Since I spent this past weekend celebrating my good friend’s bachelorette party in Ocean City, Jersey, I thought it only fitting to share the dee-lish summery cocktail recipe I crafted for the occasion. Our friend had the stellar idea of having each girl come up with a signature cocktail to prepare for the weekend and she compiled everything together — along with some fun photos and anecdotes into a scrapbook for the bachelorette. There’s really nothing better than a margarita after a day of sunshine on the beach, am I right?
Spicy Grapefruit Margaritas (from Eat Live Run)
(proportions for two generous margs, multiply accordingly)
4 oz. tequila
2 oz. cayenne simple syrup
8 oz. grapefruit juice
lime wedges and grapefruit slices
For the cayenne simple syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
A couple of hours before you want to make the drinks, prepare the simple syrup so it has enough time to cool in the fridge. Combine the sugar, water and cayenne in a small saucepot and bring to a simmer. Stir so that all sugar melts then remove from heat and refrigerate.
To assemble the margaritas, run the lime wedge around the rims of the glasses then press in salt or spice rub — I actually skipped this step because some of my girlfriends aren’t big salt fans. Place ice in glasses and add to each glass 2 oz. tequila, 1 oz. simple syrup (or to taste) and 4 oz. grapefruit juice. You can add more or less syrup and juice depending on how sweet you like your margarita. Stir well and serve (or use a shaker to mix the ingredients beforehand). Garnish with lime and grapefruit slices.