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Aug. 7, 2023
Bright and citrusy, grapefruit adds an extra refreshing taste to many vodka cocktails. This makes them perfect for the summer, but really they could be enjoyed year round. Get some helpful info all about the fruit, then take a look at some of our favourite recipes. We’ll explore our top 4 favourite grapefruit cocktails: the Sea Breeze, Grey Goose with Grapefruit & Soda, Fresh Cut and Boardwalk.
Grapefruit is a fresh, tart fruit that pairs best with more delicate spirits. For example, a traditional Paloma pairs grapefruit soda with tequila (and we have a version with vodka—more to come on that). Vodka in particular plays nicely with grapefruit to produce a light-tasting, effervescent drink. And of course selecting a premium-tasting vodka is important as well.
First of all, if you’re incorporating the fruit itself, you need to make sure you’re picking the freshest grapefruits. Look for ripe ones with vibrant color and a slightly firm texture. Varieties like Ruby Red or Pink are commonly used in cocktails due to their sweeter flavour. Second, if the recipe calls for grapefruit juice, that is always best when it’s fresh squeezed as well. Now, let’s take a look at some of our favourite recipes that you can try making.
The Sea Breeze is a simple summer classic that mixes vodka with both grapefruit juice and cranberry juice. It’s pretty tart and really good.
The Fresh Cut is a light-tasting drink with a hint of grapefruit. The tart citrus bite in this drink is subtle but noteworthy.
The Boardwalk is one drink you can make even if you don’t have access to a fresh grapefruit. While a citrus wedge garnish provides a great finishing touch, the grapefruit taste of this cocktail comes from fruit-flavoured soda.
Whether you want a full-flavour fruity drink like the Sea Breeze or a more subdued one like the Fresh Cut, grapefruit is an exciting flavour to play around with. Experiment with these recipes and find your favourite to serve all summer long.