Whenever I go to Costco, I always end up leaving with something ridiculous. The ridiculous item this past trip was an 8 lb. bag of grapefruit. This is ridiculous for two reasons: 1) Graham hates grapefruit, so it’s dependent on me to eat them before they go bad. 2) The week before I had thrown out half of a 5 lb. bag that had gone bad. So, if I can’t finish a 5 lb. bag, why in the world did I buy an even bigger one?
The purpose of that 5 lb. bag of grapefruit a couple of weeks earlier had been to make grapefruit margaritas. So, I got to thinking… Why not juice about half of the grapefruit from the get go, and eat the rest.
Then I came up with an even better idea. Instead of freezing the juice in one large mason jar, or a freezer bag, I decided to freeze the juice in ice cube trays. My margarita recipe calls for 2 ounces of grapefruit juice & one ounce of lime juice.
Just squeeze the juice out of as many grapefruits as you want. Strain the juice to get the seeds and bits of pulp out, and then pour into ice cube trays.
At that point, I decided to juice a bunch of limes and freeze that too.
After two days in the freezer, I ended up with these tart little cubes of awesomeness. When they came out of the freezer, even after two days, they were still pretty wet. I decided not to bag them all together, since I didn’t want them sticking together. Instead, I put what I would need for each margarita (2 grapefruit, 1 lime) in a snack sized bag, and then put all the snack sized bags together in one gallon sized bag.The best part about this? Making the margarita was way easier than I thought it would be. I had planned to run the bag with the cubes under some hot water for a minute or so. But when I saw how quickly the cubes melted straight out of the freezer, I just threw them in my shaker to see what would happen. When put in a shaker with the rest of the margarita ingredients, and vigorously shaken for about a minute, the cubes melted completely. And, since you’re not shaking the drink with ice, it gets SO cold, and not the least bit watered down.
The result. A perfect grapefruit margarita. And since my citrus was already ready to go, this was minimally messy and ready in minutes!
Grapefruit Margarita (Serves one)
- 2 grapefruit juice cubes, or just 2 oz. of fresh grapefruit juice
- 1 lime cube; or 1 oz. of fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz – 1 oz of agave (depending on how sweet you want it)
- 2 oz. of tequila
- 1 oz of orange liquor
- Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, along with ice if using fresh juice.
- Strain into a glass.