A Refreshing Grapefruit Basil Margarita

Grapefruit Basil Margarita
tequila cocktails with basil
tequila basil grapefruit cocktail

One of my favorite flavor combinations is grapefruit with basil. Something about the tangy citrus and the sweet fragrant basil creates the perfect balance for me. Throwing in tequila gives it just the right amount of kick to get me excited.  

I used a new tequila I recently discovered, Partida. It’s smooth and pairs well with the citrus in this margarita “up”.  If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail this summer, today’s grapefruit basil margarita is sure to be a winner. 

This cocktail can be served on the rocks no problem. Maybe try making an infused salt rim to spice things up. A bit of cayenne or even chopped basil to hone in on the flavor profile would be fun. That’s part of the reason why I love cocktails, they’re so easy and fun to switch up and make your own.   This cocktail is super easy to create and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients. Here’ show I do it.  

Grapefruit Basil Margarita Recipe


  • 1.5 oz Partida tequila
  • 1.5 oz grapefruit juice
  • 1 slice of grapefruit
  • 1 squeeze of honey or agave
  • 3-4 basil leaves  


  1. Tear the basil leaves into a shaker.
  2. Add the slice of grapefruit & agave then muddle together.
  3. Add ice, tequila and juice and shake.
  4. Pour into a martini glass an garnish with fresh basil.    

TIP: If you aren’t a fan of tequila, you can easily swap out the liquor for vodka or gin.

This is actually REALLY good with vodka even though I’m not a fan of vodka. Grapefruit goes well with all three of these liquors so swap it out!  You can also truly enhance the flavor of the grapefruit basil margarita by adding in grapefruit infused vodka which is easy to find.  Using infused liquors helps to enhance flavors which can be great if your fruit may not be super ripe.  

PS If you like basil in your cocktails, try this coconut basil gimlet. Also, try my classic skinny margarita here.

Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 2.4.14
    RosaLovesDC said:

    Great combo! I want to try this ASAP.

  2. 2.4.14
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl said:

    This looks delicious!!! I hope you plan on making me all of these recipes when I come down in July!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  3. 2.4.14
    Nicole said:

    Looks great and I love margaritas. I wouldn’t have thought of grapefruit and basil together, but can’t wait to try it!

  4. 2.4.14
    Kristina said:

    Ooo this sounds really good, I love any drink with grapefruit in it, and basil sounds like an interesting but yummy addition 😉

    Kristina does the Internets

  5. 2.5.14
    Mary Stackhouse said:

    I’m a tequila girl and will be trying this! The basil is interesting. Great post.

    x, Mary