Grapefruit, Applefruit, Orangefruit – A Mocktail Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love the flavor and scent of grapefruit. Well, really, I love the flavor and scent of almost all fruits…. but grapefruit especially lifts my spirits and makes me happy. I think it’s so lovely, bright and delicious.

But, I can’t handle how sour fresh grapefruit is. I’ve all but given up eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice, but I jump at the chance to eat or drink anything grapefruit flavored and even love using grapefruit scented body wash or grapefruit essential oils. If you’ve never tried them, I definitely recommend trying grapefruit flavored Hi-Chew. Yum.

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By the way, have you ever heard Aziz Ansari talk about his encounter with 50 Cent and grapefruit soda? It has me in stitches every time (warning: there’s strong language)! Click here to see it.

I digress.

I was browsing Pinterest a few months ago and saw a grapefruit cocktail that I had never heard of, which isn’t saying much. I chose to drink a Shirley Temple on my 21st birthday because it’s what I wanted. Anyway, this cocktail is called a Paloma, and it looked delicious. After doing some more research, I discovered there are other cocktails called Greyhounds and Salty Dogs that also star grapefruit juice.

Since I don’t drink much I decided to come up with a mocktail. I’m sure if you wanted this to be boozy, you could add vodka, gin, tequila or bourbon and it would be just as tasty.

I sent my husband to the store with grapefruit juice on the list (I hate going grocery shopping, and he’s kind enough to go for me), and eagerly awaited my experiment.

Oh man. This is my new favorite thing. Here’s how I made it.

This is all you need:

Agave nectar, unsweetened grapefruit juice and the seltzer water or sparkling water of your choice. I just happened to have cranberry lime on hand, but I can imagine grapefruit (or Pamplemousse if you fancy) would work really well!

Add about 1 Tbsp. agave nectar to a glass. Adjust based on your taste. Highball glasses would probably work really well for this, but I don’t have any. Work with what you’ve got.

Add grapefruit juice to fill the glass about half way.

Top the glass off with sparkling water. Leave room for ice if you like. That’s it.

Optionally add just a pinch of salt and/or some lime juice. Stir. Finish with ice. I add the ice in last because the agave becomes more difficult to mix in with the ice.

Enjoy your lovely, refreshing beverage! I’m going to go make another one.

Grapefruit Mocktail

1 Tbsp. agave nectar
6 oz unsweetened grapefruit juice
6 oz sparkling water or seltzer water

Add nectar, juice and water to a 14 or 16 oz glass. Stir. Add ice.

Published by Noelle

Noelle lives in Denver, CO with her husband Tim and their tuxedo cat Betty. She's worked in customer service for 20 years and is an expert manager. She's sarcastic and has a dry sense of humor. She loves cooking, all things geeky, self-improvement, charity work, learning about God, and creating community.

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