Gin is one of my favorite choices of alcohol for a cocktail, so it's a no brainer that I had to have one on the site. This grapefruit gin fizz cocktail recipe is refreshing, fizzy, and just the perfect drink to welcome in warm weather!
You can virtually make this recipe at any time of day, any time of year, and it will still taste fabulous.
I love cocktails, so of course I was inspired by my tropical mezcal margarita and my rose sangria. All equally delicious in their own way.
What are the ingredients for this recipe?
The beauty of making cocktails is that they don't need to be overly complicated. This gin fizz calls for:
- Grapefruit juice - I prefer fresh grapefruit juice for this, but store-bought is fine (cue Ina Garten here)
- St. Germain - you could also find other brands of elderflower liqueur
- Lemon juice
- Fresca or club soda - this is where the drink gets it's fizz.
These ingredients are easy to find at any grocery store or liquor store. A great cocktail doesn't need a ton of bells and whistles, as long as it tastes good and the flavors are balanced, its a win!
See the recipe card below for more about specific quantities.
Which brand of gin should I use?
I am not a huge stickler when it comes to gin, but I will say that sometimes the label or brand of the alcohol does make a difference. Here's a few brands I'd recommend:
- Bombay Sapphire
- Empress Gin
- Hendricks - my go to!
How do I make this drink?
Let's get down to business and make this deliciously refreshing cocktail.
In a large shaker, add ice cubes and pour in the grapefruit juice, gin, St. Germain, and lemon juice. Squeeze in the half of lemon juice and close the shaker.
Shake vigorously and pour into a coupe or high ball glass with ice. Top it off with club soda or Fresca.
HINT: Top this cocktail off with a dusting of some Tajin on the rim for an additional depth of flavor.
Recipe Swaps and Substitutions
If you know how to make the recipe fit a certain diet, let the reader know here. Don't fake it - only provide guidance on topics you have actual experience with.
- Gin - instead of gin, you can swap with vodka!
- Grapefruit - use orange juice or even lemon lime sparkling soda instead of grapefruit.
How to Serve this Drink
What I love about this recipe is that it can be made in a few different ways, with some fun variations.
- Spicy - add some sliced jalapeño to really get the party started.
- Tajín - dust the rims of the glasses you are using to serve this drink with some Tajín for another pop of flavor and color.
- Popsicles - add the ingredients to a blender and pour into to popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
The beauty of making cocktails is that it doesn't ever require crazy or intricate kitchen tools. If you're into making drinks, you absolutely need:
- Cocktail spoon
- Cocktail shaker
- Jigger - we measure our alcohol so that the drink is balanced.
Can I store this recipe? Can I prep ahead of time?
If you want to prepare this drink ahead of time, you can do so in a large pitcher but add in the ice once you're ready to serve it.
Add in some orange juice and a little grenadine to make the gin fizz a bit more colorful, and flavorful!
Hungry for More?
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Grapefruit Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe
- 1 cocktail shaker
- 1 jigger
- 1 cocktail spoon optional
- 1 citrus squeezer if not using store-bought juice
- 2 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 oz gin
- ½ oz elderflower liqueur
- ½ teaspoon lemon juice
- splash of Fresca or lemon lime soda
- In a large shaker, add ice cubes and pour in the grapefruit juice, gin, St. Germain, and lemon juice.
- Squeeze in the half of lemon juice and close the shaker.
- Shake vigorously and pour into a coupe or high ball glass with ice.
- Top it off with club soda or Fresca.