Ruby red grapefruit juice, homemade grenadine and simple syrup plus a splash of Sprite create the tastiest Sparkling Grapefruit Mocktail.
Alex, my boyfriend, recently asked me why almost all of my drink recipes contain alcohol. Excellent question! It’s because I’m a huge lush and I need to stop watching Gilmore Girls and crying into a mojito. Right?
Nope. Though that sounds like a pretty sweet scenario.
Unlike today’s Sparkling Grapefruit Mocktail, the majority of my drinks are alcoholic for the same reason I only featured dessert/sweet recipes on my blog: they’re indulgent.
When I was first figuring out the whole blogging thing last summer, I started with the idea of doing both dinner dishes and desserts. A big mixing pot of everything I loved! Perfect!
Yeah . . . not so much. After reading some great articles on the subject, I learned the food blog market is so saturated that it’s integral to diversify yourself if you’re a new player to the game. I quickly switched my focus and went with desserts, specifically under $10. After all, desserts are my one true love and I know I wouldn’t get as jazzed up about photographing and writing if I didn’t go with what I felt the most passionate about.
Therefore, dessert blog = indulgent recipes = indulgent drinks = alcohol. Pretty simple.
But today, I wanted to mix it up a bit and throw in a mocktail. Partly to give readers options, and partly to make myself feel better when I eat/drink the fruits of my food blog labour at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
These Sparkling Grapefruit Mocktails are bitter and sweet at the same time, the flavour lifted with the Sprite bubbles, mellowed by the grenadine, and enhanced by the simple syrup. I’m not usually a grapefruit fan but with these, I’m a convert.
For a fun twist, press the rims of the champagne glasses into the simple syrup then roll into coloured sugar. BAM. Fancy.
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Total Cost = $1.84 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- ¼ cup coloured sugar (optional)
- 4 tsp. grenadine syrup*
- 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice, chilled
- ½ cup simple syrup*
- 1 can Sprite or 7-Up, chilled*
- To make the optional coloured sugar rims, mix 1 drop of food colouring (I used red) with ¼ cup sugar on a plate, mixing with your fingers until the colour is evenly distributed. Dip a fingertip in the simple syrup and line the rims of 4 champagne glasses, then flip upside down and press into the sugar.
- For each of the 4 glasses, add 1 tsp. grenadine, ½ cup ruby red grapefruit juice, 2 tbsp. simple syrup, and top up with Sprite. Serve.
* Simple syrup is made by boiling water then adding an equal amount of granulated sugar, removing from heat to stir through until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool, then use.
* To make this a cocktail rather than a mocktail, substitute the Sprite/7-Up with champagne or prosecco.
Adapted from Handmade Mood.
4 tsp. grenadine syrup = $0.25
2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice = $0.50
1/2 cup simple syrup = $0.09
1 can Sprite or 7-Up = $1.00