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Grapefruit Margaritas 2.12 Richard in Stars Hollow

“You didn’t order any grapefruit.” “Yeah, I don’t really like grapefruit.” “Oh, I always start my breakfast off with half a grapefruit.” “Hm, do the Florida people know about you? Because Anita Bryant left this huge gap that has yet to be filled.” “It’s important to start the day off correctly, Lorelai. A grapefruit is brain food. It has vitamin C and folic acid and it helps with your digestion. It really is a terrific fruit.”


  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (it took me 1 ½ grapefruit)

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 oz tequila

  • ¾ oz triple sec

  • ½ oz lime juice plus more for glass rim

  • Ice

  • Coarse salt


  1. In a small saucepan, whisk the sugar into the grapefruit juice until it’s completely dissolved.

  2. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about a minute then reduce to medium-low heat. Allow to simmer until it is reduced by ⅓.

  3. Allow grapefruit syrup to completely cool.

  4. If you want to make frozen margaritas, place in the freezer for about two hours. Allow the syrup to freeze until about slushy consistency.

  5. Add about 4 oz of the frozen grapefruit syrup to a blender. Then add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and about 6 ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

  6. If you want to make a margarita on the rocks, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 3 oz of the grapefruit syrup, the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Shake vigorously.

  7. Dip the rim of your glass in lime juice then coarse salt. If you’re having your marg on the rocks, fill your glass with ice then pour in your margarita. Garnish with extra grapefruit if you have any.

I think grapefruits are too bitter, but I love the smell of them

Okay so, this isn’t exactly what Richard had in mind when he told Lorelai she needed to have grapefruit every morning, but I wasn’t about to have half a grapefruit. Like Lorelai, I don’t really care for grapefruit, it’s way too bitter for me. I decided I would do a fun twist and make a grapefruit cocktail instead. I decided to make a margarita because they’re so versatile with almost any fruit.

I love making different margarita flavors. For my annual Christmas party every year, I make a giant batch of my infamous cranberry margaritas. They are really strong and a favorite among my friends. I actually froze some of the leftover peach sauce that I made for the very first episode and made frozen peach margaritas! One of the places I miss being able to go out to eat for is a local burger joint called LSA Burger. Not exactly Luke’s diner vibes, but amazing burgers. They have a margarita flight where you can try different flavors. That will probably be one of my first visits once it’s safe to dine out again. If you’re ever in the Denton, TX area, I highly recommend stopping there.

A grapefruit wedge might be too big for a garnish, technically, but I don't care!

On my Instagram, I’ve been doing a feature on my stories called Favorite Scene Monday where people can submit their favorite scene for the featured character. Because this episode has so much Richard, he was our character for this past Monday. There were so many good scenes that people submitted. Richard is one of my favorite characters because I think he is so complex and well-rounded. I was so sad when Edward Herman passed and couldn’t be in AYITL. However, I think they handled his death so well, and was one of the parts of the revival I really enjoyed. If you missed Favorite Scene Monday, you can check them out on my highlights!

This episode, however, is a hard one to love Richard in. He is so critical and judgemental of Lorelai. And I will admit, a lot of the time, Lorelai deserves critique, but I think Richard goes too far in this episode. From making her eat grapefruit, scolding her for not wearing a work jacket, and lecturing her on proper procedure after her call with Manny, it’s all too much. He doesn’t understand his daughter and how she goes about her life. I do understand, though, how he feels with Emily shipping him off to Stars Hollow because she needs space. I just wish that would be balanced with a little more compassion towards Lorelai. The scene in which Richard tells Lorelai he knows why she invited him to Stars Hollow is so powerful, and Edward Herman always delivered.

I love that you can enjoy a marg on the rocks or frozen.

I like that both Emily and Richard get their own episode of exploring Stars Hollow. There are similarities between this episode and Emily in Wonderland. They both clearly don’t belong in Stars Hollow; they spend the day with one of the Gilmore Girls; Michel loves both of them. However, they each have their own unique experiences in visiting the town. Emily sees the tool shed where Lorelai and Rory first lived, and Richard gets to see the giant slinky. But I like how these two episodes somewhat mirror each other.

Also going on in this episode is Paris trying to win the Oppenheimer Award. She also visits Stars Hollow, trying to uncover the seedy underbelly of the small town. As I mentioned in my post for Bracebridge Dinner, I love when worlds collide on this show and characters interact with each other. Although, this is apparently the first time that Luke and Paris meet, so they must have just ignored each other at the dinner table. I think they meet about four or five different times over the course of the show. Yesterday, I asked for people to DM me on Instagram what their Stars Hollow seedy underbelly theories were, and I received some good ones.

You can't go wrong with a good margarita in my opinion

Dean gives Rory the car that he finished building for her. Richard is not happy with this gift and he insists that it’s thoroughly checked for Rory’s safety. Personally, I think it’s a little ridiculous that Dean built Rory an entire car. While it is a sweet and romantic gesture, I think it’s over the top for two seventeen-year-olds. It doesn’t seem realistic, but there is a lot on this show that’s unrealistic. Next up is A-Tisket, A-Tasket and I have been doing some engineering for my dish for that episode, so stay tuned! In the meantime, tell me what your favorite Richard scene is below.

Happy Cooking!

If you missed what I made last episode, catch up here!


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