A citrusy cocktail with an herbaceous kick. This Thyme Infused Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail turns grapefruit into a deliciously smooth beverage for entertaining this summer.
If you’re not a fan of grapefruit, we’re in the same boat. I had an unused grapefruit from another recipe shoot and wanted to try to use it. Using up leftover ingredients in my home is where I draw most of my inspiration from. It’s a challenge that sometimes ends in a delicious concoction, like this refreshing cocktail.
I decided to try some cocktail ideas with the grapefruit, and finally came up with this bright and summery spiked drink. Coming from someone that doesn’t usually like grapefruit, it’s surprisingly tasty.
The hint of thyme pairs well with the grapefruit — a combination that I’m now obsessed with — and the sparkling lime water rounds out the citrus.
I’m convinced that this will be a new cocktail for our summer gatherings. This would be a great addition to any spring or summer holiday brunch.
First and foremost, if you don’t have time to make the thyme infused vodka, this is still a delicious cocktail. The first time I made it, I didn’t use thyme except to garnish. The addition of the thyme vodka adds a great flavor component, but you can definitely make this cocktail with regular vodka.
That being said, infusing vodka is very easy. Add your vodka to a mason jar and toss in a handful of fresh thyme. Screw on the airtight lid (I use the ones that come with the mason jars) and sit it out of direct sunlight for a couple of days, like a cabinet or pantry. Oh, and shake it every now and then! Test it after two days, and leave it in for another day or two for a stronger thyme flavor.
For the cocktail, squeeze one large grapefruit into a bowl or cup. It should make about 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice. Use a fine mesh sieve to strain out the seeds and pulp, making this a super smooth drink. You can use storebought 100% grapefruit juice, but I always use the real deal because it has a fresher taste to me!
Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker or jar and mix! You can serve over ice or keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Use some leftover thyme sprigs to garnish your cocktails, and enjoy this springy, summery spiked beverage with friends and family!
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Tip: Freeze leftovers in popsicle bags for a frozen cocktail on a hot summer day. Make sure to label the bags with “ALCOHOL.”Print
- 1/2 cup grapefruit juice (about 1 large grapefruit)
- 1/2 cup lime sparkling water
- 1/3 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup thyme infused vodka (see notes)
- Sprigs of thyme for garnish
- To make the grapefruit juice, squeeze 1 large grapefruit into a bowl or cup. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
- Add all ingredients to a beverage shaker or jar and mix.
- Serve cold and garnish with a sprig of thyme.
- Storebought 100% grapefruit juice can be used instead of freshly squeezed.
- To make thyme infused vodka, add vodka and fresh thyme sprigs to a mason jar. Cut or bend thyme so that it is completely covered with vodka. Close with an airtight lid (like the metal lids that come with mason jars) and keep in a dry, dark place for two days. Check after two days and let sit for another day if desired.
- You can use regular vodka, but the cocktail may taste different.