Recipe By foodelicious
Published Jun 19th
Prep 20m Cook 5m Additional - Ready In 25m
Servings 2 cocktails Calories 344

Here’s a fired up twist on a traditional Mexican cocktail. You’ll grill the grapefruit and lime to caramelize the fruit and give the juice a subtle smoky edge. Stir it up with tequila or mescal and top with club soda for a refreshing drink that’s perfect all summer long.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 limes
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 red grapefruit, halved widthwise
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup ice cubes, or as needed
  • 4 fluid ounces tequila
  • 2 tablespoons simple syrup, or to taste
  • 4 fluid ounces club soda

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. 2 Cut limes in half widthwise. Cut 1 half into 3 wheels.
  3. 3 Pour sugar into a shallow bowl. Dip lime halves, 2 of the lime wheels, and grapefruit into sugar to coat thoroughly.
  4. 4 Place limes and grapefruit cut-side down on the hot grill. Cook, turning lime wheels occasionally, until browned and grill marks form, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet to cool.
  5. 5 Rub remaining lime wheel over the rim of 2 highball glasses. Dip rims in kosher salt. Fill glasses with ice.
  6. 6 Juice grilled lime halves and grapefruit into a small pitcher. Pour in any juices that accumulated on the baking sheet. Stir in tequila and simple syrup. Divide mixture between glasses and top off with club soda. Garnish with grilled lime wheels.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 344
  • Carbohydrate 56.4 g
  • Fat 0.1 g
  • Fiber 3.9 g
  • Protein 1.5 g
  • Sodium 11390.4 mg
  • Sugar 37.1 g

Chef's Notes

The limes will cook more quickly than the grapefruit; Please note differences in ingredient amounts when following the magazine version of this recipe, and the addition of mezcal for a smokier version.


  1. This is delicious. I froze mine. I made a non-alcoholic version for the kids which turned out like a granita.
  2. Crisp and refreshing, this not-too-sweet beverage is perfect for cooling down on relaxing summer evenings...yum.

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