Rosemary & Grapefruit Cocktail

When is it considered appropriate to have your first cocktail of the day?

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I ask this with no judgement for anyone, but if you are doing this daily… you might have a problem. It’s funny because on vacation, especially at the beach, we will start the day off with a mimosa or margarita by 11am! I always feel so guilty, though I am having so much fun! When it comes to being at home though I would not think twice about ever considering having a drink that early during the day. It’s interesting how our vacation mentality is so different!

I am so excited to be heading back to the beach soon, fully intending to have a couple afternoon cocktails :) with no judgment.

On this Friday if you are looking for something tasty to make after work, before going out or at a weekend soiree this Rosemary Grapefruit Cocktail is the perfect libation to mix up! Filled with refreshing flavors of grapefruit, complimenting the rosemary, this is the perfect spring cocktail!

Rosemary Grapefruit Cocktail


For the rosemary syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves stripped and stalks discarded

For the cocktail: 

  • 1.5 oz Gin or Vodka
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz rosemary syrup
  • Ice
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish


For the rosemary syrup:

In a saucepan place water and sugar. Stir and bring to the boil. Turn down heat and allow to simmer for 3 minutes with lid on. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to steep for 5 more minutes before straining through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the rosemary leaves and allow the syrup to cool before transferring syrup to a sealed bottle or jar. The syrup will keep for a couple of weeks in an airtight jar, stored in a cool dark place.

For the cocktail: 

In a shaker pour gin or vodka, grapefruit juice and rosemary syrup. Add a big scoop of ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds, or until the shaker feels icy cold in your hands. Fill a tumbler with ice and pour cocktail from your shaker through a fine mesh strainer into your glass. Garnish with fresh rosemary and pink grapefruit slices.

| Recipe borrowed from here.

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