Grapefruit, Rosemary and Vodka Spritzer Recipe

grapefruit rosemary cocktail

The grapefruit and rosemary spritzer cocktail with  felənē® American Handcrafted Vodka is an instant classic.

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This cocktail typically includes fresh grapefruit juice, vodka, and a rosemary-infused simple syrup. The rosemary syrup adds a subtle depth of flavor to the drink, while the grapefruit juice provides a tart and refreshing balance. The bitter and tangy flavor of grapefruit can balance the herbal and woody flavor of rosemary, creating a refreshing and complex cocktail.

The addition of sparkling water elevates the complexity with an effervescent crispness that refreshes and enhances the flavor profile.

What is the Best Grapefruit for Cocktails?
The best type of grapefruit for cocktails is a matter of personal preference, as different varieties have varying levels of sweetness and bitterness. However, the most commonly used grapefruit for cocktails is the pink or red grapefruit, as it has a slightly sweeter and less bitter flavor than white grapefruit.

Pink or red grapefruit is often preferred for cocktails because it provides a balance of tartness and sweetness, making it a versatile ingredient for a variety of cocktails. Additionally, the pink or red color can add a visually appealing element to the drink.

When selecting grapefruit for cocktails, it's important to choose fruits that are ripe and juicy. Look for grapefruits that are heavy for their size, have a smooth and firm skin, and give slightly when gently squeezed. To extract the juice, use a citrus juicer or reamer to get the most juice and avoid any bitter pith or seeds.

Ultimately, the best type of grapefruit for cocktails is the one that you enjoy the most, so feel free to experiment with different varieties to find the perfect flavor profile for your cocktail.


  • 2 oz felənē® vodka

  • 5 oz grapefruit juice

  • 1 oz rosemary simple syrup

  • Sparkling water

  • Ice

  • grapefruit slice for garnish

  • 1 sprig of rosemary for garnish


  • Fill a tall glass with ice (use a large red claret glass for added elegance)
  • Add felənē® vodka, grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup to the glass (leaving some room for sparkling water)
  • Stir to combine
  • Add sparkling water and gently stir to combine
  • Garnish with grapefruit slice and rosemary sprig
Timothy Kelly

Tim is the Founder & Master Distiller at Felene. He developed his passion for the spirits and hospitality business while growing-up and working in his family's restaurant and liquor store business. Tim’s passion for the epicurean lifestyle has found it’s latest manifestation in the Felene Distillery. Tim is a 5-time Gold Medal Award winning Distiller. He has won a Platinum medal at the Prestigious Los Angeles Spirits Awards and his signature vodka was named Best-in-Category by the American Distilling Institute. Mr. Kelly is also a prolific author and writer and his blog is filled with ideas, discoveries, observations and recommendations to help his readers enjoy life’s simple epicurean pleasures.

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