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How to Make the Grapefruit Martini

Following the Grapefruit Martini recipe (either yellow or pink) is so easy and it looks as gorgeous as it tastes! The tartness works so well with either vodka or gin!

Pink Grapefruit Martini

The refreshing Grapefruit Martini joins the ranks of those other delicious grapefruit cocktails, like the Paloma and the Hemingway Daiquiri.

At your next gathering or any special occasion wow your guests by serving these instead of the usual vodka martini, and you will be providing them with a healthy dose of vitamin c!

Pink Grapefruits

I don’t think James Bond had ever been offered a Grapefruit Martini! If he had, history might have turned out a little different. Just a dash of a little fresh juice and the Grapefruit Martini might have become a classic cocktail as well as the famous spy’s favorite cocktail.

What is a Classic Gin Martini

Probably the most famous cocktail in the world, the classic dry gin martini is the first and the real Martini. When you ask for a Martini at the bar, this is the one you will be receiving.

It is also called the Dry Martini, which means it has very little vermouth in it. You should definitely be a gin fan before ordering one of these, as it is primarily gin in a glass! Gin, vermouth and lemon peel – that’s it – the Classic Gin Martini!

Books have been written on the history of the Gin Martini. When asked what the official story it, well, there is no official story. We do know it was around in the 1880’s, the recipe popping up in two famous cocktail books of the time.

By adding fresh fruit and citrus juices to the usual martini ingredients, you can create a whole other range of delicious cocktails!

Grapefruit juice

What tools you need to make the Grapefruit Martini

Grab that cocktail shaker for this one! You’ll also need a citrus pressjiggerstrainer, and chilled cocktail glass for this Grasshopper cocktail recipe. I adore Martini glasses so that’s my choice!

The ingredient checklist is simple for the grapefruit martini recipe, but it’s important to get it right. Please only use fresh grapefruit juice from fresh grapefruits. Make the simple syrup from white sugar. Use a smooth vodka, remember your cocktail is only as good as the drink ingredients are. The ice cubes should be fresh as well. Garnish can be a rosemary sprig, a grapefruit slice or a grapefruit peel.

  • Top Tip(ple)s🍸:
    • For a pink makeover, try the Pink Grapefruit Martini or Ruby Red Grapefruit Martini – use only pink grapefruit juice or ruby red grapefruit juice
    • Instead of simple syrup, you can sweeten your cocktails with an orange liquor or orange liqueur – such as Cointreau or Triple Sec
    • You can use a grapefruit vodka or grapefruit liquor, like Absolut Grapefruit or Pampelle
    • Put your vodka bottle in the freezer to make your cocktail even colder
    • A few oz of fresh lime juice also add a little zing

Where to find more grapefruit cocktail recipes

Here are a few of my favorites:

Where to find ingredients for the Grapefruit Martini recipe

You can find all the ingredients at Spirits Kiosk (10% off the entire site by quoting this code: ALushLife10SK.) in the UK; or in the USA!

Here is the recipe:

Pink Grapefruit Martini

Grapefruit Martini

Elevate your cocktail experience with a Grapefruit Martini. A perfect fusion of citrusy grapefruit and premium spirits, delivering a sophisticated, refreshing twist to classic martini indulgence.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 168 kcal


  • 1 ½ oz gin or vodka
  • ¾ oz sugar syrup
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Rosemary


  • Add all of the ingredients to a shaker
  • Add ice
  • Shake, shake, shake
  • Strain into a Martini glass
  • Garnish with a sprig of rosemary


Serving: 1gCalories: 168kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.03gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 60mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Grapefruit Martini
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