Grapefruit Rosemary Sparkler

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grapefruit rosemary sparkler | wit & delight

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” – Lewis Carroll

Winter is terribly long here in Minneapolis, and somehow citrus helps make the months a bit more bearable. These grapefruit rosemary sparklers are the perfect antidote to the piles of snow we received this week: tart, crisp, cold, and refreshing.

grapefruit rosemary sparkler |wit & delight

grapefruit rosemary sparkler | wit & delight

grapefruit rosemary sparkler | wit & delight

grapefruit rosemary sparkler | with & delight

Grapefruit Rosemary Sparkler
You can use anywhere from 2-3 cups sugar in the simple syrup, depending on how sweet you want the syrup. I used 2 1/2 cups, and thought it was a good balance. You can omit the rosemary if desired.

4 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (6-7 grapefruits)
2 – 3 cups sugar (see note)
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 rosemary sprigs, plus more for serving
Prosecco or club soda

For the grapefruit simple syrup:
In a medium saucepan, gently mix together the grapefruit juice, sugar, and salt. Over medium-high heat, bring the grapefruit juice to a boil, and then let simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups. Strain the grapefruit syrup to remove any pulp. Add the lemon juice and vanilla, and stir until combined. Add the 2 rosemary sprigs to the syrup. Let cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until chilled. Remove the rosemary sprigs before serving.

To make the sparkler:
Pour the grapefruit syrup into glasses – 1/4 to 1/3 full (depending on taste preference). Fill the cup with prosecco or club soda, and top with ice. Serve with a fresh sprig of rosemary.

grapefruit rosemary sparkler | wit & delight

grapefruit rosemary sparkler | wit & delight



BY Sarah Kieffer - March 5, 2015

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March 5, 2015 10:04 am

this looks perfect. i love rosemary in mixed drinks.

March 5, 2015 9:26 pm

That looks really refreshing! Will have to try it as my new summertime drink!

March 7, 2015 8:36 pm

That is a lovely quote and a lovely drink!

March 10, 2015 8:50 am

This is definitely getting added to my spring/summer must make drink list! Thanks for sharing and hope it warms up for you all up there!

March 11, 2015 10:14 am

I love the combination of citrus and rosemary. I have this urge however to add gin. Anyone else? And yes, citrus has been the only thing getting me through this winter…it has been especially brutal!

March 21, 2015 1:29 pm

I love simple cocktails. This is such a pretty, spring, mix and I can’t wait to try it. The pictures are so lovely too, the lighting is perfect. Anything with rosemary is right up my ally!

March 24, 2015 8:34 am

Wow this looks like such a great, refreshing summer drink! Great post, I will definitely try this at one of my dinner parties as a pre-dinner drink!

March 30, 2015 2:10 pm

Grapefruit is an amazing fruit!

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Looks very delicious and most of all – healthy!

October 27, 2015 2:51 am

Great recipe! 🙂 Looks tasty 🙂

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