Grapefruit Basil Martini Recipe

This Grapefruit Basil Martini is a lovely light cocktail, perfect as an aperitif. Enjoy this drink anytime a cocktail is called for. The grapefruit juice and basil are perfect complements.

Grapefruit Basil Martini in 2 glasses

Once I knew our upcoming Gr8 Dinner would be Italian cuisine, it was up to me to create a signature cocktail. And when I think of Italy, citrus comes to mind. Vodka and citrus are always compatible but I needed to think of another ingredient aside from the two basics. I had seen basil with grapefruit juice combined on a few restaurant bar menus but they usually added simple syrup to sweeten the drink…not a fan.

2 glasses of Grapefruit Basil Martini

After playing around with the basil and grapefruit juice, I thought of using the Italian grapefruit soda by San Pellegrino. It worked perfectly. Not only did it eliminate the need for simple syrup but it added a little carbonation.

How to Make a Grapefruit Basil Martini

Muddle a couple of fresh basil leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Then add equal parts of vodka (your choice of brands), freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, and the grapefruit soda. Add some ice to the shaker and stir or swirl vigorously.

I actually prefer this drink “shaken, not stirred,” but because of the carbonation from the soda, you run the risk of a mess. Please, feel free to shake it. (I do advise that you do this over the sink.)

Then simply pour into a pre-chilled cocktail glass and enjoy!

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Grapefruit Basil Martini

This Grapefruit Basil Martini is a lovely light cocktail, perfect as an aperitif. Enjoy this anytime a cocktail is called for. The grapefruit juice and basil are perfect complements.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Grapefruit Basil Martini
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Phil

Special Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Muddler

Ingredients

  • 2 – 3 large fresh basil leaves
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, or a good quality store bought juice
  • 2 ounces San Pellegrino Grapefruit Soda (Pompelmo)
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Fill a martini glass with ice some water. Set aside to chill.
  • Place the basil leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle the leaves.
  • Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, and soda.
  • Then add ice to the shaker and stir or swirl vigorously. (At this point, as mentioned above, you CAN shake this, but you run the risk of a bit of a mess.)
  • Empty the ice and water from the glass and strain the cocktail into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a basil leaf.
  • Cin Cin!

Notes

Gr8 notes:

Instead of mixing the cocktail you can certainly shake it in the cocktail shaker, my preference….. however, since a third of the drink is carbonated, doing it over the sink is recommended since some of the drink may leak out.
For Tequila lovers, this recipe is very compatible with that spirit as well.
Lastly, San Pellegrino makes several other flavored sodas which blend well in other cocktails.
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