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Roasted Grapefruit & Habanero Margarita

For me, margaritas are a summertime staple. Having a warm day, chased with bright citrus fruit and tequila, all in a salt-rimmed glass is just one of my favorite things. That said, I also love seasonal margaritas, like this roasted grapefruit and habanero margarita. Instead of being tart as one would expect from a grapefruit-based drink, this margarita is slightly smokey, crisp, and just a little spicy. It’s perfect for winter.
|Written February 2, 2013

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 grapefruits, 3 cups juiced and remainder for garnish
  • 1 cup Tequila
  • 1 habanero pepper
  • 4 limes, 2 for juice and 2 for garnish
  • ¼ cup Grand Marnier
  • coarse salt, to rim the glasses
SERVINGS4 servings
TOTAL TIME15minutes
PREP5minutes
COOK10minutes

1

Halve 1 habanero pepper. Now, be careful doing this because these little babies can burn. Do not rub your eyes or any other sensitive area without washing your hands thoroughly first.

2

Add the habanero slices to 1 cup tequila and let it steep for about three hours, or longer if you really want a kick!

3

Slice 5 grapefruits in half and place them on a baking sheet. Place them in the broiler for about 10 minutes, or until the skins have roasted and shriveled and the pink flesh becomes charred.

4

Remove the grapefruits and let them cool. When they are just warm to the touch, juice them and place the juice in the fridge to cool.

5

Once the tequila is ready, strain out the peppers and combine it along with the grapefruit juice, the juice of 2 limes, 1/4 cup grand marnier, and the remaining 1 grapefruit and 2 limes, cut into slices.

6

Serve the margarita on the rocks in salt rimmed glasses and enjoy! Actually, this drink should be enjoyed outside…it will keep you warm!