I’ll be honest, I’m not big into basketball so the March Madness/brackets stuff is pretty much lost on me. I’m more of a football/hockey/baseball kinda girl. But imagine a big bracket where instead of college bball teams battling it out, it was a bracket filled with margarita flavors. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. All day, ev’ry day.
Picture it (Sophia-style). You’d have the tournament favorites, the strawberry-lime swirls of the competition if you will. Sure, you’d have some more unexpected winners like this blood orange margarita. But who’d be the Cinderella story? The underdog, come-from-nowhere margarita that would swoop in and blow the favorite out of the water.
The margarita formerly known as the Spicy Grapefruit Margarita.
It’s got it all: spicy, tarty, a smidge of sweet and loaded with lots of lime-y flavor. Could you really ask for anything more?
Queso, you should probably ask for queso.
I told you my newfound love of grapefruit-habanero combinations had no end in sight. The breakout star of this margarita? Oh, you know, just a little star player with some serious zip. Habanero simple syrup.
* Mic drop *
So let’s do the stats on this bracket-bustin’ spicy grapefruit margarita:
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 habaneros, quartered
- 1 64 oz grapefruit juice
- 3 tablespoons Agave syrup
- Limes for garnish
- Habanero salt for garnish
- 1 bottle of tequila
- In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the water to a boil. Add in sugar, whisk to combine.
- Add habaneros and turn heat to medium-low and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Turn off heat and bring it to room temperature.
- In a pitcher, pour the grapefruit juice and drizzle about 3 tablespoons of agave syrup. Add more agave if you want a sweeter margarita.
- Add ¼ cup of the habanero simple syrup, adjust for taste if you want it spicier.
- Rub lime over the rim of the glasses and press into habanero salt to coat.
- Pour each margarita and garnish with a lime (optional).