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Rosemary-Infused Fresh Grapefruit Spritzer

This freshly squeezed, rosemary-infused grapefruit spritzer is packed with flavour. You’ll love this delicious and thirst-quenching summer drink recipe with citrus and subtle earthy flavour.

Hello everyone! I’m still on my summer break, but thought I’d pop in today and share a delicious grapefruit spritzer recipe with you. We’ve been experiencing an unusually hot July, so refreshing and thirst-quenching drinks are definitely a necessity!

Rosemary-Infused Fresh Grapefruit Spritzer Cocktail in a Glass

Why You’ll Love This Grapefruit Vodka Spritzer

If you enjoy the sweet and tangy taste of freshly squeezed citrus juice cut with the subtle earthy flavour of rosemary, this cocktail is for you. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s the holy grail of summer drinks, but its health(ish) benefits and thirst quenching abilities seem to keep me going back for more!

Grapefruit Spritzer in Glass with Fresh Rosemary Garnish

Over the summer, we like to spend as much time outdoors as possible. If you’re Canadian like me, then you likely take advantage of the warm months too. They fly by too fast, don’t they?

During the week, we tend to stay put in our backyard working on projects or simply kicking back after a long day of work. On the weekends, we enjoy hikes and picnics by the river or in the mountains (yes, we’re fortunate enough to live close enough by for a day trip).

Glass Bottles with Homemade Grapefruit Vodka Spritzers

Whatever we’re up to, ready-to-go refreshing drinks are a necessity. Sure, you can pick up pre-made spritzers or coolers at the store. But why not make your own where you control the ingredients? Plus, you’ll save yourself a bunch so you can splurge on other goodies to put in your basket like chocolate and cheese!

This recipe can easily be modified to suit your preferences- no alcohol, more alcohol, less sweetness, more… You get the picture.

Rosemary-Infused Grapefruit Sparkler

Make-Ahead Summer Party Drinks

They’re also handy when made ahead for a summer party! Whip up a bunch in the morning, store them in the fridge, then transfer to a bucket of ice just before your guests arrive. You can even make a grapefruit spritzer label if you want to get all fancy.

Homemade Freshly Squeezed Grapefruit Vodka Spritzer in a Bottle

I found these cute little bottles at IKEA, but I’ve also seen them at dollar stores. A mason jar with a lid works perfectly, too, so don’t fret if you can’t find any. Just make sure your container has a lid to keep the drink sparkling!

I like my grapefruit sparkler served in a glass with some ice and a bit of garnish. Looks pretty that way, doesn’t it? Straight from the bottle is good too. Especially on those hot summer days when you need something stat. Guzzle away!

Rosemary and Grapefruit Vodka Spritzer in Cocktail Glass with Icea

Rosemary-Infused Fresh Grapefruit Spritzer

Rosemary-Infused Fresh Grapefruit Spritzer in Glass on Wood Board
A sweet and tangy drink made with freshly squeezed citrus juice cut with subtle earthy rosemary flavour.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serving Size 4 cocktails


  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 sprigs rosemary plus more for garnish
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 grapefruits plus more for garnish
  • vodka or white rum
  • soda or sparkling water


For the Juice Concentrate

  • Place water, sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
  • Meanwhile, juice lemon and set aside the juice. Cut leftover lemon into quarters and add to saucepan (with sugar mixture).
  • Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add rosemary. Turn down temperature to low and simmer until mixture becomes syrupy (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Juice Grapefruits. Add lemon juice to the grapefruit juice and pour entire mixture through a sieve.
  • Once syrup is cool, pour through a sieve into juice mixture. Stir to combine.


  • Add 1-2 ounces of vodka or white rum to bottle (10-12 ounce size). Pour in 5-6 ounces of juice mixture. Top with soda or sparkling water. Seal. Chill before serving.


  • Add ice cubes to glass along with 1-2 ounces of vodka or white rum. Pour in 5-6 ounces of juice mixture. Top with soda or sparkling water. Garnish with grapefruit segment and tiny sprig of rosemary.


Use your favourite variety of grapefruit. I used a mix of pink and red for color. You may have to adjust the sugar/honey level depending on how tart the juice is.

This Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe was developed for Kim’s Celebrate Summer Series on Today’s Creative Life.

Grapefruit Spritzer with Fresh Rosemary

Ever tried a rosemary-infused, freshly squeezed grapefruit spritzer? If not, you definitely need to give this one a try. Your taste buds will thank you!

More Drink Recipes

Are mojitos more your thing? Check out this spin on a classic: Basil Cucumber Mojito

Basil Cucumber Mojito Summer Cocktail Recipe

This Bourbon Mint Lemonade Cocktail is another summer drink to try!

Bourbon Mint Lemonade Cocktail - Summer Drink Recipe

I encourage you to check out this collection of fresh and delicious summertime drinks for even more ideas!

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Wishing you a fun-filled and relaxing summer,

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. Okay Shauna, you must have read my mind! I’ve been wanting a summer cocktail with grapefruit, and yours sounds like it will quench my craving! I’m looking so forward to trying this one. Thank you for sharing… and, your photographs are just beautiful! Cheers!! :-)

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