This sweet and tangy grapefruit vodka cocktail has a crisp refreshing taste! This citrusy cocktail takes sipping to new heights!
Loving This Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail
Grapefruits remind me of diets. I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and it seemed as though grapefruits were central to any diet fad that came our way. In fact, there is a diet called “the grapefruit diet” where you guessed it, you had a half a grapefruit before every meal.
I remember my mom was a fan of the Scarsdale Diet. I really don’t know what it involved, but I do know it involved grapefruit and foods with zero flavor.
See, when mom went on these diet kicks, she tended to take the whole family with her. Man, I hated grapefruit back then. It took me years to recover and give grapefruit a fighting a chance.
Strawberry Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail
I happened to overhear a friend at the gym describe this amazing cocktail she had while on vacation. All I got from the conversation was that it had vodka, strawberries, and grapefruit juice.
I was intrigued, as I rarely think of using grapefruit juice in cocktails as it can be quite bitter. So I began experimenting. The first batch I made did not have enough vodka and it needed to be a lot sweeter.
The second batch was absolutely perfect! The key to this strawberry grapefruit vodka cocktail is SYRUP!
I use honey syrup in this Gold Rush Iced Tea Recipe and simple syrup in this Key Lime Vodka Collins Recipe. This syrup is extra special as it is made with strawberries (save the leftover syrup for this Strawberry Lemonade Bourbon Cocktail or you can use it in this strawberry daiquiri)
Strawberry syrup starts with equal parts sugar and water boiled and reduced until it becomes a thick syrup. I added a handful of chopped strawberries which intensifies the berry flavor much more than muddling fresh strawberries.
To assemble your cocktail, place vodka, simple syrup, grapefruit juice and in a cocktail shaker. Add crushed ice and strain into glasses. Top each glass with soda water. Garnish with a lemon slice or with fresh strawberries and serve!
Which Vodka For Cocktails?
As with many things, this is purely subjective! I love Grey Goose, but it can be pricey. Use what you like and what is in your budget!
As usual, adjust the quality and quantity of vodka and juice to your liking.
What’s The Best Vodka Cocktail?
The one you’ll drink of course! Some of my favorite vodka cocktails:
The best thing about vodka cocktails is that they can be made with anything! Lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, coffee liqueur, ginger beer (as in a Moscow mule), lemonade varieties, and anything else you can think of can be turned into a vodka cocktail recipe!
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 ½ oz strawberry simple syrup
- 4 oz grapefruit juice
- Club soda
- In a shaker, combine the vodka, simple syrup and grapefruit juice; shake.
- Pour mixture over ice.
- Top with club soda.
- Garnish with fresh berries
To make simple syrup, combine equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil so the sugar dissolves. Add chopped strawberries (half of the amount you used for the sugar and water) and continue to boil on medium-low until mixture is thick and syrupy. Strain out strawberries and allow syrup to cool
Amount Per Serving Calories 800Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 172gFiber 3gSugar 156gProtein 2g