Full of fresh-squeezed juice and just enough sweetness, this easy Gin Grapefruit Cocktail with Elderflower is the perfect drink for your afternoon happy hour.
Elderflower liqueur is extremely sweet with a slightly floral taste, so it pairs very well with tart grapefruit and herbaceous gin. With only 5 ingredients, this cocktail is quick to shake up so you can get to enjoying your sip even faster. This delicious recipe is the perfect way to enjoy a hot day or celebrate any number of special occasions.
The color of your Gin Grapefruit Cocktail with Elderflower will vary a bit based on whether you use a red (pink grapefruit juice) or white grapefruit. Pick whichever fruit you prefer and/or is easily available in your local market. Red grapefruit are sweeter, so you may need to increase the simple syrup by 0.25oz if you use white grapefruit.
- Your favorite gin (Mine’s New Holland Knickerbocker)
- Elderflower liqueur (I use St. Germain)
- Simple syrup
- A lime
- A grapefruit
How to Make a Gin Grapefruit Cocktail with Elderflower
Combine gin, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, and fresh grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker full of ice cubes.
Shake it up!
Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a slice of grapefruit. Sip and enjoy!
- Make your simple syrup an hour or two ahead of time so it can cool completely before you’re ready to make the cocktail. Heat ¼ cup hot water to boiling, then add in ¼ cup white sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until ready to use. >Read More about making Simple Syrup
- Juice the grapefruit and lime into separate small bowls. Roll the lime on your counter, applying pressure with your palm, to release all of its juice before you cut into it. (You don’t need to do this with the grapefruit.)
- You can strain the lime and grapefruit juices to remove all the pulp if that bothers you. If you don’t mind a little pulp in your drink, you can skip it.
Try These Elderflower Cocktails
Looking for more drinks to make using elderflower liqueur? Here are two of my favorite cocktails:
Tips on a Grapefruit and Elderflower Gin Cocktail
I love using a gin with lots of flavor in this recipe. My pick is New Holland’s Knickerbocker Gin. Bombay Gin would also be delicious in this recipe, but feel free to choose your favorite.
Fresh juice is important in this drink. You should only need 1 grapefruit and 1 lime to make this cocktail. Bottled juices have additives, sweeteners, and colorings in them that change the flavor compared to squeezing the fruit. With only 5 ingredients - 2 of them being fruit juices - using fresh juice makes a big difference.
I use St. Germain, which is easy to find in my area, but feel free to use whatever brand of elderflower liqueur you prefer.
Fresh herbs go so well with gin. Use a couple fresh thyme sprigs or small rosemary sprigs to really dress up this pink grapefruit gin cocktail.