Grapefruit Dream


This refreshing and spicy grapefruit dream cocktail is perfect during the winter months when grapefruits and rosemary are at their best. This cocktail wonderfully sweet, sour and bitter at the same time.

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Sugar syrup, or simple syrup, is often used in cocktails and is very easy to make yourself by heating equal parts sugar and water. Briefly boil it, et voila, you have made your own simple syrup. To make rosemary syrup, add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary while heating. Leave this for a while to allow the flavours to infuse, strain out the rosemary and use the syrup in a cocktail like this delicious grapefruit dream.

Rosemary syrup is also very tasty and refreshing in the summer; you can dilute it with still or sparkling water.

Grapefruits are available all year round, but in the winter months this deliciously fresh, slightly bitter citrus is at its best. Rosemary is also available all year round, but it particularly suits the flavours of winter. So, grapefruit and rosemary are a perfect combination, making this the ideal winter cocktail.

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Published at 2024-01-28, this recipe is for 1 person and takes 10 minutes.

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Updated at: 29-01-2024

10 minutes 1 person Christmas recipes
Grapefruit dream


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  • 40 ml gin
  • 60 ml grapefruit juice
  • 20 g sugar
  • 20 ml water
  • approximately 100 ml sparkling water
  • handful of ice cubes
  • half a grapefruit
  • a few sprigs of fresh rosemary
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  • small saucepan
  • small sieve
  • cocktail glass of your choice
  • spirit measure/jigger

Grapefruit Dream

10 minutes 1 person Christmas recipes

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First make the rosemary syrup by heating equal parts sugar and water, along with a few sprigs of fresh rosemary, in a small saucepan.

Let the syrup cool completely.

Grapefruit dream
Grapefruit dream

Fill a glass with ice cubes, add 40 ml of gin, then 60 ml of grapefruit juice and 20 ml of rosemary syrup.

Top up the glass with sparkling water and garnish with grapefruit slices and a sprig of fresh rosemary. Enjoy!

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Grapefruit Dream: frequently asked questions

Where can I buy rosemary syrup?

Rosemary syrup is not usually available at supermarkets. It can be bought at some health food shops. Since it is less readily available, it is easier to make rosemary syrup yourself. As it only consists of water, sugar and fresh rosemary, it is very easy to make yourself, and also cheap.

Which cocktails use rosemary syrup?

Aside from this grapefruit dream, you can use rosemary syrup in a gin & tonic, or replace the sugar syrup in a whiskey sour with rosemary syrup.