Grapefruit Cocktail, A Salty Chihuahua

Salty Chihuahua Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe it's like a Margarita with Grapefruit Juice | @whiteonrice

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: over 40 fruit trees. With all of the new additions,  we have had a labor intensive week of building new planters, re-potting, and rearranging our landscape.

Salty Chihuahua Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe it's like a Margarita with Grapefruit Juice | @whiteonrice

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.



Salty Chihuahua Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe it's like a Margarita with Grapefruit Juice | @whiteonrice

Salty Chihuahua Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe it's like a Margarita with Grapefruit Juice | @whiteonrice


Salty Chihuahua Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe it's like a Margarita with Grapefruit Juice | @whiteonrice


Salty Chihuahua Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe it's like a Margarita with Grapefruit Juice | @whiteonrice


Salty Chihuahua Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe it's like a Margarita with Grapefruit Juice | @whiteonrice


5 from 1 vote
Salty Chihuahua Cocktail
Total Time
10 mins

The better the grapefruit juice you have, the better the cocktail. If you have the time, squeeze some fresh juice.

Servings: 1 cocktail
  • 5-6 ounces (150-180ml) fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 2-3 ounces (60-90ml) 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 an ice filled shaker, and shake for 15 seconds.
  3. Put a few large cubes of ice into your old fashion glass.  Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.
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  1. Paula Maack

    Yum city!!

  2. Chez Us

    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!

  3. Diana @ AppetiteforChina

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

  4. Food Woolf

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

  5. Scott at Realepicurean

    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.

  6. Marc @ NoRecipes

    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.

  7. Pepy

    I’m one of them… damn freezing here 🙂
    jealous with you, guys 🙁

  8. Heather

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

  9. ts

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

  10. marilyn @ simmer till done

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

  11. grace

    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. 🙂

  12. giz

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

  13. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    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. Abby

    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.

  15. Victoria


    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?

  16. Tiina

    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.


  17. Rita

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

    Nice photos guys!

  18. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    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!

  19. ts

    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

  20. sarah

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

  21. Abigail

    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!

  22. MyKitchenInHalfCups

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

  23. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

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

  24. Julia

    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…

  25. Hélène

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

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