If ever there was a sure fire way to get me interested in a particular fruit, it is to margarita-fy it. Let’s be real – I’m still 95% in the not loving beets camp, but last week my girlfriends sent me pics of beet ‘ritas at a local restaurant and I’m like, “Let’s do this!” As I have alluded to previously, I’ve been very slow to come around to grapefruit in general, but it was pink grapefruit margaritas that made me see the light. I first had one at a restaurant here in Indy at the recommendation of the bartender. I dutifully tried all the flavors just to be sure (such taxing research), but he was right. The pink grapefruit margarita really is their best one.

So good, in fact, that I found myself craving them often. It was only natural to try recreating them at home. This research was slightly less fun with a lot more sour faces and watering eyes on my way to finding the right balance of flavors and the right texture. I did it though. You’re welcome. Make yourself a batch of the pink grapefruit sorbet, invite friends over, grab that cocktail shaker, and have fun!

As an aside, I want to apologize for my infrequent posting of late. I have SO much to share with you all and I miss writing more often. There are so many recipes and other fun things I am dying to write about. However, I am grappling with how to make space for it. It takes a lot of cognitive dissonance to process all that is happening in our world and then write about something as seemingly inane as food, fashion, etc. This is new territory and I’m doing my best to figure it out with some dignity. Thanks for your patience, friends.


  • Pink grapefruit sorbet, about 2/3 cup
  • 6 tbsp. tequila blanco
  • 3 tbsp. orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice


  • 01

    Chill two cocktail glasses in the freezer for 15 minutes. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 scoops of the sorbet with the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Shake well until the sorbet is mostly dissolved. Add one more scoop of sorbet to each glass. Pour the mixture from the cocktail shaker over the sorbet, dividing evenly between the two glasses. Taste, and adjust as necessary.

  • 02

    Note: You may want to double the recipe up front. The drinks pictured are each a double serving, because never have I had one margarita and thought, “I’m all set. That’s enough.” 


  • Liz N.

    SWEET BABY JESUS! Adding 2 bags of pink grapefruit to my grocery list this weekend. I have to make BOTH the sorbet and the margaritas this weekend, which are going on my Easter menu. I’m with you on the beets. I don’t think I will ever like them. They just taste like dirt, no matter how it’s prepared (roasted, fresh, pickled), Nope. Not ever. Looking forward to seeing C’s birthday party post soon.

  • Lanette

    As someone who checks your blog daily, I miss your more frequent posts. That said, I also completely understand. Grappling myself with the daily onslaught of what I consider bad news gets overwhelming.

    I was a late bloomer to grapefruit as well but I have to say the recipe for grapefruit poppyseed muffins are a favorite around here. Can’t wait to try the margaritas!

  • How serendipitous that I would see this post shortly after one from my favorite local liquor store advertising a new grapefruit tequila they got in. I was thinking it would be smashing in a Paloma, but why not a doubly-grapefruit-y marg?

  • Lauren Ochoa

    Cognitive dissonance… that’s a good way of putting it! It feels like there is a dark cloud over everything. I do think that there is a place for margaritas in all of that though. I love pink grapefruit and I heard somewhere that it is an appetite suppressant so these are diet margaritas, right?

  • Shari

    You know it’s hurts me to suggest this and definitely not telling you what to do. Not sure how long your new website launch is, maybe you should talk a hiatus until it launches. Spring break is here and with everything going on in the world we should all reset our focus, it is indeed perilous times in our world. Love your site so much and you bring families together through food and celebration. You have so much in the archives that could sustain us for years.

    We appreciate what you do so much, my baking and cooking has improved 1000% because of your site.

  • Annie

    I am just going to keep doing what feels right when it feels right, but I appreciate the suggestion.

  • Annie

    Totally! Love your thinking girl.

  • Ann Grismore

    Grapefruit margaritas are our favorite! It was the signature cocktail at our wedding and was so popular we ran out of grapefruit and the staff ran to get more! Love that your version is made with the sorbet. This is going on my Cinco de Mayo menu!

  • Angela

    This was a resounding success for me. Love it. Love you.

  • Annie

    So glad to hear it! Love you too, lady.

  • savannah sipperly

    Hey Annie! Been following since 2009 and your blog is the best. These margaritas look amazing, but was wondering if you think vodka could be substituted for tequila, and if so if you would still add the Cointreau. I know substitution questions are super annoying, but I really want to make these for a bachelorette – the only issue is, the bride doesn’t like tequila!

  • Annie

    I would recommend just trying your idea beforehand and seeing how it turns out. I hate vodka overall, so I’m not a good judge of that substitution. I think it should be easy enough to experiment with and figure out what proportion works best with a different liquor. Plus, you get to make extra cocktails! Good luck :)