A bit of a twist on that famed old classic, this fiesty, fruity, tangy, tequila concoction will have you enthusiastically saying 'Okole Maluna'!

Never mind! 

I can if I want!

So I am! 


Yup, wham bam, thank-you wahine, I'm going to lend a bit of a Hawaiian vibe to this gloriously sinful, please-make-it-again-soon, classic cocktail. 

I've always loved 'real' Margaritas, as far back as I can remember.  Maybe it all started with my Mom's love of Mexico and her savvy sorcery creating all kinds of Mexican goodies, including icy margs.

Whatever brought me here, matters no more, no more, 'cuz I hit paydirt when I found the Barefoot Contessa's Pink Grapefruit Margarita recipe.  After making Ina's version a couple of times, I changed things just a wee bit, not because it wasn't perfectamundo just as it was, but because some things make our own tastebuds smile, bigger.

From time to time I do whip up a good batch of these Sublime Grapefruit Margaritas, here at home in our foresty, creekside abode,  when friends and family gather, but I always, always, make this perfect-for-sunset-watching cocktail when we sneak off to our other Home Sweet Island Home, Kona.

Kona.  Margaritas.  Love.  Love.

Last time we were in Kona, we stayed in a charming, pampering, hillside home near the quaint village of Holualoa in Kona Coffee Country.  Lucky us!  Our vacation home was plunked on almost an acre, overlooking the blue Pacific far below and boasting some prolific avocado and lemon trees, in the yard.  So besides blissing out watching tropical sunsets kiss the sky with heavenly hues, whilst sipping something icy, we also picked the fresh bounty from our trees, everyday.

LemonsLook, look, at all this fresh-picked goodness, from just one day. 

(Those avos are  TO  DIE  FOR.  But that's a whole other blog post.)

What, oh what, I ask you, is a girl to do with all those juicier than juicy, Big Island lemons?

"Hmmmm".........(she sighed, wondering, but then a silly smile softly, suddenly, spread across her face)

And so it was that Sublime Grapefruit Margaritas came to be savoured, celebrated and lingered over on a wonderful, big, gecko tickled, oceanview lanai up mauka.  Okole Maluna!  (bottoms up!)


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1 lemon or lime cut in wedges
Sea salt, optional
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
1/2 cup freshly squeeze lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup Triple Sec, or other orange liqueur
1 cup gold or silver tequila
3 cups ice

If you like a salt rim on the glasses, rub cut lemon or lime around the edges of the glasses and then dip rim of each glass in a small plate of sea salt.  Let dry a bit.

Combine grapefruit juice, lemon or lime juice, liqueur and tequila in a pitcher.  Fill glasses with ice, then fill with Margaritas.  Aloha!

Gecko ice
Just in case you didn't know, geckos love to share icy drinks whilst sunset watching, too!

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