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Grapefruit Juice Cocktails

Karen Frazier
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Grapefruit juice is an excellent add-in for cocktails because it has a tart flavor that blends perfectly with a number of mixers. Try these grapefruit cocktails for some pucker power at your next cocktail party.

Jalapeno Grapefruit Margarita

Sour grapefruit and spicy jalapenos give this margarita a kick. It's a great choice for a summer party.

Jalapeno grapefruit margarita

Ingredients

  • Fine grind Himalayan pink salt
  • Grapefruit wedge
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 2 onces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Juice of one lime
  • Three thin slices of jalapeno, seeds removed, plus extra for garnish
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Spread the Himalayan pink salt on a small plate.
  2. Run the grapefruit wedge around the rim of a margarita glass. Turn the glass upside down and dip it in the salt to rim the glass. Reserve the wedge for garnish.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, grapefruit juice, lime juice, jalapenos, and ice.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into the prepared margarita glass. Garnish with the wedge and additional jalapeno slices.

Rosemary Grapefruit Rickey

Rosemary and grapefruit make a tasty flavor combination in this variation on a lime rickey. The flavors work perfectly with gin.

Refreshing citrus cocktail with grapefruit, orange and rosemary

Ingredients

  • Two sprigs rosemary
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Ice
  • Seltzer water
  • Grapefruit slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a Collins glass, muddle one rosemary sprig with the simple syrup.
  2. Add the gin, grapefruit juice, and ice. Fill to the top with seltzer and stir.
  3. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and the additional sprig of rosemary.

Grapefruit Mojito

The combination of mint and grapefruit is surprisingly refreshing. You'll love this twist on the classic mojito.

Cold drink with grapefruit, soda, mint and ice

Ingredients

  • Six fresh mint leaves plus additional for garnish
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces fresh rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces seltzer
  • Grapefruit slices
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint.
  2. Add the simple syrup, grapefruit juice, rum, and ice. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add the seltzer, stir, and garnish with grapefruit slices and mint leaves or sprigs.

Additional Grapefruit Juice Cocktails

Love grapefruit? It takes on different characteristics depending on the mixer, but it makes a fabulous cocktail.

  • Try a classic Sea Breeze, made with grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and vodka, or one of its variations. You can also try the Sparkling Sea Breeze, which adds Champagne or sparkling white wine.
  • Enjoy a Salty Dog on the Beach with grapefruit juice and Malibu rum.
  • A vodka and grapefruit cocktail is simple and sour.
  • A Colony Cocktail is a classic grapefruit drink from the 1920s that also contains gin and cherry liqueur.
  • While grapefruit juice isn't the primary flavor in a Hurricane, it adds a nice sour balance to an otherwise sweet cocktail.
  • The Ruby Redtini is a sweet and sour red martini with grenadine, vodka, lime juice, and grapefruit juice.
  • If you're looking for a non-alcoholic cocktail made with grapefruit juice, try the Acapulco Gold which combines it with pineapple juice.
  • Prefer whiskey? Try a Salty Jack made with Jack Daniels, grapefruit juice, and grenadine.
  • If you like simplicity - and tequila, then try a Chihuahua, which contains only grapefruit juice and tequila.
  • Add grapefruit juice to a Mimosa for a tart twist on the original.
  • Infuse vodka with grapefruit and rosemary.

Adding Grapefruit Juice to Cocktails

Grapefruit juice often serves as a good replacement for other fresh citrus juices in cocktails. If it's a bit too tart for you, try a half and half replacement, replacing half of the citrus juice with grapefruit juice and keeping the other half as-is. It's a great way to vary cocktails and come up with a new twist.

Tart and Refreshing

For the freshest, best flavor profiles, use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice in your cocktails. The result is a tart, refreshing cocktail that's perfect for all occasions.

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Grapefruit Juice Cocktails