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Treats | To Gin or not to Gin: Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Tonic

Behold, the mighty Gin tonic! The Gin tonic is one of my favourite drinks at the moment, closely followed by the Margarita. Because it’s not overly sweet (well it’s bitter), you can usually drink more than one glass. And, which is not so unimportant, it’s rather low in calories. If such facts are important to you when enjoying a cocktail haha! Since I have enjoyed my fair share of Gin tonics so far, I thought it was time to toy with it a little bit. And there are so many possibilities out there to modify this classic drink. You could infuse the gin with various herbs and spices, you could add those right to the drink, or vary by the tonic water labels.

Or, you could add all sorts of syrups of different flavour! Which is what I did here. Actually I did two things: I infused the gin with herbs and added a fruity simple syrup. Which results in a refreshing version of the classic drink, with just a hint of fruitiness. Speaking of fruitiness, I think you could even transform my Minty Ginger & Tonic Lemonade into a Gin tonic variation…

The Recipe

You need (for 2 servings):

  • 2 tots rosemary infused gin
  • 50 ml grapefruit simple syrup
  • 500 ml tonic water
  • Ice cubes

To serve:

  • Slice of grapefruit peel
  • Rosemary sprig

Rosemary infused gin:

  • 1 tsp. dried or fresh rosemary
  • About 100 ml gin
  • Small vessel

Add the fresh or dried rosemary to a small vessel with a lid. Then, pour in the gin until the rosemary is covered and close the vessel with a lid. Let the rosemary infuse the gin for at least two days.

Grapefruit Simple Syrup (for 450 ml):

  • 3 grapefruits
  • Sugar

Start by pressing the juice out of your grapefruits, which should yield about 450 ml of juice. Now, depending on how much juice you get, add the same amount of sugar (ratio 1:1). In a next step, bring the juice and sugar mixture to a boil and let it cook for at least 10 minutes. The let the syrup cool a bit and fill it into bottles. Store in the fridge.

The Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Tonic:

First, get two tumblers and fill them each with 3 ice cubes. Then add a tot of rosemary infused gin to each glass. Next pour in about 25 ml of the grapefruit simple syrup and stir with a bar spoon. Now it’s time for tonic! Pour in the tonic water and see how beautifully the colour dissolves. In the end, decorate the gin with a slice of grapefruit peel and a rosemary sprig. Enjoy!

Wow! I have honestly not thought that this combination would be so refreshing and delicious. Since this is my first time experimenting with cocktails, I am a bit proud. And I’m motivated to keep experimenting! I have already made a mental list of cocktails I want to try and have fun with. Maybe a cool Margarita? There are so many recipes out there!

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily Kurek
    16th May 2018 at 9:59 pm

    This looks so yummy! I was wondering what to do with our grapefruit other than just peeling and eating! This is exactly what I was looking for!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      17th May 2018 at 11:42 am

      That’s so nice of you! You can actually do this with any kind of citrus fruit!

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    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    17th May 2018 at 12:23 am

    Love the presentation! This has all of my favorite things, I’ll have to try it!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      17th May 2018 at 11:43 am

      Thank you, you’re too kind 🙂

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    Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    17th May 2018 at 5:08 am

    I love gin & tonics, too, and rosemary and grapefruit are two of my favorite flavors! How fun these cocktails are! Can’t wait to toast with them!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      17th May 2018 at 11:43 am

      So glad you like this!

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    Cat
    18th May 2018 at 12:41 am

    MMmmm this is like happy hour #goals right here! Would love to make this refreshing drink for an afternoon hangout this summer!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      18th May 2018 at 8:42 am

      Glad you like the recipe ☺️

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    Nicole
    18th May 2018 at 4:19 am

    I love rosemary and grapefruit!!! I don’t know about the gin because I’m more of a Vodka person. This looks good still.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      18th May 2018 at 8:42 am

      I bet it would taste good with vodka as well, have a try!

  • Reply
    Renate
    18th May 2018 at 10:53 am

    This looks and sounds soooooooo good! I love me some gin tonic!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      18th May 2018 at 12:26 pm

      So glad you like this ☺️☺️

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    jade bevan
    21st May 2018 at 5:43 pm

    omg this is amazing i loved this post !

    jadieegosh

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    Whitney
    21st May 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I love this recipe! I never thought of making my own grapefruit or any fruit simple syrup! I didn’t know it was this simple! Can’t wait to try!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      22nd May 2018 at 8:43 am

      So glad you like it, I will definitely try an make some more simple syrup myself!

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    Jena Leigh
    22nd May 2018 at 2:30 am

    Its been long while since I have had Gin and Tonic. Im going to try this hopefully this 3 day weekend

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      22nd May 2018 at 8:44 am

      This is so great, you won’t regret it!

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