Rachel Getting Merry: Grapefruit Margaritas (+ a giveaway!)

by Rachel on December 6, 2011

I distinctly remember the night in college when I discovered that grapefruit juice covers the taste of alcohol better than any other mixer.

I had only been in London for a few days for study abroad. We decided to drink in our flats that night so we hit the liquor store and all picked up our favorite options, each traveler bringing his or her own tastes to the party. One of my new friends bought vodka, grapefruit juice, and Sprite; as soon as I tasted the combo — and only tasted grapefruit and Sprite — I was sold on grapefruit’s magical properties. (And I probably went on and on about this in a really loud voice to anyone who would listen.)

I’ve always liked grapefruits, but honestly, they are one of those foods that I rarely eat because I just cannot make them like my grandma can. She can peel/segment/juice them so perfectly, leaving the shreds in a cold, pink, juicy pile in a bowl that makes for a perfect breakfast treat. I just make a big sticky mess. So while I love eating them, I avoid buying them. But grapefruit juice? As a mixer? Well, that makes sense to me.

And I’m pumped about a grapefruit cocktail because I love citrusy in holiday recipes. I collect vintage cookbooks and Christmas ones are a special treat. One of my favorite things about the cookbooks from the 1950s and 60s is their use of Christmas pastels (so many pistachio-colored cakes!) and citrus fruits. There’s just something about the whole palm tree/coconut/Santa Clause/oranges/grapefruit motif that I love.

So last week, the people who represent Florida grapefruits contacted me (yes, grapefruit has a PR rep; honestly, it’s nice to see real foods get some PR lovin’ once in a while) about talking about the benefits of grapefruit and doing a giveaway. Turns out, the fruits go well in Christmas recipes because Florida grapefruits are actually in season this time of year.

As I was reading all the health benefits of grapefruit that they shared with me, all I could think was, “So…I’m going to have to negate all the awesome health benefits by mixing it with alcohol.” But then I thought, “…or I’m going to negate the effects of the vodka with all these awesome health benefits!

I’ll take my margarita with salt and Vitamin C, thank you very much.

Grapefruit Margaritas

(Makes two drinks; serves…one if you’re me)

2 shots triple sec

2-4 shots tequila

12 ounces (ish) of pure grapefruit juice

A few tablespoons of sugar for rimming

Wet the rims of the glasses and dip in sugar. Add a shot of triple sec, 1-2 shots of tequila (oh just make it two; it’s the holidays!), and 6 ounces of grapefruit juice to each glass.

I made this the other night to have with tacos and it was delicious. And strong. Except it didn’t taste strong because grapefruit juice is magical like that! I know tequila makes people think “Spring Break,” but this totally feels like something from a fancy 1950s Christmas cocktail party.

And now that I’ve had some tequila, it’s fitting that I’d start giving it up!

I have ten prize packs to give away; each includes a Florida grapefruit reusable tote bag and a Florida grapefruit water bottle. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me your thoughts on grapefruit. Like it? Hate it? Have a good story on mixing it with alc to share? Just leave it in the comments to enter! You have until 11:59 PM PST on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 to enter.

CHEERS!

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1 jen December 6, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I must have really old parents with entirely too many medications because everytime I think of grapefruit juice, I always think of those little warning stickers on meds that say it may no be effective if mixed with grapefruit juice.

but i like it!

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2 Rachel December 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm

YES! A lot of meds do say that! Why IS that!?

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3 Kim December 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

Grapefruit juice affects the enzymes of the small intestines that break down medications. The juice inhibits the enzymes that metabolize the drug, so the concentration of drug in your blood builds up. It gets to be a pretty sticky situation when you’re taking medications that tip-toe the line between life-saver and toxic.

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4 Liz @ Southern Charm December 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I LOVE this recipe!! Such a great idea.

I’m a huge fan of grapefruit!

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5 Vanessa VanAlstyne December 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Grapefruit and I have never been friends. I always want to like it, I mean I love it’s cousin the orange, but I just have never gotten into the taste. I will say I love to look at grapefruits though, visually they are a really fun fruit. I love to watch people cut them in half and reveal that sweet pink inside. I love prints and pictures of them, I just, can’t handle their taste. It’s to bitter for me. Maybe if mixed with the right amount of sugar or something I’d get into the juice, but it seems silly to make fruit bad for you like that.

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6 Laura December 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

My family always eats grapefruits around the holidays! My great uncle, who conveniently lives in Florida, ships my parents a box of 2 dozen grapefruits each year. They’re great, but, like you said, messy! I’ve always secretly hoped someone would invent a grapefruit cutting/peeling device to make the job easier!

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7 Cheryl December 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I’m not usually a fan of grapefruit straight up, but I love mixing it with a little (or a lot!) of vodka! :) My husband loves margaritas so I am going to make this one for him to try.

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8 Laura December 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

This sounds delish! I love grapefruit!

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9 Lauren December 6, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I love grapefruit! My best investment was one of those little grapefruit knives that are double-sided to section out the pieces. I like to section them out but leave them in the rind so it’s easier to eat during lunch. Sprinkle a little sugar on top…yum!! Drinking the juice that’s leftover is my favorite part…so mixing it with my favorite alcohol should be no-brainer!!!

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10 Summer December 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I love grapefruit! Grapefruit-flavored anything is my favorite. And yes, it does go exceptionally well with booze; although I don’t use it as a mixer very often because, ew, calories. But one or two special drinks with it are certainly worth the exception.

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11 Malorie December 6, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I love grapefruit, but I don’t eat it often either. The margarita sounds awesome, but I hear that it’s bad to have tequila when you’re pregnant so I’ll have to wait until June for that…

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12 Rachel December 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

“I hear that it’s bad to have tequila when you’re pregnant” — LOVE. THAT.

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13 RAIN December 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I love grapefruit but agree..it’s MESSY!!

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14 Angie December 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Um, I am so pumped you’re doing this recipe (and giveaway!) because I’m obsessed with grapefruit. I used to eat it every night before bed, because I’m a weirdo, but I gave that habit up because of the messiness (and I get lazy easily). I actually just started buying more red grapefruit and read the other day on the grapefruit website exactly how to quarter it and peel it nicely, which made me more excited than it should have. I’m a grapefruit nerd. No lie. Also I used to live in Florida so I think overall, I’m pretty into this giveaway.

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15 Kristi Miller December 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I love grapefruit juice! Whenever a bar has the juice, Greyhounds are my Go-To!

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16 Courtney December 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

LOVE grapefruit but I also can’t prep it for myself!! I do drink grapefruit juice about once a week but never with alcohol but maybe that should change! Happy holidays :)

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17 Kimberly December 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I used to hate grapefruit. Hate. Hate. Hate. But my darling husband is a miracle worker and has gotten me to love grapefruit! I make a big sticky mess like you if I try to section them myself though so of course I make him do it…which is totally fine, right?!

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18 Jessica December 6, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Brilliant! I can’t wait to try this cocktail, it seems perfect for the holiday season.

I adore grapefruits, they remind me of my great grandmother who had 1/2 of one every morning for breakfast for 50 years… maybe it’s the trick to longevity :)

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19 Caitie @ The Caitie Experiment December 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Having mixed basically every fruit-flavored liquid known to man with vodka (one night we did the “Line of 99” aka paired each of the 99 proof flavors with a complementary chaser. Let me say that crystal light does not, in fact, do the job), I am amazed that I’ve never even thought to use grapefruit juice as a mixer… yum! I used to hate it as a kid, but it’s grown on me over the past few years and now I eat one once a week or so. I get covered in juice and bits of pulp and leave sticky fingerprints everywhere, but I figure at least my desk has a citrusy-floral aroma for my coworkers to enjoy.

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20 Beth December 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Ummmm loooove grapefruit! I always drink it before I eat a “cheat day” meal, because apparently grapefruit can help you loose fat (I read it in a book…I swear!)And any cocktail that masks the taste of alcohol and contributes to me behaving badly is a good thing in my book!

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21 Emily Susan December 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I LOVE grapefruit! I go through them like crazy! However, I foolishly have not been mixing my grapefruit with alcohol. Seems like a trip to the Liquor store may be in order!

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22 Mel December 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

When I was abroad, Grapefruit was also my mixer of choice! I haven’t even thought of using it since (it was so prominent there) but now maybe I’ll be bringing it back.

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23 Dallas December 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Every single time I read “Rachel Getting Merry”, my brain turns it into “Rachel Getting Married” and then I have a mini-heart attack.

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24 Rachel December 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

LOL.

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25 Pamela December 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm

There must be something about grandmas and grapefruit … I would always have grapefruit for breakfast when I visited my grandparents in Florida. My sister and I would go out into the backyard and pick them right off the tree.

I’m not super fond of grapefruit juice because it can be so bitter (better to cover up the alcohol I guess!) but I’ve have to try it sometime with Sprite (and vodka).

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26 lauren December 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I love grapefruit juice… especially with Absolut Ruby Red grapefruit vodka and a squeeze of lime! Yum!

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27 MelissaNibbles December 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

THIS is how you write a post about a product or food item without it sounding like you’re being paid to say good things. Kudos!

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28 erin December 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

i only usually like citrusy type drinks. and i haven’t really tried grapefruit yet mostly because i wasn’t allowed to eat it! it conflicted with my meds! but since i’m not on any meds. I just think i will try it!

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29 Nikki December 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I LOVE grapefruit, it always reminds me of my grandmother, she used to cut one in half for us and my sister and i would eat it with a spoon and then she would let us eat ice cream or cereal out of our little “bowls.”

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30 Samantha M. December 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m into it… I actually quite enjoy tequila, but I can’t handle it on its own anymore (one bad Spring Break experience too many), so this sounds like a good way to get my tequila on. YUM.

I’ve had very little success with grapefruit – regular grapefruit is too tart for me, and pink grapefruit is so messy/semi-tedious to eat that I don’t often buy it (although I do like it, with a little sweetener sprinkled on top). Again, though, I like the idea of it as a mixer as my palate’s sick of sugary-sweet cocktails as I get older. It might be a good in-between for sugartini’s and straight-up shots.

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31 Sarah December 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I’ve never really used grapefruit juice as a mixer before, but I trust you on matters Margarita. I’ll have to try this soon.. maybe this weekend!

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32 Tina December 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I actually don’t think I’ve ever tried grapefruit or grapefruit juice…weird, I know. But I lovee lemonade as a mixer.. kind of similar, right?

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33 Sara Jett Santos December 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

One of my first experiences with grapefruit and alcohol was when my aunt made me a Salty Dog. It is simply vodka and grapefruit juice but the rim of the glass is salted. It’s magically delicious and very refreshing, just like you describe. Cheers!

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34 Lindsay December 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I love grapefruit! I used to hate it but “re-discovered” it last year and literally ate a grapefruit half every day from December – June (so sad when the seasoned ended!) I’m super excited that it’s December again and my obsession is renewed!

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35 Kristine B December 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I love grapefruit!! I remember sitting on my grandparent’s carport step eating freshly picked grapefruit from their tree that grandma would cut into wedges. It’s one of my favorite memories of when they lived in Florida!

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36 deva @ deva by definition December 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I love grapefruit, especially as part of breakfast, smeared with some seedy raspberry jam or broiled with brown sugar. SO GOOD.

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37 [SMASH] December 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I always remember eating grapefruit for breakfast as a youngster. Sprinkle a pinch of sugar on top and it was good to go. I never eat it now BUT I do enjoy some Malibu and pineapple from time to time. That margarita sounds delish!

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38 Liz December 6, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Not gonna lie – I hate the grapefruit, although I can tolerate it when mixed with vodka and/or gin. :D

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39 Mitra December 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I don’t really like grapefruit that much, but I haven’t tried eating it in years. There are lots of things I really used to hate, and now I love them, so maybe I should give grapefruit a try again!

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40 Ashley December 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Honestly I haven’t really eaten that much grapefruit- sounds like a perfect opportunity to try some!

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41 Tony December 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

This will be a first for me. I don’t eat grapefruit at all. Some juice here and here. I am intrigued by this magic grapefruit recipe. I will surely try this out!

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42 Rachel December 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

This may sound weird, but I freaking love grapefruit with coarse sea salt. Cuts through the bitterness.

I also have had roasted grapefruit as a brunch food, with a sugary crust on top. It is AMAZING.

Did you know that there have been studies showing that just the smell of grapefruit induced people nearby to metabolize fat more efficiently? Not sure how they measure that, but it’s true!

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43 M December 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I love grapefruit, I think I started eating it because of those random rumors about how it speeds up your metabolism? But truthfully, it’s so refreshing in the summer, sprinkled with cinnamon and a little honey. I also hear it’s great broiled.

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44 Jessie December 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I love grapefruit and grapefruit juice. I don’t buy the fruit often because I feel the same way about peeling and slicing it. However, it’s SO delicious when I do take the time, especially since I can buy it local and in season here in Florida.

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45 Chrissy (The New Me) December 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I haven’t had grapefruit much, but I really, really, really want to like it. I know that it’s so good for you, so I plan to start trying it, at least for breakfast. Maybe a goal for the New Year!

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46 Becca S. December 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

I used to hate grapefruit growing up! My grandmother would always put them in her fruit salads, and I always deemed them the “fruit salad ruiners.” Now, I enjoy eating the grapefruit halved (diet-style with a spoon) with a sprinkling of Stevia or maple syrup. And I think grapefruit juice goes well with coconut rum and Sprite!

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47 Caitlin December 6, 2011 at 3:33 pm

I absolutely love grapefruits! And its juice mixed with Sprite and vodka?? Count me in.

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48 betsy December 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I like grapefruit as a snack but prefer it with gin!

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49 Laura December 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I LOVE grapefruit…I saw on Pinterest the other day about baking(!?!) it! Will HAVE to try that soon!

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50 Ana December 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I have not tried eating grapefruit. I am going to put it on my list of things to try!

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51 Madelyn December 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

..sigh…grapefruit is a food that I really WISH I liked, but I just don’t. Every once in a while I re-try it to see if my tastes have changed at all….but I just do not like it. My first thought when I saw this blog title was oh yum that sounds good! And then I remembered I don’t like the taste of grapefruit….But hey, I’d still like a tote bag!

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52 Carrie @ No More Tomorrows December 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I’ve never had grapefruit before. Maybe it’s something I should try sometime in my life?

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53 Phoebe December 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I LOVE grapefruit juice (and grapefruit, but they are really hard to eat so maybe less so). You are spot on about how well it conceals alcohol taste, I think lemonade might work a little better though. Or maybe I just put too much vodka in. I drank so much vodka and grapefruit juice in college that, having read that grapefruit juice consumption might be correlated with kidney stones (which I have an irrational fear of), actually called my doctors’ office to confirm. I was told no, it doesn’t cause kidney stones. Yay! Also vodka/grapefruit has a cute name – the Greyhound.

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54 Nicole December 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

The best part about grapefruit is that it has its own utensil! I used to make a mess with grapefruit as well, but then I watched my mom pull out a crazy serrated spoon one day and take one apart easily. I think they used to be regular parts of flatware sets back in the day and you can buy them at Bed, Bath & Beyond now.

Also, try adding rosemary sprigs to grapefruit + vodka cocktails…. soooo good.

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55 Stephanie @ LoveLaughterLight December 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I haven’t ever been a fan of grapefruit or its juice, but I’d sure give it a go in a cocktail!

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56 Amanda December 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I love grapefruit juice mixed with things. I cannot stand regular grapefruit and refuse to eat it in fruit form. I love that vintage cookbooks actually followed a seasonal rotation. I love my cookbook from 1935.

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57 Jessamyn December 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm

i love grapefruit!! i remember making a sea breeze cocktail in college…cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, and vodka. i also remember that most other people must not have been too sold on it, because grapefruit juice was almost always the leftover mixer at the end of any party. here’s a recipe we should have tried!

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58 Amy December 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

I LOVE grapefruit! I eat half of one almost every morning for breakfast. I’m far too lazy to bother segmenting and eat it with a fork, so I cut the whole thing into eight slices and just eat it right off the peel (like an orange). I try to limit this to times I’m by myself though, as it looks just as classy it sounds lmao. I also love vodka, so I’m kind of shocked I never thought to combine the too. Hmm, off to the grocery store I guess!

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59 Parita December 6, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I’ve honestly never mixed grapefruit and alcohol but am willing to give that combo a try!

To tell you the truth, I was drawn to this giveaway because the tote is a FL one. I currently live in FL and will be for the foreseeable future. :)

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60 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel December 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Grapefruit juice. Hmm. I’m going to have to give that a try (how often can a person mix with sprite? haha).

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61 Jane December 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Grapefruit is my favorite fruit. And there is a grocery store in Atlanta called Your Dekalb World Farmer’s Market, which is like a giant independent Sam’s Club of international food, and you can buy grapefruit for as low as twenty-nine cents a pop. It is the most magical thing, and now I eat grapefruit constantly because it’s cheap. If ever I end up on blood pressure medication and cannot eat grapefruit, I’m not sure what I’ll do with myself. Probably stop taking my blood pressure medication.

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62 Christie Farrar December 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Ive never tried grapefruit. So that means I need to win! ;)

I recently discovered my love for tart fruit juices. I love to drink cranberry and pomegranate juice straight up… Both are great mixed with tea as well. I will have to try grapefruit juice!

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63 Aleksa December 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Love it!

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64 Manon December 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I’m with you……love grapefruit, but can’t cut the fuckers right to save my life….it just ends in a mess. So, grapefruit juice and booze? THAT is something I can get behind!

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65 Emily H. December 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I agree…I love grapefruit, but mangle the fuck out of them when I try to section them out. I love a good greyhound…the combo of grapefruit and cranberry juice is super yum. And healthy, right? The juices totally offset the bad-for-you-ness of the vodka.

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66 Colleen December 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I like grapefruit juice! I’m a dietetic tech though and always have to tell people not to eat grapefruit with their statin/calcium channel blocker meds b/c it increases the toxicity. It’s ruined grapefruit for me a little bit!

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67 Stephanie December 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I love grapefruit, especially pink grapefruit. My dad used to slice it in half, and then slice around each piece for me, separating the fruit from the skin. Happy memories! I’ve never mixed alcohol with grapefruit…definitely putting that one on my “to-do” list.

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68 Stephanie December 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I love grapefruit! I love winter breakfasts where I just split one in half, pull out my handy grapefruit knife, sprinkle a little sugar and I’m good to go. My grandma grew up in Florida (and coincidentally ended up living in Michigan..isn’t it supposed to be the other way around?) so every year she sends everyone in my family a carton of Florida grapefruit (no offense Texas, but I find Florida grapefruit much better).

Also, grapefruit juice, preferably fresh-squeezed, is great with gin. If you have St. Germain to add too, even better. If you like gin that is…some people just don’t. But I personally find the combination delicious.

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69 Eunice December 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I need to win this because I have this collection of totes that drives Kohy crazy and one with a grapefruit on it sounds perfect. I make a mess with grapefruit too but I buy them because they are usually cheap here in Florida.

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70 allie December 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm

love grapefruit! i was hoping you’d be giving away tequila too though!

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71 Heidi Nicole December 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

I really don’t have a lot of experience with grapefruit but I’d like to give it a shot!

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72 Lauren December 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Not actually a huge fan of grapefuit plain, but I think mixed with tequila I might change my mind!

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73 Megan @ MegGoesNomNom December 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Diet Squirt was a favorite college drink mixer for me! You are right – grapefruit is a very effective “masker” of booze. But I definitely like the idea of using real, pure grapefruit juice as a mixer, too. Has to be far more nutritious.

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74 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 6, 2011 at 11:59 pm

I lovelovelove grapefruit. I used to eat them with breakfast every day, but then I got to college. #yeah

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75 Bria @ WestofPersia December 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

I like it, don’t love it. But your cocktail recipe certainly has me thinking I could love it. . .

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76 Kim December 7, 2011 at 12:25 am

At first, I thought you were giving away tequila… which would be amazing.

I’ve never had a good grapefruit experience but my mom eats hers with salt + red chili peppers. It’s one of those Asian things I just can’t get into.

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77 Jessica December 7, 2011 at 12:25 am

My aunt just sent our family a box of oranges and grapefruits from Florida for Christmas. Now I’ll have to juice one up and try this recipe – sounds delish!

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78 Amy @ My Life as a Lazy Girl December 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

I grew up in Florida and our neighbor had a grapefruit tree that gave my family as many as we wanted. I loved having them for breakfast :)

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79 Kiki December 7, 2011 at 12:52 am

all I can say is… GREYHOUNDS! changed my vodka drinking experience for good

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80 shelly December 7, 2011 at 1:21 am

My father in law roasts grapefruit halves with brown sugar or something… I’m not sure what it is but its delish! I love Florida citrus, makes me miss my home state while I’m living in Cali!

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81 Jun December 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

Thanks for sharing, I think I will try this one for this coming holiday season.

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82 Jessica December 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

I love grapefruit! I love how tart is. My boyfriend covers it in sugar, but I would rather have it in its nekkid glory!

Also– absolutely trying this marg.

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83 Lizilla December 7, 2011 at 11:26 am

Grapefruit juice always reminds me of going to the orthodontist. For some reason they always had dutch cocoa cookies and grapefruit juice boxes. Weird combination. However I have never tried it with alcohol but that might be my drink o’ choice this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

(Also I like grapefruit and free schwag!)

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84 Mandi December 7, 2011 at 11:31 am

Oh man, I LOVE grapefruit. I live in Florida and we have a grapefruit tree that doesn’t produce all that well, so I still end up buying it in the store. We have an old family recipe for key lime pie (from scratch, naturally) that I desperately want to try with grapefruit instead of key lime.

I would super lamely love to have a grapefruit tote bag and water bottle. Super lamely and totally unironically.

As far as recipes, I do an AMAZING

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85 Mandi December 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

..grapefruit, strawberry, and vanilla smoothie. Frozen strawberries, vanilla greek yogurt, and some grapefruit pieces and/or juice. Sounds weird, but is amazing!

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86 Stephanie December 7, 2011 at 11:57 am

I’ve tended to shy away from grapefruit in the past, but one time someone bought me an Absolut Ruby Red and cranberry juice and I am slowly becoming a convert. Can’t wait to try this cocktail!

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87 Kristina@Foodnook December 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I never liked grapefruit until I went to college, but now I love it!

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88 Angela December 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I love grapefruit, but don’t buy them very often because it is a lot of work! Grapefruits remind me of my grandmother also, lol. She had special ‘grapefruit’ spoons with serrated edges to easily get the fruit out of the grapefruit. She would cut the grapefruit in half, and we would sprinkle sugar on the grapefruit half. Then we would spoon out bites of grapefruit – pretty easy to eat this way. Yum, I feel like eating one right now!

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89 Lorilea December 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I LOVE grapefruit juice + alcohol. My signature cocktail this summer was gin + simply grapefruit + basil, with a splash of soda water because I like carbonation. Mmmmm!

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90 Sarah H December 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Yeah, not really a huge fan of grapefruit but only because I have memories of my mom splitting one in half, using a special serrated spoon to dig in and topping it with some equal sugar packets. Not exactly the breakfast of champions! That just never appealed to me.

I am interested in trying your holiday drink. I like anything that masks the taste of alcohol!

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91 Jess-The SemiAbnormal Gal December 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Someone at work put a grapefruit in my mailbox at work today, so this was perfect timing! I love a good Salty Dog and I do love me some margaritas, so your drink sounds like the perfect little offspring of my drinking habits!

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92 Bridget December 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I didn’t love grapefruit until I moved to Texas. Then all of a sudden I realized how grapefruit were SUPPOSED to taste and loved it. Also, whenever I eat a grapefruit, I always think of your mom thinking it was uncooked chicken.

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93 Kristy December 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I am dying b/c MY GRANDMOTHER “making” grapefruit totally was the only time I would EVER eat it – even thought I loved it. (uh yes, I am almost 40!!!) Now, after her passing, I have purchsed myself a trusty grapefruit knife and make an effort when they are in season. Still a pain. Still doesn’t taste the same. However, thinking that I’ll keep practicing so I can do this for my nieces and nephews someday.

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94 Roya December 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I lived on cheap vodka/grapefruit juice one summer. Never again…. haha

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95 Vaddi December 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm

The truth is that there are stuff i do not fancy unless some booze is involved. For example, each time i drink red bull, i get the weird feeling that something is missing… until i realize it must be vodka, actually. The same goes for grapefruits: i am not too keen on them, but they are awesome, perfect and magnificient with vodka, tequila, schnaps and jager.

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96 Ashley December 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm

The color of grapefruit juice. It’s just perfect.

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97 Carrie December 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I have a love hate relationship with grapefruit. I love it so much that my body hates me for it. As in you know those 10$ for 10 deals that they offer? Well, i obviously need to eat all ten in one week because they are so freakin good. Then I get ulcers and what not and I need to give them up- until the 10 for 1 deal comes around again!

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98 kate December 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I’m not a huge grapefruit fan, but I would totally rock some Florida grapefruit swag!

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99 Christine December 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I love grapefruits! I like to either slice them down the middle and dig at it with a spoon OR peel it like an orange and eat it that way. I used to eat them so often that my parents bought me a grapefruit spoon!

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100 Barbara December 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I like grapefruit–the taste (when juicy and sweet), the smell… Goes with everything and it’s so refreshing

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101 Stephanie @ LoveLaughterLight December 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

I wanted to let you know that I received my grapefruit swag and it’s SWEET! Perfect timing, too, because it showed up on my last day in my former apartment. :D

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