Grapefruit Margarita with Salt Foam

Grapefruit Margarita with Salt Foam

When was your last memorable meal? We have many, but a recent meal that sticks out in my mind is one we enjoyed in Las Vegas a few months ago. At China Poblano, a Chinese and Mexican small plates restaurant by one of our favorite chefs, the exuberant Jose Andres, we enjoyed imaginative dishes like tuna ceviche with crispy amaranth (which actually inspired the crispy topping on this soup), dancing eggplant (with bonito flakes that “danced” in the breeze), and margaritas with salt air.

Yes, salt air — a layer of salty foam on the top of the margarita, providing just the right amount of saltiness with each tangy margarita sip. Upon our return, Alex was hot to recreate salt air. Some internet research showed it called for an interesting ingredient called texturas sucro. (Maybe not the most natural of products, but hey, fits into our “everything in moderation” philosophy.)

The salt foam was just as fun at home as in the restaurant. It’s quite easy to make (as long as you have an immersion blender). And if you’re not into texturas sucro, these grapefruit margaritas are mighty tasty. They’re the perfect amount of tang, sweetened naturally with honey.

We’ve included a few of our favorite Instagram shots from our Vegas trip below. Enjoy!

Instagram Collage


Right to left, top to bottom:

View from the strip, Bellagio water show, our niece Julia, inside the Venetian
Hoover dam (times 2), palm trees at the Hoover dam, Lake Mead
Inside the Venetian, our meal at Otto, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s restaurant, outside Caesar’s Palace, Chihuly glass in the Bellagio lobby
Bellagio water show, outside the Venetian, game time in the hotel, the Venetian
Gravalax at Bouchon, Bouchon dining room, French bread at Bouchon, our sweet niece and nephew
Caesar’s Palace (times 2), view from the plane, the strip at night
Inside China Poblano, nephew Colby ready to party, inside the Cosmopolitan, Vegas lights


Grapefruit Margarita

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 2 large, 4 medium


  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup fresh red ruby grapefruit juice (about 2 grapefruits, depending on size)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ water


  1. Cut the grapefruit in half and squeeze the juice into a large bowl. Strain out any pulp and seeds.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail mixer with ice. Shake, and serve immediately (with salt foam on top).

Salt Foam

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks



  1. Combine all ingredients and blend with an immersion blender until foam forms and volume is about doubled. Allow the foam to sit for about 2 minutes, and then carefully scoop out the foam and spoon over margarita.


From Jose Andres via Food and Wine





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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    April 10, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Oh vegas! I have only been there once and only for a few hours, but wow! it is the place to see! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. These margs are beautiful. I love grapefruit!

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      April 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Yes, we had a great time, thanks! You’ll have to go back and try out a little more Vegas when you have the chance.

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    April 10, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    This looks delicious! And salt foam… I might have to try it. ;)

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      April 18, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      As long as you’re ok with Texturas Sucro! You should get some :)

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    April 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I could have had about five more of these- they were sooo good!

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    angela @ another bite please
    April 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    tequila is my hard liquor of choice….with grapefruit sounds like the perfect combo…now to get my hubby to make me one ;-)

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    Jessica Nunemaker from little Indiana
    April 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Wow–does that look GORGEOUS! I really don’t like grapefruit but mixed with tequila might make it just fine. LOL! :)

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      April 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you, Jessica! Yes, the tequila blends quite nicely with the grapefruit — maybe you wouldn’t notice :)

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    April 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Im holding a happy hour today and have been looking for fun new cocktails to try! Yours is definitely now on my menu!

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    April 13, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Salt foam?! Awesome. No doubt I’d love this cocktail.

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    April 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    This sounds so good!!!!! I just forwarded the recipe to my son in law. He is our family bartender. We have been to Vegas many times and enjoyed each trip.

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    April 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Cal and I are headed to Vegas on Wednesday. Any other suggestions on where to eat (or what to do)? I haven’t been since I was 14 and I’m thinking it might have changed since then… :) Thanks in advance!

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