice and dry shake for 20-30 seconds (this creates the foam on top).
  • Open the cocktail shaker and add a scoop of ice. Put the lid on the shaker and shake for another 20-30 seconds.
  • Double strain into your prepared glass. Take your cinnamon stick and grate cinnamon over the top of your foam. Cheers!

Notes

*The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers it safe to use raw eggs if they are pasteurized. Bottom Line: Raw eggs may contain a type of pathogenic bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. However, the risk of an egg being contaminated is quite low. Please proceed at your own risk and decide if you are ok with this. I have never had an issue.

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