3 Grapefruit Juice Cocktails You Need in Your Life

There are few things I love in this world as much as grapefruit. There’s just something about the sweet and slightly tangy citrus broken up by a bitter pithiness that lingers and brings balance that sets my tastebuds to dancing. Come to think of it, maybe grapefruit is my spirit fruit..? Anyway, while grapefruit can be a tricky [right, 50 Cent?] and sometimes polarizing ingredient, it’s undeniably interesting and unique flavor tends to make a killer cocktail component. And if you love grapefruit as much as I do, then you totally need the following cocktails in your life, ASAP.

While most, if not all of these recipes call for freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, there’s nothing wrong with store-bought, because let’s face it—who has time to freshly squeeze all of those grapefruits? For a natural and freshly-squeezed taste in a hurry, use Simply Grapefruit, and tell people you squeezed it fresh. We won’t tell if you won’t!

The Moonwalk

We’ve all heard of and partaken in the classic brunch time mimosa, but just wait til you try this grapefruit-y take on the old staple brought to us by saveur.com. It’s a game-changer. This beverage is the perfect pairing with eggs benedict or a beautiful breakfast hash. Try replacing the “freshly squeezed” juice from this recipe with Simply Grapefruit and save yourself some time and mess.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur, preferably Grand Marnier
  • 3 drops rose water (amazon.com)
  • Champagne or sparkling wine, for topping

See the full recipe here.

Long-Faced Dove

If you and your friends are battling a serious case of the winter blues and it’s only November, (ahem) try out this 6-serving lovely provided by the nice folks over at Serious Eats. Cut back on all the citrus squeezing by inserting Simply Grapefruit into the mix. You’ll cut down on time between servings and save your delicate, frost-bitten fingers in the process.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 9 ounces silver tequila
  • 3 ounces Campari
  • 4 1/2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 4 1/2 ounces lime juice, from about 9 limes
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (or more to taste, see note above)
  • 3 ounces ginger beer
  • Garnish: 6 lime wheels

Get the full recipe here.

Brown Derby

And, finally, if you’re looking to make grapefruit juice more relevant for the season, or bridge the gap into the land of whiskey, this little number is perfect for you. Liquor.com provides the how-to for us on this simple, yet sophisticated, 3-ingredient beverage. Toss in some Simply Grapefruit for a quick, pinkies up nightcap, relax and unwind.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz Honey syrup

See the full recipe here.