Rosemary Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail

This Rosemary Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail is the perfect balance of citrusy and herby flavors that go perfectly with your favorite vodka. The addition of an egg-white makes a beautiful and creamy foam to perfect this drink!

Rosemary Grapefruit Cocktail with a small rosemary sprig garnish on top
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Rosemary and grapefruit make a great combination and are perfect for cocktails! This Rosemary Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail is easy to make and will quickly become a favorite when you have fresh grapefruit juice on hand. The addition of egg white is optional, but it creates a creamy and pretty foam on top that makes this cocktail even better.

If you are looking for more grapefruit cocktail recipes, check out my Grapefruit Elderflower Margarita!

Ingredients Needed to Make a Rosemary Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail

  • vodka
  • freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
  • egg white (can sub aquafaba, see below)
  • rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
  • a small sprig of rosemary for garnish

How to Make This Grapefruit Cocktail

Add all of the cocktail ingredients to a cocktail shaker without ice and dry shake for 20-30 seconds. Add fresh ice to the shaker and shake again for another 20-30 seconds. Strain the cocktail through a fine-mesh strainer into your favorite cocktail glass. Garnish with a small piece of rosemary for aroma and presentation. Cheers!

rosemary grapefruit vodka cocktail in a crystal glass

How to Make Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 medium fresh rosemary sprigs (about ¼ cup and not dried rosemary)

Place the water and sugar in a small saucepan over med-high heat. Once the sugar has dissolved add the rosemary sprigs and allow the mixture to boil for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool the syrup with the rosemary sprigs steeping the mixture. Once cool, remove the rosemary and place the syrup in a sealable bottle or jar. The syrup will last in the fridge for several weeks.

What is Dry Shake?

Dry shake is shaking your cocktail ingredients in a cocktail shaker WITHOUT ice for at least 30 seconds, longer if you can. Dry shaking a cocktail is usually instructed when there is an egg white or egg white substitute in the cocktail. The reason to dry shake a cocktail is to foam up the egg white and to get all of the ingredients meshed together. After you dry shake, add ice to the cocktail shaker, and you wet shake for another 30 seconds or more.

rosemary grapefruit vodka cocktail with rosemary garnish on top of foam

Egg White Alternative for Cocktails

An alternative to adding egg white to cocktails is to substitute aquafaba instead. Aquafaba is the “bean liquid” usually from garbanzo beans/chickpeas. It’s gluten-free and dairy-free and an excellent alternative for people with an egg allergy, who don’t consume eggs or do not want to use raw egg white. Simply substitute 1-2 tbsp of aquafaba for 1 egg white.

You definitely don’t have to add egg white to this cocktail. I personally like the foam it creates and it makes this cocktail so pretty. Not everyone is comfortable adding egg white to their drink, and that’s ok! See my notes in the recipe card on the USDA comments on egg whites in the recipe.

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Rosemary Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail

This Rosemary Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail is the perfect balance of citrusy and herby flavors that go perfectly with your favorite vodka.
5 from 33 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 192kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • measuring jigger
  • fine-mesh strainer
  • small saucepan
  • sealable bottle or jar

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
  • 1 large egg white
  • ½ ounces rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)
  • small sprig of rosemary for garnish (optinal)

Rsoemary Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2-3 medium fresh rosemary sprigs (about ¼ cup and not dried rosemary)

Instructions

Rosemary Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail

  • Place the vodka, grapefruit juice, egg white, and rosemary simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and dry shale for 20-30 seconds. Add fresh ice to the shaker and shake again for an additional 20-30 seconds.
    blood orange whiskey sour after dry shake with egg white
  • Pour and strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a small piece of rosemary and enjoy immediately. Cheers!
    rosemary grapefruit vodka cocktail with rosemary garnish

Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • Place the water and sugar in a small saucepan over med-high heat. Once the sugar has dissolved add the rosemary sprigs and allow the mixture to boil for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool the syrup with the rosemary sprigs steeping the mixture. Once cool, remove the rosemary and place the syrup in a sealable bottle or jar. The syrup will last in the fridge for several weeks.

Notes

  • You can substitute 1-2 tbsp of aquafaba for eggwhite in this cocktail.
  • *The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) considers it safe to use raw eggs if they are pasteurized. Bottom Line: Raw eggs may contain a type of pathogenic bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning. However, the risk of an egg being contaminated is quite low. Please proceed at your own risk and decide if you are ok with this. I have never had an issue.

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.9g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 11.3g | Calcium: 9mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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