Spiced Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

closeup of a spiced grapefruit gin and tonic in a clear glass with a gold design.

The gin and tonic gets holiday upgrade with grapefruit and spiced simple syrup in this Spiced Grapefruit Gin and Tonic.



Spiced Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 4 whole allspice pods
  • 5 pink peppercorns

For Cocktails:

  • Ice
  • 1 Winter Sweetz grapefruit, segmented
  • 8 oz (1 cup) gin
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) spiced simple syrup
  • 8-12 oz tonic water
  • Grapefruit peel, for garnish


  1. To make spiced simple syrup, place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring. Simmer about 5 minutes and remove from heat. Let syrup cool completely in the pan before straining into a jar or measuring cup. This will make enough for plenty of drinks!
  2. Muddle grapefruit segments in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Make sure to remove any piths to avoid bitterness.
  3. Add ice, gin and cooled simple syrup. Shake vigorously.
  4. Fill 4 glasses with ice. Strain gin mixture into glasses and top each with tonic. Garnish with grapefruit peel and rosemary (optional).

Keywords: grapefruit cocktail, spiced cocktail