This bright and refreshing gin cocktail is made with ruby red grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup. Festive enough for special occasions but easy enough for a casual date night at home.
Are you looking for a new, refreshing drink? This Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail is the answer you’ve been looking for. Fizzy, sweet, and not too strong, with a delicious herbal, fruity taste, it’s the perfect drink to carry you through the evening.
- Gin: Has a strong citrus scent and almost pine like flavor, as it is made from juniper berries.
- Grapefruit juice: Sweet, tart, acidic, and a popular pairing with gin.
- Lime juice: Bright, fresh, acidic flavor that complements the grapefruit.
- Club soda: Helps to balance out the flavors so the drink isn’t too intense. My favorite is La Croix, and I’ll use lime flavored instead of plain for an added punch of flavor.
- Rosemary simple syrup: The sweet sugar mixed with the vibrant rosemary flavor pairs exceptionally well with gin.
How to Make Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail
Start by making the simple syrup. Measure out your sugar into a saucepan, add the water, and melt over medium-high heat.
Trim a couple sprigs of fresh rosemary. Rosemary is a perfect indoor plant to keep for fresh herbs, but you can also buy sprigs from the grocery store.
Once your sugar water mixture is boiling, remove from heat, and add the rosemary sprigs. Let the rosemary steep in the syrup until it is cool, at least a couple hours.
For a bit of added fun to your cocktail, run a lime wedge around the edge of each glass.
Dip and swirl the glass rims in a plate of kosher salt to gain a salted rim to pair with the sweet, tart drink.
Start your drinks by filling each cup with ice, and adding the gin.
Next, add the grapefruit and lime juice to each glass.
Now that it’s cool, strain your rosemary simple syrup and add that to each glass.
Top off each glass with club soda to the rim.
If you’re feeling fancy, garnish each glass with a slice of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig. Serve, and enjoy this delicious cocktail!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does this cocktail work with a different alcohol?
Yes, you could also make this drink with vodka or whiskey.
How would I make this drink “virgin” or as a mocktail?
Replace the gin with additional club soda, or with ginger beer!
Can I use something other than grapefruit juice?
If grapefruit isn’t your thing, you could also use pineapple, orange, or cranberry juice.
More Cocktail Recipes
- Spicy Grapefruit Paloma
- Chocolate Martini
- Skinny Grapefruit Margarita
- Pomegranate Sangria with Winter Citrus
- Apple Cider Sangria
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Whether you need something new and fresh to serve at drinks with the girls, or you just want something to sip and relax at home, this Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail is perfect for any occasion.
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Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail
- 8 ounces gin
- 16 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed preferred)
- 4 ounces lime juice (freshly squeezed preferred)
- 8 ounces club soda
- salt, rosemary, lime wedges (optional garnish)
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 4 sprigs rosemary
- Begin making the rosemary simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small sauce pot over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then remove from the heat. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the rosemary sprigs then let steep until cool, at least 2 hours or up to three days. Strain the rosemary sprigs before using.
- To create a salt rim for the glasses, place about 1/2 cup of coarse Kosher salt on a plate. Run a lime wedge around the rim of four cocktail glasses then gently run the glass rim around the salt to coat; set aside.
- In a large pitcher, mix together the gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and rosemary simple syrup. Stir well.
- Fill each glass with ice then pour the gin and juice mixture 2/3 way full. Top each glass with club soda and garnish with lime wedge or rosemary sprig to serve.