Grapefruit and Black Pepper Margaritas

Grapefruit Black Pepper Margaritas from Rosemarried

Happy Cuatro de Mayo!

I had every intention of posting this recipe earlier in the week to give y’all plenty of time to plan your Cinco de Mayo menu, but I simply didn’t get to it. So, I’ll keep this short and sweet.

It’s a sunny, 80+ degree day in Portland, OR. It isn’t summer yet, technically, but it certainly feels that way. It’s a perfect Saturday.

The only thing that would make this day a little more perfect? A margarita, of course.

Enjoy the day.

Soak in the sunshine.

Make yourself a margarita.

Grapefruit Margaritas with Black Pepper from Rosemarried

Grapefruit and Black Pepper Margaritas

Serving Size: Makes 1 margarita


  • 2 ounces quality tequila (I used Espelon Tequila Blanco)
  • 3 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Kosher or sea salt (for rim)
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, plus more for rim
  • Orange bitters*
  • *If you do not have orange (or other) bitters, you may substitute a small bit of orange liqueur, such a Triple Sec.


  1. First, prepare the black peppercorn syrup. In a small saucepan, mix the agave syrup with a couple teaspoons of water. Gently crush the black peppercorns with a mortar and pestle (or using the flat side of a knife) and stir into the agave mixture. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat. Allow mixture to simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Set aside until use.
  2. Prepare the glass: to line the glass with salt (and black pepper!). moisten the rim of an empty glass. (I run a lime wedge along the rim). Pour kosher salt onto a small plate, and grind some fresh black pepper onto the plate as well. Dip the rim of the glass in the salt/pepper mixture. Set aside.
  3. Pour the tequila, grapefruit juice, orange bitters, and 2 teaspoons black peppercorn agave syrup into a cocktail shaker (or mason jar). Shake/mix well. Taste, and adjust to your liking.
  4. Place ice cubes into the prepared glass and pour the grapefruit mixture over the ice. Enjoy!

2 Responses

  1. autumn says:

    I love that you play off of the savory side of rhubarb here… my fav!

  2. Bruce Morgan says:

    A perfect companion peppercorns might be Vietnamese Pepper with its light flavor with a hints of lemon-citrus aroma. Available at

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