Sparkling Grapefruit Vanilla Mocktail
Oooh, this mocktail is refreshing! The tart grapefruit juice is brisk and bracing, and sparkling water adds so many tiny, fizzy bubbles — like a splash of optimism in your glass. A sprig of rosemary gives it layered, complex flavor (and beauty!), and vanilla adds a touch of sweetness. Craving something stronger? Try adding a shot of vodka or Hendricks gin.
With or without spirits, this drink brings a ray of sunshine to gatherings of all types — brunches, happy hours, baby showers, or quiet nights in with your S.O.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
For the rosemary-vanilla syrup:
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup water
3 rosemary sprigs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the mocktail:
¾ cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ ounce rosemary-vanilla syrup
Splash of sparkling water
1 rosemary sprig, for garnish
1 slice pink grapefruit, for garnish
- For the rosemary-vanilla syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, water and rosemary sprigs. Cook for 5 minutes or until simmering, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the vanilla extract, remove the pot from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Discard the rosemary sprigs, transfer the rosemary-vanilla syrup to an airtight container and let cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour. The syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- To make one mocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, combine the pink grapefruit juice, lemon juice and rosemary-vanilla syrup. Shake until chilled through.
- Strain the cocktail into a highball glass filled ⅓ of the way with ice. Top with sparkling water.
- Garnish with a rosemary sprig and pink grapefruit slice. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from: Kari Skelton