It’s been quite a long while since our last cocktail Friday. Let’s remedy that, shall we? Though I love most citrus flavors, I must admit that grapefruit is probably my least favorite. Something about the far more tart than sweet flavor profile has never really appealed to my palette. Though there have been occasional exceptions (grapefruit poppy seed muffins being one of the very best), for the most part I opt for other citrus fruits.

However, mix it with gin and add herbal accents? Now we’re talking. It’s no secret that I love a good cocktail, and I especially appreciate bars where their drink menus are organized by spirit so I can quickly zero in on those that feature gin. In the past couple of months, I’ve enjoyed just such a drink a few times at a favorite local spot, and finally decided it was time to try making one at home. I’m pleased to report that this version was a great success. With just a few ingredients and minimal prep, this is a beautiful, bright and refreshing cocktail to enjoy anytime. Cheers!


  • ¼ cup good quality gin (preferably Bluecoat)
  • 1 sprig rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • ¼ cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 tbsp. simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes bitters


  • 01

    In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin with the rosemary. Muddle together until the gin is infused with the rosemary. Add in the grapefruit juice, simple syrup and bitters. Add ice to the shaker, close and shake until well blended. Strain into a glass and garnish with additional fresh rosemary.
  • Karen

    I’ve never heard of Bluecoat gin, but I’ll definitely have to “investigate.” I’m a big gin fan. This cocktail looks and sounds delicious.

  • These look so cool! Love the colour, it’s like a princess drink lol.

  • peter

    I love it。So cool。

  • Cara

    That drink looks and sounds relish! Also, thought you’d appreciate this: I’m having a couple friends over for Easter dinner/ study sesh (Big exams next week :-/) and I have been planning out what to make & was asking my mom her opinion on dish and she goes ,” Why don’t you look @ Annie’s site?! I’m sure she has something.” :) Your blog is well known amongst my family & friends- thank you for teaching me how to cook! :)

  • Annie

    Aw, that totally makes my day! Also we need to re-attempt our plans to get together some time in the near future. I haven’t forgotten!

  • This looks so refreshing! Perfect for spring or summer.

  • I actually LOVE grapefruit, especially in cocktails! Count this as one of the MANY cocktails I plan on inhaling in 6 weeks. :)

  • Cara

    Yes, I would love that! E-mail whenever you get a chance and we can plan something :)

  • Everything about this drink sounds so refreshing! And you know all about our love for gin so I think these might be happening a lot this summer. Now that I’ve coaxed Kyle outside of his G&T box with some other fruity gin drinks, I know he’ll love this one. Thanks for sharing!

  • Annie B

    I know this isn’t exactly a fall/cold season cocktail, but I made these last week for a girls night and they were so easy and such a hit! Your blog is always my first go-to when I want to make something new. Thanks for the great recipes!

  • Annie

    I think this is perfectly seasonal! Citrus season is essentially here and rosemary is a perfect cool weather herb. I’m so glad they were a hit! I need to make them again soon.