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Grapefruit Gin Gimlet, Refreshing Summer Cocktail

Grapefruit gin gimlet is a refreshing take on a classic summer cocktail. With a homemade grapefruit simple syrup, fresh juices, and gin.
My all time favorite cocktail is the Gin Gimlet.  The classic version has 2 ingredients: gin and Rose’s Lime Syrup, a 50/50 ratio, poured over ice.  This grapefruit version takes the classic to a whole new level. The Grapefruit Gimlet is made with bright grapefruit juice, and a fancy pants (not to mention easy!) homemade simple syrup, and your favorite gin.

This Grapefruit Gimlet Cocktail is:

  • Super refreshing
  • Packed with flavor
  • Delightful
  • Bright
  • Vibrant
  • Sweet and sour
  • Great to make a big batch of and serve at a party

The fresh grapefruit and lime juices make this cocktail complete.  There’s no substitute for the real deal when it comes to juice: fresh squeezed makes the difference. The fresh grapefruit and lime juices provide a pleasant acidity which pairs well with the sweet syrup and herbal gin.  You can absolutely use bottled juice, but if you have the real deal, then use fresh.

What’s In This Grapefruit Gimlet?

  • Gin of choice: whether you like a earthy, mild, or botanical gin, any will work for this cocktail!
  • Grapefruit Juice: fresh squeezed please!  If not, the bottled will work but the freshness makes a ton of difference.
  • Lime Juice: same as above, fresh squeezed if possible.
  • Simple Syrup: I made a grapefruit simple syrup (so easy, I’ll post the recipe below) but if you have normal simple syrup or Roses’s Lime that’ll do!

Grapefruit seems to be one of those fruits you either love or hate.  I can’t get enough grapefruit, I love the tartness, the sweetness, and eating it out of the peel.  My husband, on the other hand, can’t stand the stuff.  More for me I guess!


How Do I Made Grapefruit Simple Syrup?

  1. In a large mason jar, add the peels from 1 grapefruit, 1/2 cup is sugar, and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Allow the peels to soak for 1 hour- not much longer or else they will get bitter.
  3. Remove the peels and refrigerate the syrup!
I’ve been trying to do a different fun refreshing cocktail on Fridays… something to kick off the weekend and celebrate a few days off work. I made my Grapefruit Paloma a few weeks ago (YUM!) and a Lemon Basil Gin and Tonic a while back too.

As always, if you make grapefruit gin gimlet be sure to leave me a comment, rate this recipe, and tag me on Instagram so I can feature you.  I love seeing all your photos of my recipe recreations!

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Grapefruit Gin Gimlet

The Herbeevore
Grapefruit gin gimlet is a refreshing take on a classic summer cocktail. With a homemade grapefruit simple syrup, fresh juices, and gin.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 129 kcal


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce grapefruit infused simple syrup (recipe in Notes) or normal simple syrup, or Rose's Lime Syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz seltzer to top


  • In a tumbler, add the gin, grapefruit syrup, lime juice, and ice.  Shake well, pour into a glass over ice, serve with a lime garnish.


Calories: 129kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 36mgPotassium: 287mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Easy Cocktails for a Crowd, Grapefruit Cocktails, Grapefruit Gimlet, Grapefruit Gin Gimlet, Summer Cocktail Recipes
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Posted in American, Cocktails, For Entertaining, Holiday Recipes, Summer Recipes, The Herbeevore Recipes


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