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The Rosada – A Tequila Cocktail

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Last Updated on February 13, 2024 by Leah Hall

A great combo of rosemary, tequila and grapefruit!


Tequila is one the spirits that we have a real love and hate relationship, because a lot of the experiences with tequila were those we had back in our college days when we were drinking cheap tequila in badly mixed cocktails or shots. Recently, we have experienced the finer side of tequila, getting to try some of the offerings from small family owned distilleries like Partida and El Mayor which opened our eyes to how incredible a fine quality tequila can be.


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Rosada Cocktail in a glass with rosemary sprig. Mixing glass, greenery and juicer in background

One of the drinks that we enjoy is a favorite of Mexico, the paloma, which pairs up the flavors of grapefruit soda and tequila to make a very refreshing cocktail.


Tequila and Grapefruit

While we love the paloma on a hot day near our pool as the fizzy grapefruit soda can be refreshing, sometimes we want more of the grapefruit flavor. One way to make sure you get a big pop of grapefruit flavor is to use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in your drink. With the flavor combination of tequila and grapefruit in mind we set out to come up with a new drink!

Rosada Cocktail with rosemary sprig and ice cube. Mixing glass and bar spoon with flowers in background

What Ingredients are Needed for the Rosada Cocktail?

  • Lime Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Tequila
  • Rosemary Simple Syrup


We started the Rosada out using a blanco tequila, which has a clean bold flavor of the blue agave used to make it. The blanco tequilas tend to be full flavored with hints of citrus and earthy herbal notes which work really well with bright tart flavors like grapefruit. Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice adds a sweet tart flavor, the bright citrus notes pulling the fruity and mineral flavors out of the tequila.


If you want another great fruity tequila cocktail, try the Cantaritos cocktail with grapefruit, orange juice and citrus juices from our friends at Foodie and Wine!

If You Are Looking for More Grapefruit Cocktails, Try These!

Pink cocktails in glasses with large ice cube. rosemary sprig garnish. Mixing glass in background with bar spoon, blue juicer, greenery behind

Wanting a bit more of an herbal flavor and needing some sweet to help temper the bite of the tequila, we added a splash of our rosemary infused simple syrup. While the grapefruit juice add a bit of sweet tart flavor, a splash of fresh squeezed lime juice adds a cooling sour note to the drink, making the cocktail very refreshing, perfect for sipping by the pool and erasing the memories of those college nights with bad tequila! Try good tequila in our Ranch Water!




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Pink cocktails in glasses with large ice cube. rosemary sprig garnish. Mixing glass in background with bar spoon, blue juicer, greenery behind
Yield: 1

The Rosada - A Tequila Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A light cocktail, perfect for warm summer days, this Rosada has a combination of grapefruit, tequila and rosemary simple syrup.


Rosada Tequila Cocktail


Combine all ingredients and shake or stir together.

Garnish with a rosemary sprig and/or grapefruit peel.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 21.5gFiber: 0.9gSugar: 19.7gProtein: 0g

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Natasha Kingsbury

Thursday 7th of April 2016

The drink sounds delicious! I have tequila but I can't do tequila haha! I will have to pass this recipe off to a friend!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 10th of April 2016

Thanks, it really masks the tequila flavor if that makes any difference? Buy it would be great with vodka, too!

Marlynn Jayme Schotland

Thursday 7th of April 2016

I have a similar love/hate relationship with tequila but have been trying the different kinds and finding more of a friendship with it these days :) This rosada is such a beautiful cocktail! Can't wait to try this tequila-grapefruit combo with our warmer weather now.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 10th of April 2016

I used to, too, per the article, but have grown to love it, especially the nicer, more full bodies ones! I think it is a great combo for hot days!


Thursday 7th of April 2016

The color turned out extraordinary beauty :) I think that the cocktail is more suitable for girls :)

The 'Noms.

Sunday 10th of April 2016

Not necessarily just for girls, the hubs doesn't mind pink cocktails at all!


Wednesday 6th of April 2016

Oh wow this sounds so yummy! I am interested to see how the rosemary makes it taste!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 10th of April 2016

It really goes well with the citrus and the tequila! Hope you try it!

T. Michelle

Wednesday 6th of April 2016

This drink looks so tasty! You can never go wrong with tequila.

The 'Noms.

Sunday 10th of April 2016

Thanks, we agree!

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