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Grapefruit Soda... or Cocktail?

Grapefruit Soda

Grapefruit was a "new food" discovery for me this year. It's truly a shame I've gone twenty-three years of my life without enjoying the tartness of a ripe grapefruit, but at least this matter has been remedied. Now I can't leave the grocery store without a few of these in tow. I can often be spotted in the kitchen with a small spoon in hand, digging into a grapefruit, and spraying juice on everything in a two foot vicinity.

No one warned me I'd need to shower after breakfast.

Grapefruit Soda

Invariably, when you eat enough grapefruits, the wheels begin spinning on what you can create with them (or maybe that's just me). When the idea to make grapefruit soda popped into my head, I actually thought it was an original idea. A true inspiration sent down from the grapefruit gods. After excitedly going on about it to my boyfriend, he casually pointed out that grapefruit soda has existed since the dawn of soda's time.

Apparently I'm not as well versed in soda as I thought.

Grapefruit Soda

Despite this disheartening news, I set out to make my own version of grapefruit soda regardless. Using the juice from a couple grapefruits and a lemon, I combined it with lemon-lime soda to add fizz and balance out the tartness of the citrus. Oh, is it dreamy. After a long day at work, I added a shot of vodka to the mix and it turned the simple grapefruit soda into a fun cocktail.

It's light, just tart, and lip-smackingly refreshing.

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This grapefruit soda is simple to make, but produces a result that outshines anything from a can. The grapefruit flavor is lovely and pronounced, with the lemon to add just the right zing. It can be kept as a soda to share with children during sunny afternoons or made into a brilliant cocktail to enjoy as the sun begins to set. Garnish with lemon slices and ice for a drink that tastes of a cool breeze.

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Grapefruit Soda/Cocktail

Yields 4 servings

2 pink grapefruit, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
Pinch of salt
Vodka (optional)
Lemon-lime soda
Ice (optional)

In a pitcher, combine the grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and salt. Run the juice through a strainer to remove any pulp.

Fill glasses with ice, then half full with grapefruit juice, top off with a shot of vodka (if desired), and fill the rest of the way to the top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon slices. Absolutely refreshing!

Reader Comments (14)

This looks incredibly refreshing! And I'm in love your turquoise backdrop.
Yum! I think I need to go get some grapefruit now!
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLouisa
I am mesmirized by the color of this soda. It's so pink and perfect for spring!
Gorgeous colors. Looks and sounds very refreshing.
04.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFresh and Foodie
Great pics...just makes me want to go out and get some grapefruits! This drink looks so refreshing!
I love grapefruit drinks! I make a yummy "pink gin". It is equal parts pink grapefruit juice and lemonade (by which I mean 7-up) with a shot of a good gin and a big squeeze of lime. Your soda should delicious though.
Yummy! Love grapefruit! This looks so delightful and pretty!
04.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna
So fresh and perfect for this weather! I love grapefruits.
04.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWhileHeWasOut
oooh I love Grapefruit Soda! Will definitely try this when it warms up here! I've never tried it with vodka, but I love Grapefruit soda and Tequila :)
04.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Yum. Beverage looks scrumptious! Looking forward to trying this for our next backyard barbeque! Also a grapefruit lover, I like to roast them for a special depth of flavor. Kind of carmel like and when "liquored" up with vodka and sweetened with a raw sugar simple syrup - just delicious!
love the colors, the torquise backdrop...beautiful. Also love grapefruits and all you can do with them. Will be trying this soon.
A wonderful grapefruit treat i found is to scoop out the fruit, the juice, add a little sugar, if desired and place fresh rosemary stems in
the bowl to soak overnight. This is heavenly and so refreshing. looking forward to the grapfruit soda.:~)
Linda Keffer
04.23.2012 | Unregistered Commenterlinda Keffer
Yours look so good, i try but mine have a diferent color, probably the grapefruits are different:)
Thanks for sharing your recipe! It's perfect to drink for summer get away!
I don't particularly enjoy grapefruit but this drink makes me want to like it! Absolutely lovely photos.

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