How to make a Grapefruit Martini, cheers to refreshing and sippable

Grapefruit Martini recipe brings a refreshing cocktail to the table

Grapefruit Martini is a refreshing drink. It brings nutrish and delish to Cheers!

Are you a one-cocktail kind of person? No matter where or when, you order “the usual.”

Or are you more like me, a seasonal sipper?

My go-to winter drink is an Old Fashioned muddled with orange and maraschino cherries with Knob Creek or Maker’s Mark bourbon. Or a SideCar made with a VSOP brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice.

But those drinks are so last month.

Grapefruit Martini

Summer brings a grapefruit martini. Well, maybe a gin tonic. Especially after a round of golf.

Grapefruit martini and a sunset are a perfect combo!

How to make a Grapefruit Martini

Put your martini glass in the freezer to chill.

Fill martini shaker with liquid ingredients. Add ice so shaker is half filled with cubes.

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (a high-end orange liqueur), you could sub Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

The art of the martini shake

The cocktail shaker is an important component of a martini. Ice, and the resulting melt of it, contribute to the drink. The purpose of ice is more than to chill, it’s dilution smooths the flavor. I’ve tried several cocktail shakers and I keep reaching for this stainless steel with a cap. It is less likely to leak and drip than some and it’s dishwasher safe.

Here’s my preferred GT.

Judy’s Gin Tonic

  • Beefeater’s Gin
  • Tonic
  • Lemon slice

Happy Hour Benefits

A grapefruit martini delivers a sweet-tart citrus zing. The freshly squeezed juices makes my tastebuds sing. That alone fuels my happy factor. Even more, the vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and beta-carotene make the benefits of this cocktail last beyond happy hour.


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Best way to squeeze fruit

So grab your fruit and get to squeezing. Currently, for limes and lemons, I’m using this hand-held juicer is by OXO, but I think the bowl is a little small, so I want to try this Bellemain. I can make it work for grapefruit if I quarter them, but if I’m squeezing several, I use the juicer attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer. Then I freeze the juice for later. That makes easy cocktail sippin’!

Cook’s tip:  When buying fruit, choose those that feel heavier than the others. That means more juice for your drinks.

pouring the last drops of a grapefruit martini

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Frosty glass with grapefruit martini on an outside table

Grapefruit martini

Time to relax. Grab your friend, watch the summer sunset and chill.

Or chill with sangria.

And here’re a few quick appetizers: Parmesan Pepper CrispsRicotta Pea Crostini, Coconut Seed Clusters, Fromage Fort (a cheese spread)

Fromage fort on bread slices on a tray

Fromage Fort

Parmesan Pepper Crisps on a board

Parmesan Pepper Crisps

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Grapefruit Martini

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I like my drinks cold. They should have ice chards when poured. So, when you think you’ve shaken enough, shake a little longer – about 30 seconds. Oh, a frosty martini glass is my favorite way to sip. Store it in the freezer or fridge for 30 minutes or so.

This recipe makes 2 drinks because they are best shared with your BFF!

  • Author: Judy Barbe
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (a higher-end orange liqueur). You could substitute Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Ice


Combine liquid ingredients in cocktail shaker. Fill at least half full with ice cubes. Wrap martini shaker in a towel and shake for a full 30 seconds.


You can substitute gin or tequila for the vodka.

Grapefruit Martini recipe | My favorite summer happy hour cocktail. Grapefruit Martini brings nutrish and delish to Cheers! Chill ;-)

Martinis not your thing, try something else.

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