Quench your thirst with these delicious and refreshing grapefruit vodka cocktails! From tangy twists on classics to tart, citrusy apéritifs, these tasty vodka drinks all highlight the zesty flavor of grapefruit juice and are so easy anyone can make them!
Grapefruit and vodka is one of the most refreshing pairings of all time! Vodka itself has a neutral flavor, allowing the bright and tart taste of grapefruit to really shine through in these recipes. These cocktails are perfect for spring and summer, or any time of year you’re craving a tangy, crisp drink with a kick. As a bonus, they’re also incredibly easy to make and only require 6 ingredients or less! So whether you’re a fan of spirit-forward, fruity, or sour drinks, I’m confident everyone can find a grapefruit vodka cocktail they’ll love in this roundup. With that all said, let’s dive right into these tasty adult beverages, shall we?
Starting off, we have a deliciously citrusy riff on a vodka tonic! It's super refreshing, making it great for warm weather, but the grapefruit also gives it a festive flair that makes it equally well suited for the holidays. In the recipe, you simply add some fresh grapefruit juice to a standard vodka tonic for a zesty twist on the beloved classic.
Here's an equally simple, tasty cocktail that only requires three ingredients and anyone can make! It uses the juice of half of a grapefruit juice, so it's packed with bright, zesty flavor and tastes super fresh. Top it off with 7UP for fizziness and garnish with a sprig of rosemary for some delightful aromatics!
The Greyhound is perhaps the most ubiquitous grapefruit vodka cocktail, and for good reason! This classic drink is incredibly easy to whip up, beyond refreshing, and always pleases a crowd, making it perfect for warm weather parties that call for a big batch drink!
The Salty Dog is another tried-and-true summertime classic! It's essentially a variation on the Greyhound, with the only difference being the salted rim. It might seem like a very small deviation, but the salty rim really changes the flavor of the drink by balancing out the tart grapefruit and adding a nice savory element to the cocktail.
Ingredients: vodka, grapefruit juice, lime juice, grapefruit sparkling water, salt (for the rim), mint sprig (for garnish)
This grapefruit vodka martini is a wonderful happy hour cocktail for any time of year! It's citrusy, spirit-forward, and the perfect balance between sour and sweet. While it's a pretty big departure from the classic martini, you'll love it if you like tart, fruity drinks served "up".
This cocktail has similar ingredients to the above martini, but tastes entirely different! It leaves out simple syrup and adds in orange liqueur for a more citrusy, spirit-forward cocktail. You can expect it to be tart, balanced, and wonderfully aromatic!
If you love a good Moscow Mule, you need to give this variation on the classic a try! The classic Moscow Mule is made with vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. This recipe swaps out the lime juice for grapefruit juice and adds a sprig of rosemary for an equally refreshing drink with a gorgeous pink hue!
The Cosmopolitan has making its comeback in the cocktail scene over the past few years, and I couldn't be happier about it! In this recipe, you replace the lime and cranberry juice with grapefruit juice, resulting in a more citrus-forward and bitter variation on the classic cocktail. Just like the original, it's light-hearted while still being sophisticated and flavorful!
If you need an easy cocktail for brunch, this grapefruit screwdriver is a tart, fun twist on the tangy classic. This recipe zhuzhes up the Screwdriver, which is made with just orange juice and vodka, by swapping orange juice for grapefruit juice and adding in grapefruit liqueur for an extra boozy kick and fruity flavor! Top it off with a bit of club soda and sprig of mint for a more elevated take on the classic cocktail.
Ingredients: vodka, grapefruit juice, grapefruit liqueur, club soda, mint sprig (for garnish), grapefruit wedge (for garnish)
This pink grapefruit sangria is a fantastic warm weather pitcher cocktail that looks absolutely beautiful in a glass! The freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and blood orange juice pair with rosé and mint leaves like a dream, while the vodka gives it an extra boozy kick that will keep the party going all day long.
The Confident Man is a very loose riff on a Paloma, which is made with tequila and grapefruit juice. This clever variation combines the flavor of floral, sweet St Germain elderflower liqueur with bitter, citrusy Aperol and grapefruit juice for a unique and refreshing apéritif. Never forget: a confident man isn't afraid to wear or drink pink!
Ingredients: vodka, grapefruit juice, St Germain elderflower liqueur, Aperol
Here's a vibrant, pretty-in-pink cocktail that's perfect for lady's night! I'll admit, I'm not the biggest fan of the name (especially coming after a drink called The Confident Man...), but I can't deny that the cocktail itself is incredibly delicious. It stars sweet, fruity pomegranate liqueur and tart pink grapefruit juice, which gives you an intensely flavorful and bright cocktail.
The Sea Breeze is a simple but delicious three ingredient cocktail that hits the spot all year round! It leverages the wonderful pairing of cranberry and grapefruit juice, so you can expect it to be fruity, tart, and dangerously drinkable.
The Great Gatsby is another light, refreshing three ingredient cocktail that combines vodka and grapefruit juice with Lillet Blanc, which is a semi-sweet French apéritif wine infused with fruits and botanicals. Its citrusy, herbal flavor pairs wonderfully with the tart, bitter grapefruit juice for an easy-drinking, elegant summertime sipper!
I love a good sour any time of year, and this one is as easy as it is delicious! A classic sour template is 2 parts spirit, 1 part acid, and 1 part sweet. This recipe uses (you guessed it!) vodka as the main spirit, along with grapefruit juice for acidity and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.
Here's a different take on a grapefruit vodka sour that combines honey pomegranate syrup with fresh grapefruit and lemon juice for a sweet, tart, and super flavorful cocktail. The honey pomegranate syrup is really the star of the drink, adding extra fruitiness and a touch of sweetness to round out the acidity of the two citrus juices.
This Grapefruit Crush is the perfect light drink to cool you down on a hot day! It's made with three different types of fresh citrus juices and triple sec, which are all balanced out by a homemade thyme simple syrup. It's aptly named, because it's beyond crushable and you can't have just one!
Whenever I see grapefruit and rosemary together in a drink, I get so excited! It's a truly perfect flavor pairing that's suited for any time of year. This tasty creation combines grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup with elderflower liqueur and lemon juice for a bright, floral, and citrusy cocktail.
If you love a good tequila sunrise, you need to give this twist on the classic a try! Like in the classic cocktail, grenadine gives it a beautiful layered visual effect. Instead of tequila and orange juice though, vodka and grapefruit juice are the backbone of this drink, making it extra tart with a subtle bitter bite.
This easy, zingy four ingredient cocktail tastes just like summertime in a glass! It marries sweet and fruity strawberry simple syrup with tangy grapefruit juice, and is topped off with club soda for a bubbly texture. It's light, fizzy, and delightfully crisp!