Rosemary Grapefruit Gin and Tonic Recipe

A gin and tonic recipe isn’t what we typically think of when we think “winter cocktail” – but we think breaking traditional cocktail guidelines is quite fun! The pairing of grapefruit and rosemary takes this classic cocktail to a whole new level and creates a light and refreshing drink to balance out some of those other heavy holiday cocktails *ahem* did someone say eggnog?

Rosemary Grapefruit Gin and Tonic Recipe

Makes: 2 cocktails

Total Time: 45 minutes


for simple syrup-

1 cup water

1 cup turbinado sugar

¼ cup rosemary leaves

for cocktails-

3 ounces gin

2 ounces rosemary simple syrup

2 ounces grapefruit juice

2 ounces tonic water grapefruit slices for rim

sprigs of rosemary for garnish

cane sugar for glass rim


To make the simple syrup- Combine water, sugar and rosemary leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep for about 30 minutes then strain into a clean glass jar to remove rosemary leaves.

Rub the edge of two lowball glasses with grapefruit and dip in sugar. Fill with ice and set aside.

In a shaker filled with ice, combine gin, rosemary simple syrup and grapefruit juice. Shake vigorously for at least a minute. Strain into glasses and top with tonic water. Garnish with a wedge of grapefruit and sprig of rosemary.

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