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Grapefruit and Basil Cocktail

The unique blend of grapefruit and basil works together to create a perfectly refreshing cocktail.
Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Servings 1 cocktail


Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, torn


  • 3 ounces grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
  • ounces basil simple syrup
  • ounces gin or white rum
  • 2-3 fresh basil leaves


Basil Simple Syrup: (Make ahead of time)

  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil.
  • Tear basil leaves a few times, add them to the sugar mixture, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely; strain the simple syrup before bottling. Put in the refrigerator to chill for 2 to 3 hours.


  • Add 2 to 3 basil leaves to a cocktail shaker, and using a muddler, crush the leaves.
  • Fill the cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Add the grapefruit juice, basil simple syrup, and alcohol. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass filled with crushed ice or ice cubes. Garnish with grapefruit (optional).


The simple syrup will make about 8 cocktails.  Store any unused simple syrup in an airtight container and use it within two weeks.