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Grapefruit Gin Cocktails

As someone who enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, this pink grapefruit gin cocktail is a gorgeous and refreshing option to serve on a hot summer day. Combining crisp grapefruit juice with a favorite dry gin results in a subtly sweet drink that highlights the herbal notes of the spirit with a refreshing blast of citrus. I have fond memories of sipping on a similar pink Grapefruit and Rum Cocktail while relaxing on the beach years ago. For those who enjoy the hint of bitter that grapefruits lend, this cocktail offers just that with its coral color courtesy of the pink varieties from my local farmers market. The fresh grapefruit juice also helps to mellow the alcohol intensity of the gin for an impressively balanced sip. An easy cocktail to prepare, I appreciate how it adds a vibrant splash of color and tang to patio gatherings while allowing the flavors of citrus and juniper to shine through simply yet beautifully.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

As someone who enjoys hosting gatherings for friends and family, I am always on the lookout for simple yet impressive cocktails to serve. The grapefruit gin cocktail fits that description perfectly. Essentially made with just pink grapefruit juice, gin and a simple syrup, it results in a lightly bubbly cocktail filled with fresh acidity that is an utter delight. You won’t need a quick tonic mixer like many gin drinks require since the refreshingly tart grapefruit more than stands up against the sweet boozy gin. This is equally as tasty for the tongue as it is gorgeous to look at in the pink grapefruit coated glass.

Made without separating any eggs or requiring any adjustments for plant-based friends, this fuss-free cocktail is as easy to make as combining the 4 ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mason jar. There is no need for bittersweet cocktail modifications with this perfectly potent pink grapefruit gin cocktail. Unlike some recipes, this one is truly simple and simply delicious. If you enjoy the sweet yet potent flavor profile that only a gorgeous glass of the pink grapefruit gin cocktail can provide, then you too will stand eager to enjoy its deliciousness without any fuss. Plus, it can be made so easily without any need for fussy techniques – just drop everything in and give it a shake!

Equipment 

When I’m playing mixologist at home, I sometimes don’t feel like coming up with a bulky list of equipment needed to make a cocktail. I love that this delicious grapefruit juice cocktail recipe can be so easily made using just a large mason jar with a tight-fitting lid as a shaker. You don’t need an official cocktail shaker to make this one.

While traditionally served in a coupe glass or martini glass, I think this cocktail also has lovely old-timey charm when sipped from a stemmed glassware with a spritz of grapefruit. The bright pink grapefruit sets the perfect scene for an at-home cocktail with official attitude without much fuss.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 3 oz pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Soda water or tonic water (optional)
  • Grapefruit wedge for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish

This simple cocktail contains only three main ingredients – gin, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup to balance the tartness of the juice. You can leave it as is for a lower calorie option or add a few ounces of soda water or tonic water to lighten it up. Garnishing with a grapefruit wedge and mint sprig helps create a beautiful and delicious drink that is surprisingly easy to make. Simply combine the ingredients in a mason jar and sip at any time for a bright and refreshing cocktail.

TIPS TO MAKE

  1. This recipe easily doubles or triples to make more servings for a crowd. Simply scale up the ingredients in a 1:1 ratio.
  2. For a lighter, more refreshing summer drink, try increasing the ratio of grapefruit juice to gin to 1:2 or even 1:3 for more juice flavor.
  3. Using high quality, freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice will make this cocktail shine. I recommend juicing grapefruits yourself for peak freshness and flavor.
  4. The grapefruit gin cocktail can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Just give it a shake before serving.
  5. For an effortless serve, just pour the cocktail ingredients over ice in the glass without any need for shaking or chilling.
  6. A small amount of simple syrup can be added and mixed right in the glass if you want to sweeten it up a touch. Garnishing with mint or a sprig of rosemary also makes a nice optional splash of color and aroma.

Substitutions & Variations (4 POINTS)

  1. If you love the floral notes of gin but want a bit more fizz, try making this cocktail as a grapefruit gin fizz. Simply top it off with some club soda for extra effervescence.
  2. Keep in mind that tastes can be entirely subjective. Feel free to swap out ingredients or make other adjustments if it increases your enjoyment. This libation is meant to start tasty ideas, not strict rules.
  3. For those more accustomed to vodka, switching to gin can be a smart move. The herbal qualities pair beautifully with citrus like grapefruit.
  4. Don’t limit yourself to just grapefruit juice – feel free to experiment with different citrus fruits. Tangerine, clementine or orange juice would yield flavors worth exploring. Likewise, substituting mineral water instead of tonic offers dietary customization.

 Expert Tips 

  1. For maximum flavor extraction, be sure to shake the cocktail ingredients vigorously for 30-45 seconds before straining into a glass. Hard shaking helps to fully aerate and combine the ingredients. Aim to dilute the drink while still keeping it relatively strong.
  2. Using high quality, fresh ingredients like pink grapefruit juice and a solid gin will elevate this simple cocktail to new heights. While any grapefruit juice or gin will work in a pinch, seeking out the best versions within your budget will be worth it for a knockout grapefruit cocktail. Proper shaking and straining does the rest to make each sip sing.

What is good with gin? 

  1. As someone who enjoys researching different drinks, I’ve done a lot of tasting and reading to find my favorite gins to use. Hendrick’s is often my top choice thanks to its subtle botanical profile that pairs wonderfully with citrus.
  2. While Aviation gin is also a common mixer I enjoy, I’ve found that vermouth or other mixer suggestions like using tonic in a martini are not to my taste. The tonic can make certain cocktails a bit too bitter for my liking.
  3. When crafting a pink grapefruit gin cocktail, it’s important to find the right balance of bitterness from the grapefruit and a slight sweetness from the simple syrup. Too much of either can throw off the natural interplay between the acidic and subtly sweet flavors that come through at their best.
NutrientAmount
Calories158 Kcal
Carbohydrates6 g
Protein1 g
Fat1 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Sodium14 mg
Potassium92 mg
Sugar6 g
Vitamin C15 mg
Iron1 mg

FAQs

Which gin goes with grapefruit?

This pink grapefruit gin cocktail offers a lively yet balanced drinking experience. The sweet-tart grapefruit juice mixes gleefully with the herbal complexity of a good London Dry Gin, creating a fruity-floral profile that is zesty and refreshing. At under 160 calories per serving, it’s light enough to enjoy in good company while relaxing at home on a warm evening. Both tasty and stylish looking, this cocktail is a welcome choice for spending quality time with friends.

What mixes well with grapefruit juice?

The pink grapefruit’s sweet-tart balance also matches beautifully with other botanical-rich spirits beyond gin. Substituting a few ounces of Aperol or Campari in place of simple syrup adds an enticing bitter edge that opens up a dozen new drinks to explore. The versatile citrus fruit has proven how well it carries bolder Italian amari into sunset-hued, easy-sipping libations.

What does grapefruit gin taste like?

A sip of this cocktail delivers a bright burst of juicy, fresh grapefruit flavor up front. The fruitiness is balanced by the rich herbal notes of juniper in the spirit. As the drink coats the palate, hints of coriander and citrus zest linger alongside the grapefruit into a wonderfully long, crisp finish. The blending of these lively elements makes for a truly uplifting and refreshing tasting experience.

What fruit mixer is best with gin?

Gin proves to be a highly versatile base spirit, pairing well with a wide variety of mixers. In addition to more classic combinations with fortified wines like dry vermouth or mixers such as tonic, gin shows its range in cocktails blending it with ingredients like bitters, brewed Earl Grey tea, or bold fruit juices from pineapple and orange to apple. Its herbal complexity acts as an excellent canvas for a diversity of mixers and flavors.

What fruit is nice in gin?

For a fruity twist, berries like strawberry, raspberry or blueberry can be muddled or pureed then added to a gin drink. They contribute just a touch of sweetness and a vibrant pop of color. As blended fruits, they pair delightfully with the juniper backbone of gin in cocktails ranging from fizzy sodas to frozen drinks and fruity martinis – a creative option worth exploring for a lighter, brighter take on classic gin preparations.

Is pink grapefruit gin sweet?

Flavored gin liqueurs imbue the juniper spirit with lusciously sweet flavors that remain vibrantly concentrated. Infused with fruits, herbs or spices, these potable works of art capture essence’s in a bottle offering complexity and fullness lacking in conventional gins. Their alluring profiles entice the senses and ignite the imagination and are a worthy choice for indulging one’s curiosity and delighting one’s palate.

What not to mix with grapefruit?

Medicines affected by grapefruit

  • Statins. Statins are medicines that lower your cholesterol. …
  • Calcium channel blockers. …
  • Anticoagulants. …
  • Antiplatelet medicines. …
  • Ciclosporin and immunosuppressants. …
  • Entocort. …
  • Cytotoxic medicines. …
  • Other medicines.

What should you avoid with grapefruit?

While enjoying a pink grapefruit gin cocktail, it’s important to note that grapefruit juice can negatively interact with certain medications like statins which are commonly used to lower cholesterol, such as simvastatin (Zocor) or atorvastatin (Lipitor). The citrus fruit is known to inhibit the metabolism of some drugs and increase their potency in the bloodstream, potentially causing problems for those taking medications to treat high blood pressure such as nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat CC).

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