The second cocktail installment in our Spring Cocktail Series is this ruby red stunner. I'm all about margaritas - always on the rocks, no salt - but rarely deviate from the traditional. This grapefruit margarita adds a fun twist to the mix, without compromising the components of a traditional margarita that I love so much. The perfect balance of sweet and tart, it's a refreshing  drink for the warmer weather months, and one you're sure to make time and again.

Grapefruit Margarita

To make this cocktail, you can use your favorite tequila as a base. Here, we used a reposado (slightly aged) tequila, but you could easily use a blanco (silver) or an añejo (aged). Whatever you prefer!

To the tequila, you add the usual suspects: lime, orange liqueur, a dash of simple syrup - and then the star of the show, fresh grapefruit juice! Served over ice in a large cocktail or margarita glass - like this Simon Pearce Woodstock Cocktail Glass - this is a refreshing, balanced, and completely delicious cocktail.

What's your favorite twist on a traditional margarita?

Grapefruit Margarita

Texas Grapefruit Margaritas from Confections of a Foodie Bride

Ingredients 3 oz tequila 2 oz orange liqueur 2 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice (~2 limes) 6 oz fresh-squeezed Texas grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit) Simple syrup, to taste (optional) Salt, for rim (optional) Grapefruit wedges, for serving (optional)

Directions In a cocktail shaker or pint glass, mix tequila, orange liqueur, lime and grapefruit juices. If you'd prefer a little sweetness, add a splash or two of simple syrup, to taste.

Fill a margarita glass, or your favorite cocktail glass, with ice, and divide the mixed margarita among your glasses. Garnish with a grapefruit or lime slice, and serve!

Yield: 2 margaritas