Cucumber-Mint Grapefruit Margarita

Seems like Memorial Weekend was the cue for Mother Nature to turn up the dial on the temperature. It is hot in my neck of the woods, which means I’ll be making lots of refreshing cocktail recipes. This cocktail is invigorating with the combination of cucumbers, mint and a splash of tangy grapefruit soda. Just be careful because the tequila is slyly hiding in this drink and can be a tad potent, so sip with caution.

This drink is inspired by agua fresca de pepino, which is a traditional Mexican cucumber cooler. Agua fresca (Spanish for fresh water) is a drink served by street vendors throughout Mexico. You’ll be cool as a cucumber sipping this delicious cocktail, especially on a hot day or while eating a spicy meal.

Cucumber-Mint Grapefruit Margarita
2 to 4 servings


  • 1 cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 4 ounces tequila reposado
  • Grapefruit soda
  • Chile-lime powder (recommend Tajin)
  • Ice


  1. To a blender add cucumbers, water, mint leaves and agave nectar and blend until smooth.
  2. With a fine-mesh sieve, strain the liquid and discard the pulp.
  3. Sprinkle chile-lime powder on a small plate. Using agave nectar, moisten the rims of glasses. Invert the glasses into the chile-lime powder to coat the rims.
  4. Fill a shaker with ice, cucumber mixture and tequila. Shake well and serve over ice. Top with a splash of grapefruit soda.
  5. Garnish with cucumber ribbons and mint, if desired.

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack is the writer at the award-winning blog, She also is a professional recipe developer and food writer, and is the co-author of Muy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor. You can watch a trailer for the book here.

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