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13 Must-Try Grapefruit Gin Cocktails to Make

Indulging in the vibrant realm of mixology often leads to exciting flavor combinations, and one such captivating blend awaits those seeking a citrusy twist in their glass. 

Grapefruit Gin Cocktail garnished by orange peel on countertop bar with traditional blurry bokeh restaurant background

Enter grapefruit gin cocktails, a delightful rendezvous between the crisp elegance of gin and the invigorating zing of grapefruit. 

With their captivating aromas and invigorating profiles, these libations have swiftly made their mark on the cocktail scene, captivating both seasoned enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike. 

Join us as we embark on a tantalizing journey, uncovering the enchanting recipes, techniques, and secrets that transform this tangy fruit into a star ingredient, igniting taste buds with each sip.

Salty Dog

The Salty Dog cocktail is a stimulating and invigorating drink that combines the botanical notes of gin with the tangy allure of freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. 

salty dog drink and recipe

The marriage of citrusy grapefruit and herbaceous gin creates a harmonious balance of flavors, offering a crisp and revitalizing experience. 

This delightful concoction is typically served in a glass with a salt-rimmed edge, adding a subtle savory dimension to the drink.

Garnished with a slice of grapefruit, this cocktail is not only visually appealing but also provides a burst of citrus aroma. 

Sipping on a Salty Dog is a delightful way to enjoy a tangy yet smooth and well-rounded cocktail, perfect for those seeking a vibrant and zesty drinking experience.

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The Greyhound cocktail is a classic and timeless libation that showcases the simplicity of combining gin and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. 

greyhound cocktail

The gin brings its distinctive botanical notes, while the tart and tangy grapefruit juice adds a citrusy punch.

As the flavors meld together, the Greyhound creates a harmonious balance of bittersweet and zesty taste sensations. 

Served in a glass and garnished with a slice of fresh lime, this cocktail is a perfect companion for leisurely moments or lively gatherings. 

Experience the delightful allure of the Greyhound and let its vibrant flavors transport you to a citrus-infused paradise. Cheers to a Greyhound adventure!

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Grapefruit Gin Fizz Cocktail

The Grapefruit Gin Fizz cocktail is a tantalizing concoction that marries the botanical essence of gin with the invigorating tang of grapefruit juice.

Grapefruit Gin Fizz Cocktail garnish with sprigs rosemary and grapefruit slices.

This delightful drink is elevated with the addition of bubbly tonic water, creating a stimulating and effervescent experience. 

The aromatic sprigs of rosemary infuse the drink with a subtle herbal note, enhancing its complexity. Garnished with vibrant grapefruit slices, this cocktail offers a visually appealing presentation. 

Originating from the vibrant world of mixology, the Grapefruit Gin Fizz has gained popularity for its harmonious blend of flavors.

Bringing together the citrusy brightness of grapefruit, the botanical richness of gin, and the fizz of tonic water. 

Sip and savor this captivating creation, transporting yourself to a world of zesty refreshment.

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Positano Pink Grapefruit Gin Spritz

The Positano Pink Grapefruit Gin Spritz cocktail is a delightful blend of Malfy Gin Rosa, fresh grapefruit, simple syrup, tonic, and soda, coming together to create a vibrant and refreshing drink. 

Positano Pink Grapefruit Gin Spritz garnish with grapefruit wheel, fresh rosemary and a lime wheel,

Originating from the charming coastal town of Positano, Italy, this cocktail captures the essence of the Mediterranean with its citrus-forward profile. 

The Malfy Gin Rosa, infused with pink grapefruit, lends a distinct fruity and floral note to the drink.

Combined with the natural sweetness of fresh grapefruit and a touch of simple syrup, it creates a harmonious balance.

Topped with tonic and soda, this spritz provides a sparkling and invigorating experience. 

Garnished with a grapefruit wheel, it adds visual appeal to this popular and refreshing cocktail

Sip, relax, and let the flavors transport you to the sun-kissed shores of Positano.

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Grapefruit Basil Gin and Tonic

The Grapefruit Basil Gin and Tonic cocktail is a delightful and vibrant drink that effortlessly combines zesty grapefruit-flavored gin, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and aromatic fresh basil. 

Grapefruit Basil Gin and Tonic garnish with basil sprigs and fresh grapefruit wedges.

While it offers a complexity of flavors, this drink is simple to serve, making it accessible to both novice and seasoned mixology enthusiasts. 

To enjoy this delightful concoction, fill a glass with ice, pour in the grapefruit-flavored gin and grapefruit juice, and top it off with tonic.

Garnish with grapefruit wedges and sprigs of basil for an extra burst of aroma and visual appeal. 

Whether you’re lounging by the pool or hosting a gathering, the Grapefruit Basil Gin and Tonic is a versatile and refreshing choice for everyone to relish.

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Grapefruit Gin Fizz Cocktail with Cucumber

Indulge in a vibrant symphony of flavors with the Grapefruit Gin Fizz Cocktail with Cucumber.

Grapefruit Gin Fizz Cocktail with Cucumber garnish with half-moon shaped piece of grapefruit, a few thin slices of cucumber, and a fresh and aromatic sprig of rosemary.

This invigorating drink combines the botanical richness of gin with the tangy sweetness of red grapefruit juice, resulting in a refreshing and citrusy taste sensation. 

The addition of sparkling mineral water adds a lively effervescence, while the fresh cucumber imparts a cool and crisp element to the mix. 

Enhanced by the aromatic green sprigs of rosemary, this cocktail offers a delightful balance of herbal and fruity notes, creating a truly invigorating experience. 

Sip on this tantalizing fusion, where the zesty grapefruit and cool cucumber intertwine harmoniously, leaving your taste buds craving more. 

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Grapefruit Gimlet

Embark on a delightful journey of flavor with the Grapefruit Gimlet cocktail. 

Grapefruit Gimlet

This tantalizing cocktail combines the bright and tangy notes of freshly squeezed ruby-red grapefruit juice with the botanical richness of gin and a touch of sweetness from simple syrup. 

The result is a harmonious blend of citrus zest, herbaceous undertones, and a balanced sweetness that dances on your palate. 

Its stimulating and invigorating taste has propelled the Grapefruit Gimlet to popularity, making it a favored choice for both casual gatherings and sophisticated occasions. 

Whether you’re enjoying a sunny afternoon or raising a glass to celebrate, let the Grapefruit Gimlet add a burst of citrusy sophistication to your next memorable moment. 

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Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail

The Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail brings together the vibrant flavors of gin, grapefruit juice, lime juice, club soda, and a touch of rosemary simple syrup

Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail garnish with slice of grapefruit and a rosemary sprig.

The gin provides a botanical richness, complemented by the tartness of grapefruit and lime juices, while the rosemary simple syrup adds a delightful herbal sweetness to the mix.

Served in a highball or Collins glass, this cocktail offers a stimulating and invigorating experience. 

Elevate your next gathering with the Rosemary and Gin Grapefruit Cocktail, a delightful combination of flavors that perfectly suits outdoor soirées and intimate gatherings. 

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Gin Grapefruit Cocktail with Elderflower

The Gin Grapefruit Cocktail with Elderflower is a drink that combines the classic elements of gin and fresh grapefruit juice.

Gin Grapefruit Cocktail with Elderflower Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.

With the delicate floral notes of elderflower liqueur and a hint of sweetness from simple syrup and fresh lime juice. 

This unique blend sets it apart from other cocktails, offering a delightful balance of botanicals, a citrusy tang, and a subtle floral undertone.

Served cold in a chilled glass, this cocktail delivers a crisp and invigorating experience. 

Indulge in the Gin Grapefruit Cocktail with Elderflower, a delightful fusion of flavors that will transport your taste buds to a garden blooming with botanical and citrus delights. 

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The Pink Pear

The Pink Pear cocktail is a delightful blend of Hendrick’s Gin, orange liqueur, freshly squeezed pink or ruby red grapefruit juice, pear nectar, simple syrup, and a pinch of salt. 

The Pink Pear

This enchanting drink offers a symphony of flavors where the floral and botanical notes of the gin harmonize with the zesty citrus of grapefruit.

The luscious sweetness of pear nectar, and the subtle hint of orange liqueur. 

Served chilled and garnished with a twist of grapefruit or pear, this cocktail is a perfect choice for those seeking a sophisticated and refreshing drink. 

The Pink Pear captivates with its complex yet well-balanced flavors, making it a favorite for those who appreciate a blend of botanical elegance, fruity brightness, and a touch of sweetness in their drinks.

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Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Elevate your cocktail experience with the exquisite Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic. 

Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic garnish with rosemary, sliced grapefruit.

This enchanting drink combines the crispness of ice, the botanical richness of gin, and the delicate floral sweetness of elderflower liqueur. 

The small sprig of fresh rosemary adds a touch of aromatic sophistication, while the fresh grapefruit juice imparts a zesty tang.

Topped off with tonic water, this cocktail delivers a sparkling and invigorating sensation. 

Indulge in this tantalizing fusion of flavors and let the Elderflower Grapefruit Gin and Tonic transport you to a world of botanical elegance and citrusy delight.

Cheers to sipping and savoring the extraordinary!

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The Spumoni cocktail is a tantalizing blend of flavors that captivates the senses.

Spumoni garnish with cracked pink peppercorns

Originating from the world of mixology, this delightful drink combines the unique sweetness of pink peppercorn syrup, the botanical richness of gin, and the bitter complexity of Campari. 

Chilled tonic water adds a sparkling fizz, while the fresh Ruby Red grapefruit juice imparts a citrusy tang. Garnished with cracked pink peppercorns, this cocktail offers a visual and aromatic appeal. 

With its intriguing combination of flavors, the Spumoni has gained popularity among cocktail enthusiasts.

Becoming a sought-after choice for those seeking a balance of sweetness, bitterness, and a touch of spice. 

Sip on this captivating creation and embark on a journey of flavor that will leave you craving more.

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Pomegranate & Grapefruit Gin Cocktail

The Pomegranate & Grapefruit Gin Cocktail is a delightful drink that strikes a perfect balance between sweet and tangy flavors. This cocktail is simple to serve, making it accessible for everyone. 

Pomegranate & Grapefruit Gin Cocktail garnish with pomegranate seeds.

To enjoy this concoction, mix pomegranate juice, fresh pink grapefruit juice, gin, and a touch of lime. Shake with ice, strain into a glass rimmed with granulated sugar, and garnish with a slice of lime. 

The result is a vibrant and invigorating drink that can be savored on any occasion, from casual gatherings to special celebrations. 

Raise your glass and delight in the harmonious fusion of pomegranate and grapefruit, creating a drink that is both stimulating and appealing to a wide range of palates.

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Grapefruit Gin Cocktail garnished by orange peel on countertop bar with traditional blurry bokeh restaurant background

13 Grapefruit Gin Recipes

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Written by Paul Kushner

I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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