And by something, I mean cocktails. That’s what juicy grapefruits are for, in my opinion.
The simple syrup can be made with fresh or dried rosemary. I went with dried (found in the spice/seasonings row of the grocery store) because my little plant only had three sprigs. And I obviously needed all of those for photos. It looks real sad now. Totally worth it.
I usually lean towards sweeter cocktails–how shocking–but this is definitely on the tarter side. You’ll need some grapefruit juice (fresh is the best!), simple syrup, bourbon, and club soda. You can start with about 8 ounces of grapefruit juice and kind of adjust it from there. Less sweetener, more sweetener. Less bourbon, more bourbon. It’s all good.
Rosemary Grapefruit Bourbon Smash
rosemary simple syrup
(enough for about 6-7 drinks)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp rosemary leaves
for one drink:
- 8 oz grapefruit juice fresh preferred, but bottled works too!
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1.5 oz rosemary simple syrup add more if you like 'em sweet
- 2 oz club soda
for the simple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until reduced by half. Remove from heat and let it cool completely before using.
for each drink
- Fill each glass halfway with crushed ice. Add the grapefruit juice, bourbon, and simple syrup. For the club soda, I wrote that you'll need two ounces per cocktail, but that's really just an estimate. Basically you can just use it to top off each glass.
molly yeh says
you know the way to my heart! rosemary is my FAVE. and i have just been getting into grapefruit recently (mostly inspired by some burt’s bees grapefruit face wipes, OMG. highly recommend). i’ve made rosemary syrup before and added it to soda water for a nice herby soda, but BOURBON? yes. get me some of that.
I don’t know why I always forget that sweets and herbs can go together, I totally need to make more rosemary things! I’ve never tried those face wipes but I do have their grapefruit body lotion! 🙂
Rachel @ Bakerita says
This is so beautiful! I’m in love with the color, and that rosemary simple syrup sounds bomb. Love this. Pinned.
Thanks, Rachel! It is allll bomb. 🙂
Justine | Cooking and Beer says
I like your outlook on life Beth. I’m thinking grapefruit was put on this planet to be paired with bourbon! Pinning for later!
Justine, I totally agree with you! Thanks for pinning! 🙂
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says
So this drink is absolutely smashing (heehee get it?) but I am especially in love with that rosemary simple syrup! Such a neat flavor for simple syrups. This recipe is awesome, Beth!
I get it ;D Thanks, Jess! You’ve definitely gotta try rosemary simple syrup!
Oh that rosemary simple syrup!!! I love this Beth! I’m trying to take advantage of all the citrus right now too – I need to go make myself a drink!
I haven’t made enough citrusy things so far this year! Thanks, Ashley!
I wish I had one of these delicious looking concoctions RIGHT NOW!
I’ll make them for you!
Jeff Branch says
Just 2 oz. of bourbon? Kidding, great color. You need to make this for me. 🙂
You can add more if you want. 😉
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
These are so pretty! Rosemary and grapefruit is a killer combo 🙂
Thanks, Medha! 🙂
Liz @ Floating Kitchen says
This is just gorgeous! That color! Love it. And I really dig herbs + citrus in cocktails. Can’t wait to try it out. I’m thinking of Spring!
Thanks so much, Liz! These are totally all about Spring! 🙂
I love it…the grapefruit says, “let’s pretend it’s warm out,” and the bourbon says, “holy crap, it’s still freeeezing!”
Can’t wait to try!
Haha, Camilla, that’s exactly what I was going for with this cocktail. 🙂
Annie @Maebells says
These photos are beautiful! I haven’t tried a fruity+herby (is that a word?!) drink yet either but this looks like the perfect one to start!
Thanks so much, Annie! Herby is totally a word now. 🙂