Sparkling grapefruit rosemary mocktail is a pretty non alcoholic drink that’s perfect for summer parties or brunch.  Ruby red grapefruit juice is mixed with rosemary infused simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and sparkling mineral water for a refreshing fruity flavor.  You’ll want a refill for sure!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
two glasses of grapefruit rosemary mocktail
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Sparkling Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

Grapefruit is one of my favorite mocktail flavors!  The refreshing citrus flavor, delicate aroma, and beautiful pink color exquisitely complement so many other flavors.  When I heard of the grapefruit and rosemary combination, I knew that I had to try it sometime.  Now I present the sparkling grapefruit rosemary mocktail for you to enjoy.

holding two glasses of grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Is a mocktail alcoholic?

Mocktails don’t contain any alcohol.  Their name is an abbreviated form of “mock cocktails.”

Is grapefruit juice healthy?

  • Lower in Calories: 8 ounces of grapefruit juice contains 20 calories less than orange juice.
  • High in Vitamins and Nutrients: contains vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, thiamine, folate, and magnesium.
  • High in Antioxidants: high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene, flavanones.

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What is simple syrup?

Simple syrup is a simple blend of sugar and water used to sweeten non alcoholic drinks, such as this grapefruit rosemary mocktail.  Just heat the water and sugar together in a small saucepan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.  Chill it into it’s cold before using.  You can keep it refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

What herbs can I infuse in simple syrup?

You can infuse any herb in simple syrup–even dried ones!  For this grapefruit drink, I’d recommend mint, rosemary, fresh ginger root, or basil.

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How to Make Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup

Get 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup of fresh rosemary.

rosemary simple syrup ingredients for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Coarsely chop the rosemary leaves.

chopped rosemary for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Stir together the sugar and water in a small pot over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved.  Bring to a boil, add the rosemary, and simmer for 3 minutes.

steeping rosemary simple syrup for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Let the simple syrup steep in the pot for 30 minutes, then refrigerate until needed.  Just before using, strain out the rosemary leaves.

strained rosemary simple syrup for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

How to Make Sparkling Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

Gather the ingredients: grapefruit juice, rosemary simple syrup, sparkling mineral water, and Angostura orange bitters.  Don’t forget the grapefruit slices and rosemary sprigs for the garnish.

ingredients for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Pour the grapefruit juice, Angostura orange bitters, and the rosemary simple syrup into a large glass.

pouring rosemary syrup into grapefruit juice for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Stir it together until well blended.

stirring grapefruit juice, bitters, and simple syrup for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Add the sparkling mineral water and stir gently to combine.

pouring sparkling mineral water into grapefuit juice mixture for grapefruit rosemary mocktail

Pour the grapefruit mixture into a 17-ounce glass filled with 1/3 cup of crushed ice.

pouring grapefruit rosemary mocktail into a glass with ice

Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of fresh rosemary.

garnishing grapefruit rosemary mocktail with a slice of grapefruit

Enjoy with family and friends!

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Pro Tips

  • Chop the rosemary leaves before adding them to the simple syrup.  This helps the rosemary release its natural oils into the syrup.
  • Let the rosemary simple syrup steep for as long as possible–even overnight–for the best flavor.
  • Store the simple syrup in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. That way, it’s ready whenever you want to mix up a mocktail.
  • Be sure all the ingredients are chilled before you assemble the drink.
  • Make this drink ahead of time.  Stir together everything except the sparkling mineral water and the ice.  Finish assembling just before serving.
  • Use a fancy glass. Mocktails just don’t taste as good when they’re served in an ordinary water glass.  Make it special!

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Sparkling Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 1 17-ounce drink 1x

Description

Sparkling grapefruit rosemary mocktail is a pretty non alcoholic drink that’s perfect for summer parties or brunch.  Ruby red grapefruit juice is mixed with rosemary infused simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and sparkling mineral water for a refreshing fruity flavor.  You’ll want a refill for sure!


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Ingredients

For the Rosemary Simple Syrup (Makes 1 1/4 cup of syrup)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
  • 1 cup water (236 ml)
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped (8g)

For an Individual Drink

  • 1/2 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (118 ml)
  • 1/3 cup rosemary simple syrup (78 ml)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Angostura orange bitters (1.2 ml)
  • 1/3 cup crushed ice
  • 2/3 cup sparkling mineral water (157 ml)

For a Pitcher (Serves 8)

  • 4 cups ruby red grapefruit juice (946 ml)
  • 2 2/3 cups rosemary simple syrup (630 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons Angostura orange bitters (10 ml)
  • 2 2/3 cups crushed ice
  • 5 1/3 cup sparkling mineral water (1.26 L)

Instructions

Making the Rosemary Simple Syrup

  1. Rinse and pat dry the rosemary, then remove the leaves from the stems by running your fingers down the stem.  Coarsely chop the rosemary.
  2. Pour the sugar and water into a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat.  Stir until all the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a boil.
  3. Add the chopped rosemary to the boiling syrup and turn the heat down to a simmer for 3 minutes.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool and steep for 30 minutes at room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Just before using, pour the syrup through a fine mesh sieve to remove the rosemary.

Making an Individual Drink

  1. Fill a 17-ounce stemless wine glass with 1/3 cup of crushed ice.
  2. Mix the grapefruit juice, rosemary simple syrup, and Agostura orange bitters in a tall glass or cocktail shaker.  Gently stir in the sparkling mineral water.
  3. Pour the drink over the ice and garnish with a grapefruit slice and fresh sprig of rosemary.  Serve immediately.

Making a Pitcher

  1. Mix the grapefruit juice, rosemary simple syrup, and Angostura orange bitters in a large pitcher.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. When ready to serve, gently stir the sparkling mineral water into the grapefruit mixture.
  3. Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of grapefruit and sprig of fresh rosemary.

Notes

The pleasure of a 5-star review of this grapefruit rosemary mocktail recipe would be greatly appreciated.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Chilled
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: grapefruit drinks, non alcoholic, sparkling

2 thoughts on “Sparkling Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

  1. The rosemary blends so beautifully with the grapefruit, which is one of my favorite flavours. I just love the pictures!👍🍊

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