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Grapefruit Lime Drink with Rosemary Simple Syrup

This grapefruit lime drink with rosemary simple syrup is the perfect refreshing summer beverage or a base for a Paloma-like cocktail! This grapefruit spritzer is full of fresh fruit and citrus juice mixed with sparkling water and a rosemary-infused simple syrup! 

grapefruit and lime beverage in a clear glass drink with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a wedge of grapefruit. additional lime and grapefruit is in the background.

Why You’ll Love Grapefruit Lime Drink with Rosemary Simple Syrup

The summer heat is no match for this grapefruit lime spritzer! Not only is it bursting with fruity citrus flavor, but it’s cut with homemade sweet simple syrup that’s infused with the woodsy and lemony notes of fresh rosemary sprigs. 

Pour it over ice, mix it with sparkling water, and you’ve got a deliciously refreshing beverage! You could also add your favorite alcohol (or white wine!) of choice to make it a grapefruit lime cocktail. Use some leftover rosemary sprigs to make some infused gin, and then create a grapefruit rosemary gin drink that’ll knock your socks off! 

Plus, there are endless ways you could use your homemade rosemary simple syrup so nothing goes to waste!

Key Ingredients for Grapefruit Lime Juice and Rosemary Simple Syrup

grapefruit, ice, sparkling water, lime, sugar, water, and rosemary laid out on a white marble surface.

This recipe is full of fresh, mouth-watering fruit, citrus, and homemade simple syrup! All you’ll need is a handful of ingredients to pull together a refreshing beverage!

  • Fresh rosemary
  • Granulated sugar: white
  • Water: cold
  • Grapefruit: ripe
  • Limes: ripe
  • Sparkling water: or club soda
  • ice cubes

How to Make a Fresh Grapefruit Lime Drink

Step 1: Make Rosemary Simple Syrup

In a small saucepan, combine water with sugar and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Allow the sugar to dissolve and then remove it from the heat source. Add 2 sprigs of rosemary and let it sit for about 5 minutes to allow the rosemary to infuse into the water. Allow the simple syrup to cool and then remove the rosemary sprigs. 

a sauce pan of rosemary sprigs infusing in simple syrup.

Step 2: Squeeze Juice

Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit and limes into a mixing bowl. 

a pot of grapefruit and lime juice.

Step 3: Combine Juice and Rosemary Simple Syrup

Fill two glasses with ice cubes about halfway, and then pour the grapefruit juice mixture over the ice and add some of the simple syrup to taste.

overhead shot of two glasses half filled with ice and overhead shot of two glasses of grapefruit and lime juice.

Step 4: Add Sparkling Water

Pour the sparkling water into each glass, filling them to the top. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Two glasses of grapefruit rosemary spritzers with rosemary and grapefruit for garnish.

FAQ

If I add tequila, is this a Paloma?

It’s pretty close to a Paloma, but not exactly! A Paloma is grapefruit soda with some tequila, whereas this beverage has a few more juicy flavors to make it a more robust beverage. So it’s not quite a Paloma, but you’re welcome to add some tequila to it!

What is the shelf life of rosemary simple syrup?

You can keep your homemade simple syrup for about 2 weeks in an airtight container, refrigerated. 

Why did my simple syrup crystallize?

You may have had too much sugar in your water and sugar mixture so the sugar didn’t have the space to dissolve.

Other Uses for Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • Add a dash of your homemade simple syrup to some freshly made lemonade!
  • Iced tea would be elevated by the woodsy flavors of rosemary.
  • Pop some in a mojito for more of a powerful flavor combination.
  • Make a sponge cake and gently brush some simple syrup over it to add moisture and flavor.
  • Mix your syrup into a sorbet for a cool dessert.
  • Use it in a chicken marinade!
  • Add a dash to a smoothie for added sweetness.
  • Rosemary would be an incredible addition to an iced matcha!
Close up overhead shot of a glass of grapefruit lime drink with rosemary simple syrup. there's a lime to the side, rosemary sprigs garnishing the drink, and a wedge of grapefruit

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grapefruit lime drink with rosemary simple syrup in a glass cup with a sprig of rosemary and slice of grapefruit for garnish

Grapefruit Lime Drink with Rosemary Simple Syrup

This grapefruit lime drink with rosemary simple syrup is the perfect refreshing summer beverage, or a base for a Paloma-like cocktail!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings2 drinks
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Ingredients

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup granulate sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 limes
  • 1 1/2 cups sparkling water
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  • Begin by preparing the rosemary-infused syrup. In a small saucepan, combine ¼ cup of water and sugar. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat to let the sugar dissolve. Remove from the heat, add 2 sprigs of rosemary, and let it sit for about 5 minutes, allowing the rosemary to infuse its flavors into the water. Let it cool and remove the rosemary sprigs.
    a pot of grapefruit and lime juice.
  • Squeeze the juice from each fruit in a mixing bowl.
  • Fill two glasses with ice cubes, filling them about halfway, and pour the grapefruit mixture over the ice, with the rosemary simple syrup to taste.
    overhead shot of two glass cups filled with the grapefruit drink.
  • Finally, pour the sparkling water into each glass, filling them to the top. Serve immediately.
    rosemary and grapefruit juice drink in a glass with rosemary leaves in the glass.

Notes

You could also add your favorite alcohol (or white wine!) of choice to make it a grapefruit lime cocktail.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 1508IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
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