Thursday, August 9, 2012

shaken or stirred: grapefruit basil fizz

I was never a big fan of grapefruit juice until a friend insisted I try her greyhound, a cocktail of grapefruit juice and vodka. Grapefruits seem to be one of those divisive love it or hate it fruits, but even if you are in the anti- crowd, this twist on the greyhound might change your mind. This drink was served at an amazing party at my best friend KC's house, and I was hooked. There is something really refreshing and light about a citrus-based cocktail, and the basil keeps it from getting too sweet. It's the perfect drink for a summer evening, or a sunny afternoon on the deck.

I served this drink at a get together we had on Wednesday night with friends, and it was a huge hit! And it is so easy to make, you don't have to spend all your time mixing complicated drinks.

Grapefruit Basil Fizz

2 oz good vodka
8 oz fresh grapefruit juice
A splash Sprite or 7-Up
A couple sprigs basil

Mix the vodka and grapefruit juice in a glass, and top off with a splash of sprite. Muddle some basil leaves either with your hands or with a mortar and pestle (if you are fancy like that), and add to the glass. You can serve over ice, or put in a shaker. Add a sprig of basil for garnish, and enjoy!


  1. Well done!! Looks gorg!! And I love that dress!

  2. Thank you lady! You were the inspiration ~ it's my go to drink now. I miss you!