Glasses with a light pink drink and grapefruit garnish on a linoleum countertop.
Photography, Jocelynne Flor

Spiced Grapefruit ‘Detox’ Margarita

Meredith Youngson's citrus-forward Margarita cocktail delivers a boozy hit of antioxidants.

It seems incongruous that this cocktail has ‘health benefits’, but just wait until you try it. So says Meredith Youngson in her upcoming book Super Tonics: 75 Adaptogen-Packed Recipes for Sleep, Beauty, and Wellness (out April 11): “The words ‘detox’ and ‘Margarita’ likely don’t belong in the same sentence, but I’m all for poking a little fun at the wild world of wellness.” She adds: “This vibrant Margarita brings the sweet heat with freshly squeezed citrus and a little heat from cayenne (if you dare). Instead of a standard salted rim, I like a pinch of pink salt to emphasize the other flavours.”

Glasses with a light pink drink and grapefruit garnish on a linoleum countertop.

Spicy Grapefruit Detox Margarita

This margarita is made with maple syrup, Himalayan salt and cayenne for detoxifying effects.
Course cocktail
Servings 1


  • juice of 1 grapefruit
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or raw honey
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • pinch cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 oz blanco tequila or nonalcoholic spirit optional
  • handful of ice plus more for serving


  • In a shaker or lidded jar, combine all the ingredients with a handful of ice. Shake well to combine. Serve over ice in your favourite cocktail glass.
Keyword tequila

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Excerpted from Super Tonics: 75 AdaptogenPacked Recipes for Sleep, Beauty, and Wellness by Meredith Youngson. Copyright © 2023 Meredith Youngson. Photographs by Jocelynne Flor. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.
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