Grapefruit Cocktail, A Salty Chihuahua

by on January 16, 2009


No, it isn’t snack time for the big dog! It’s cocktail time, ladies and gentlemen. While much of the nation has been freezing their ass off, down here in Southern California, the weather has turned warm and sunny. As the temperatures reach into the 80′s, we can feel our fruit trees stretching their limbs and roots as they pull out of their dormant slumber. And the WORC household starts itching to garden.

After a couple months of no serious gardening, we have gone fruit tree crazy. Those who have seen our garden tour video, will already know that for an urban home, we have a decent amount of fruit trees. We want more!  This last week we have added 6 new fruit trees and we are still hunting down a couple rare trees to add to the family.  With all of the new additions,  we have had a labor intensive week of building new planters, re-potting, and rearranging our landscape.

grapefruit cocktail recipe

We aren’t telling what our new trees are yet.  That post will have to wait until after we acquire all of the season’s new delights.  (Yes, we may even do an updated garden tour video after everything is settled in!) But we are happy to share that many of our old stand-bys are now able to find new root room in their updated locations.  One of which is our Red Rio Grapefruit.  In honor of our happy little grapefruit, we are going to celebrate a hand callousing week with a Salty Chihuahua cocktail.

This tequila version of a Salty Dog cocktail, is one of Diane’s current favorite cocktails.  The combination of fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, and the salt make a bright, refreshing cocktail.  Perfect for the rest of you who have to imagine what it is like to be in warm and sunny weather.   I know, that was damn bratty of me, but it’s just the Chihuahua yapping.

P.S. Don’t short cut and leave off salting the rim, because it completes the cocktail drink. You don’t want to drink just a Chihuahua do you? Yuck!

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Salty Chihuahua Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 5-6 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 3 oz Tequila
  • kosher or sea salt


  1. Rub the rim of an old fashion glass with a bit of the grapefruit.  Swirl the rim through a small pile of kosher or sea salt to salt the rim.
  2. Add grapefruit juice and tequila in a shaker, and shake with ice for 15 seconds.
  3. Put a few cubes of ice into your old fashion glass.  Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.
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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hélène January 16, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I envy you with all these beautiful fruit trees. This drink will be refreshing when we have some sun & warmer weather. It looks beautiful.


2 Julia January 17, 2009 at 5:35 am

I’m so jealous that you have warm weather! And you can grow fruit trees in your garden! I do pretty well for an urban garden, but if I were to plant any trees, I wouldn’t have sun for anything else…


3 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary January 17, 2009 at 5:50 am

80′s!!!! 80′s!!!! This morning it was 2 here. That that was our high!!! I’m so jealous!


4 MyKitchenInHalfCups January 17, 2009 at 5:52 am

Now that is sweet! Love those Red Rios and just have two left from my box!


5 Abigail January 17, 2009 at 5:21 am

Oh, wow, guys, that looks amazing and reminds me of my childhood days in Florida and my grandparents’ citrus fruit trees – fresh grapefruit for breakfast, plucked right off the tree (and lemons, tangerines…). What a refreshing chill-out that drink is! I’m with Diane – I think if I’d ever had this cocktail it’d be my favorite, too. :) Love me some grapefruit!


6 sarah January 17, 2009 at 10:48 am

i absolutely MUST make this now that i HAVE a teeny little chihuahua!


7 ts January 17, 2009 at 11:32 am

what sort of rare trees are you thinking? That would be my dream yard – all edible.

Ahhh, that is a surprise to be named later. A little hint, though. One is from Japan. Another is from Australia. Another is a new variety developed by the same people that created the pluot. Diane has let a few secrets out in her twitters, though. -WORC


8 Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy January 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Wow! That is one lovely and refreshing looking libation! We’ve got Ruby Reds all over the place around here and are always looking for new ways to use them. Thanks for the great idea!


9 Rita January 17, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Looks so good…..Tequila…..For me it would be 1….2…3…drink!…..sleep (probably on the floor)…

Nice photos guys!


10 Tiina January 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Yes, I am doing my best to imagine a warm and sunny weather!;) Actually today was quite sunny, but cold, well below freezing. The cocktail looks very refreshing, though, and I simply love pink grapefruit! I once grew some seedlings from the seeds of a pink grapefruit I bought from a store, unfortunately they did not get very big, neither did they last very long.



11 Victoria January 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm


I just started making whiskey sours, and now you turn me on to this???? The only problem is that it was 10 below when I got up this morning in the country (!) so I probably have to wait a couple of months.

By the way, that plane rescue was going on two blocks from our office on Thursday. I’m cold just thinking about it. But what luck. What an amazing pilot and what amazing rescuers. NYC was quite an amazed – and happy – City that day.

It’s wonderful to have something to feel good about. Now, if we can just get to Tuesday, perhaps we’ll be on our way back. Let’s all toast the new administration, shall we?


12 Abby January 17, 2009 at 3:13 pm

This looks really good. If I make my apartment a southern paradise, by turning up the heat. I think I would love this drink. It is beautiful. Oh by the way, extremely jealous of your fruit trees.


13 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 17, 2009 at 3:26 pm

The color of your grapefruits is so seductive! We’re awaiting our next snow storm here in RI — I cannot imagine being out in the garden. Oh, to be in California….


14 giz January 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Of course the drink looks totally amazing – wonder if I could substitute grapefruit for another citrus -


15 grace January 18, 2009 at 7:31 am

what a fun name, and in answer to your question, no, i don’t want to drink a chihuahua. as i watch the snow come down, i have to stress just how very jealous of ya’ll i am. :)


16 marilyn @ simmer till done January 18, 2009 at 8:46 am

Love this drink and how beautifully you’ve shown it off! It reminds me of that joke “1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila…floor!”


17 ts January 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

Apriums! Yes.
I want medlars, persimmons, and pomegrantes. Maybe quince.


18 Heather January 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

mmmm. i made something pretty close to this with blood red orange and grand marinier. sooo good!! your pictures are just gorgeous – as usual!


19 Pepy January 18, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I’m one of them… damn freezing here :)
jealous with you, guys :(


20 Marc @ NoRecipes January 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Great photos as usual and nice ice cubes! What kind of mold do you use for those? I have these silicon ones that make perfect square cubes, but they’re such a pain in the butt to get out of the trays I’m looking for a better solution.


21 Scott at Realepicurean January 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I love grapefruit to wake me up before work in the morning but can’t imagine a shot of tequila would do my career much good!

Will have to wait until it warms up before trying this one in an evening, methinks.


22 Food Woolf January 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Your pictures are so juicy I can practically taste that drink! (smacking her lips) Can’t wait to try this recipe!


23 Diana @ AppetiteforChina January 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

This looks so great! The colors are so alluring…maybe I’ll try this with pomelo.


24 Chez Us January 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Our friends Jeff & Andy were just making these at their house last weekend with all the wonderful grapefruits from their Palm Springs pad – sounds so good!


25 Paula Maack January 21, 2009 at 8:58 pm

Yum city!!


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