Grapefruit Rosemary Cocktails are just what the doctor ordered for a New Year’s Day brunch or any Sunday or Wednesday (I won’t tell) brunch for that matter.
Fresh grapefruit juice and vodka shaken in an icy cocktail shaker or heck, mason jar, with an herbaceous rosemary simple syrup is a great drink for brunch or any time, really.
Grapefruit and rosemary go together like peanut butter and jelly or chocolate and whipped cream.
Or lemon and pecan.
Or cranberry and pistachio.
Grapefruit Rosemary Cocktails
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What You Need to Make Grapefruit Rosemary Cocktails
You’ll need vodka–any kind.
I like to use Absolut Grapefruit for any mixed drink with grapefruit but use whatever you have.
Grapefruit juice is the other main ingredient.
You don’t have to use fresh juice but if you’re going to the effort of making an infused simple syrup, you may as well get squeezing.
Plus grapefruits are pretty easy to juice.
I juice by hand these days but I once owned a pressure activated- electrical juicer similar to this one and really liked it. I cannot vouch for this brand. My model was a Cuisinart and I haven’t been able to find a similar model by Cuisinart.
It’s straightforward and easy to use so you could have your children do the juicing.
But, if you’re trying to keep it simple, use a bottled grapefruit juice, the drinks will still be delicious.
Then you’ll need a couple of rosemary sprigs for the infusion as well as sugar and water for the simple syrup and a small pan to make it.
- Six ounces grapefruit juice (fresh or bottled)
- Two ounces vodka
- Two ounces rosemary simple syrup (sugar, water, fresh Rosemary sprigs plus more to garnish)
Make rosemary simple syrup and let cool.
Boil one cup water and one cup granulated sugar over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.
Add two sprigs of rosemary and let cool for 30 minutes.
Discard rosemary once syrup has been infused.
Juice grapefruits if using fresh.
Measure juice, vodka and simple syrup using a jigger or other liquid measure.
Put all ingredients in a mason jar or a cocktail shaker and shake until ice cold.
This will take about two to three minutes depending on how big your biceps are.
A good rule of thumb I use is to shake until the jar is so cold I can’t stand the iciness on my paws.
This recipe makes two five-ounce martinis.
If you find that an ounce of simple syrup is too sweet, cut the sweetness by adding a shot of vodka and a handful of ice.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 5 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 17mg Carbohydrates: 102g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 75g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
Are you resolving to craft more creative cocktails and mixed drinks or mocktails?
Infused simple syrups are an easy way to make more interesting drinks.
And they are dead simple to make.
If you can boil water, you can make a simple syrup.
How to Make Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Just add an equal amount of sugar to a pot and and water to a pot, say one cup each.
- Boil until all the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat.
- Add rosemary or whatever else you’re using to flavor the syrup–citrus peels would be a good choice.
- Let sit and then remove herb or peel from syrup and use.
A wintertime favorite mixed drink features Blood Orange. Yes, just as bloody as it sounds. When you squeeze a blood orange for the juice and the orange spurts onto the counter, it looks like fresh blood droplets!
Have you ever grown rosemary? It’s easy to grow and nice to have a fresh supply at hand.
I had a beautiful rosemary shrub in the garden that died one particularly bad winter a few years back. I’d wrapped it in burlap but it wasn’t enough.
Have you ever made any infusions? Leave a comment.