Recipe: Sparkling Grapefruit Rosemary Mocktail

updated May 1, 2019
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You know those leftover rosemary sprigs hanging out in the fridge? Small yet mighty, they are the ticket to a fast and fancy herbal sparkler with lots of bold, tart flavor. When you need a fizzy mocktail for a brunch or shower, reach for this alcohol-free grapefruit drink.

We’re more than happy to trade the cold winter weather for warm, sunny days, but there’s one thing we’re not giving up just yet: grapefruit! While peak season has passed, they’re still readily available and filled with sweet, tangy juice that gives this pink drink its tartness. You can get a head-start by squeezing the juice a day or two in advance. Or for a more convenient option, pick up a bottle of your favorite store-bought grapefruit juice.

The bittersweet edge of grapefruit juice balances the herbal twist of muddled rosemary without becoming overwhelmed by its flavor. The final splash of seltzer is what makes this drink complete. It softens the assertive flavors of the grapefruit and rosemary, and best of all adds a bubbly twist that makes this drink feel special. If you like strong herbal flavors in your mocktails, this one is for you.

How to Mix This Drink

For each drink, gently muddle about about 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Add ice and fill the glass about one-quarter of the way with pink grapefruit juice (squeeze your own or opt for your favorite store-bought version). Top the glass off with a pour of seltzer and stir together. To serve, garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

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