Grapefruit Thyme + Blood Orange Cocktail with Indian River Select Brand Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit Thyme + Blood Orange Cocktail with Indian River Select Brand Grapefruit Juice
I’m already loving the warm weather here in sunny San Diego, yet I can’t wait to visit Florida this July. Yep, that’s right – Florida in July! I love hot, muggy Southern summers and especially enjoy the thunderstorms that roll in every afternoon. As a Native San Diegan, 72 degrees actually gets a little boring. In Florida, we typically sit outside on the lanai and enjoy refreshing Florida citrus cocktails.

You’ll need to pick up a bottle of Ruby Red Grapefruit juice for this recipe as it lends it’s delicious flavor and beautiful pinkish-orange color! Here’s the recipe to make your own:

You’ll Need:

  • 1 bottle of  Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1.2 cup water
  • 1 blood orange
  • some sprigs of fresh thyme (2 for the simple syrup & some for decoration)
  • gin ( I used Re:Find Neutral Brandy refined from grapes
  • soda water
  • ice


How to Make it the Simple Syrup:

In a small glass bowl, add 1/2 cup of sugar.

Zest 1 blood orange and add it to the bowl of sugar.

Take two large sprigs of thyme and gently run your hand down the sprig to remove all the leaves into the sugar bowl.

In a small sauce pan, add 1/2 cup of water and heat. As the water starts to gently roll, add the sugar mixture. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved into the solution. Continue to cook on low for another 3 minutes.

Pour mixture into a heat safe container and let cool.

When the simple syrup mixture has cooled, take a strainer and carefully strain mixture into a clean glass container. Chill syrup until you’re ready to mix your cocktail.


Cocktail Time! 

Pour grapefruit juice halfway into your glass with ice.

Add 1 shot of gin and 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup depending on how sweet you want the cocktail to be. Top off with a little soda water and give the drink a stir.

Slice the previously zested blood orange into thin slices and add to your drink with some sprigs of thyme.

Enjoy! Refreshing and delicious! Pairs well with marcona almonds and soft cheeses. Now all you need is a lawn chair!






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