This yummy grapefruit cocktail uses fresh grapefruit juice, grapefruit peel, and lemon — bubbly and delicious! Its inception came after years of wine-drinking (and the occasional Guinness or craft beer), and my discovery of the world of cocktails.
In part, I blame my sister, who began ordering cocktails on the regular after moving to Brooklyn years ago. When I visit, we have fun ordering unique, new drinks (some yummier than others, I’ll admit, but being daring is part of the fun). We also pick a special holiday cocktail for family gatherings every year — something festive and a little different than the normal day-to-day fare.
I still love a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or a Bloodline Blood Orange IPA. Don’t get me wrong. With lots of great local vineyards and breweries in our backyard, you can’t not appreciate good wine and beer.
These days I also enjoy throwing together an evening cocktail for myself. Using mason jars makes it easy to prep single serve drinks, especially with their lids, which allow for vigorous shaking!
Also, grapefruits can be ridiculously cheap at the grocery store, especially at ALDI. (Read this if you’ve never shopped at ALDI before.)
And since I love a tart, citrus-y, sparkly cocktail, it makes perfect sense to use them in a fresh tasting grapefruit cocktail!
Just like lemons and limes, the zest from a grapefruit works really well for both flavor and garnish. And, grapefruit peel keeps well in the freezer, which is important since grapefruits are so large — it’s way too much zest for one cocktail, even if you love the flavor as much as I do.
So when I make a cocktail just for myself, I simply pull a few pieces from the freezer and add it to the ice, juice, and gin before giving everything a good shake and then adding sparkling water.
Mmm… I can taste one now…
- 2 ounces gin
- 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (the deeper the color, the pinker your drink)
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 5 ounces sparking water
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest, finely chopped
- Grapefruit or lemon peel for garnish
- Combine the gin, juices, and grapefruit zest in a 16-oz Mason jar filled half-way with ice.
- Cover it tightly, and shake it for 20 seconds.
- Add the sparkling water, garnish with grapefruit or lemon peel, and enjoy!
Save extra grapefruit peel in a zip top bag in your freezer so you have more to use next time!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g