This white grapefruit margarita is made with basil simple syrup for a light, not too sweet, refreshing cocktail. I was inspired to make this drink because I’ve been doing the “D” word for the past few months – dieting! I wanted a cocktail that I could indulge in without adding on too many extra calories and sugar so I looked to the notoriously tart grapefruit for a solution.
As I sipped a basic tequila and grapefruit cocktail I thought it could benefit from a little more pizzazz and depth of flavor so I created the recipe below. Basil is an amazing herb to use in cocktails so I made a simple syrup with it in order to take the edge off the tart taste of the grapefruit. The flavor is subtle but delicious, and a few dashes of orange bitters brightens it up even more. That little hint of sweetness makes this cocktail more ‘entertaining friendly’, but it’s most certainly not a sweet drink.
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White Grapefruit Margarita
- 1 1/2 oz clear tequila
- 2 teaspoons basil simple syrup
- 3 oz white grapefruit juice
- 2-3 dashes orange bitters
In a glass, add ice and all ingredients. Stir and garnish with fresh basil or a grapefruit slice.
TIP: Rim the glass with sugar if you like.
Basil Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, torn
Add all 3 ingredients to a small pot and heat over medium heat. Bring to a low boil until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove from heat and let cool at room temperature – about 30 minutes.
Pour syrup through a strainer to remove basil leaves, and store in a small bottle in the refrigerator until ready to use.
What’s nice about this drink is that you can add a little more or less of the simple syrup to the mix to suit your taste. That’s what I love about mixology – there are no hard and fast rules, just balance the flavors to suit your palate!