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30+ Grapefruit Juice Cocktails


With a tart citrus flavor and a gorgeous color, Grapefruit Juice Cocktails are full of flavor and delicious to sip any time of year. Whether you grab vodka, gin, tequila or whiskey, these easy drinks with grapefruit are always the right choice.

3 grapefruit cocktails on a white tablecloth.
Let’s make some grapefruit juice cocktails!

Why you’ll love cocktails with grapefruit juice

Grapefruit cocktails are tangy and refreshing. Whether they’re made with fresh grapefruit juice or store-bought, they are always delicious.

I fell in love with grapefruit juice as a cocktail mixer sort of by accident. One day, my neighbor grabbed some fresh grapefruits and threw together an easy vodka cocktail for us to sip. For our second round, we tried one with rum.

Grapefruit juice is so versatile. Whether it’s the dominant flavor of the drink or a supporting player, these cocktails should not be ignored!

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Grapefruit juice pairs well with all sorts of liquors (rum, gin, vodka, tequila, whiskey – all delish!) and make great mocktails too.

Grapefruits are rich in Vitamin C and have antioxidant properties that make them good for your health.

But it’s the fresh taste that really makes it stand out when mixing drinks. While many cocktails use fresh lime juice to add a citrus boost, grapefruit is a little more bitter but adds a zing that can’t be replicated by anything else.

No matter what type of grapefruit juice you use, you’ll end up with a super tasty cocktail.

What Type of Grapefruit Juice to Use

A jug of grapefruit juice from Trader Joe's on a table with white tablecloth with a few glasses of cocktails next to  it.

Using fresh fruit is ideal but you can also swap out store-bought juice if need be without too much flavor differentiation.

I prefer to use juices found in the refrigerated section rather than the juice aisle. A fresh-pressed juice will have the most flavor but can be pricey.

There are a few flavor differences between pink grapefruit and regular grapefruit. Pink grapefruit tends to be a little sweeter than regular grapefruit and slightly less tart. Plus you’ll get a really pretty blush-colored cocktail.

The flavor differences are due to the fact that pink grapefruit is a hybrid of regular grapefruit and another citrus fruit called pummelo.

I really enjoyed the grapefruit juice from Trader Joe’s but I’m not sure they make it anymore.

The Best Grapefruit Cocktails

Embrace the tart flavor and try out one of these tasty drinks ASAP!

Grapefruit Cocktails with Rum

A close up of a glass with a cocktail juice cocktail made with rum with a mini bottle of rum on the table next to it.

Whether you use white, dark or spiced rum, these drinks with grapefruit juice will tempt your tastebuds.

Grapefruit Cocktails with Tequila

A cocktail glass with grapefruit cocktail next to a bottle of tequila.

Whether you use Blanco (aka silver or white tequila) or reposado, tequila pairs delightfully well with grapefruit. Cazadores is a good brand to use!

Grapefruit Cocktails with Vodka

A small bottle of vodka with a glass behind it holding a grapefruit juice cocktail.

If you prefer vodka recipes, there are several drinks for you to try. 

Grapefruit Cocktails with Bourbon or Whiskey

Overhead shot of cocktails on a table made with grapefruit juice.

Grapefruit Juice Cocktails with Gin

Grapefruit Juice Cocktails with Wine

Other Grapefruit Juice Cocktails to Check Out

  • This Grapefruit Lillet Cocktail would be perfect for brunch or a girl’s night in.
  • This Purple Passion recipe is full of grape flavor. Plus Kool-Aid!
  • Perfect for brunch, holidays or any time, this Prosecco cocktail uses Grapefruit Liqueuer instead of juice.
  • Or you can make a Grapefruit Italian Soda (it’s non-alcoholic) and add whatever liquor you want to it. It would make a great base cocktail!
Cocktails on a table with text around each with what type of liquor the cocktail has in it and a title that says "grapefruit juice".

Don’t they just look pretty?! I don’t get too caught up in the cocktail glass, a simple tall or short glass will work for most of these. 

Cocktail aficionados might tell you otherwise but I have neither the storage nor money to completely outfit a bar. After your first drink, you won’t care anyway if you have the “right” glassware. So drink up.

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  1. i do not like grapefruit juice but you have convinced me to try it as a cocktail mixer!

  2. I’m a huge fan of Palomas, but will have to try the other two you’ve made. Is it happy hour yet?

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