Grapefruit Collins Cocktail Drink

Grapefruit Collins

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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In the mood for a tangy cocktail? Look no further than this Grapefruit Collins recipe! It’s a delicious drink, brimming with fresh bits and super easy to put together.

Grapefruit Collins Recipe

This easy Grapefruit Collins recipe will refresh your senses! It's the perfect spring cocktail with Gin, grapefruit & lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

2 minutes

Servings:

1

Calories:

211 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gin
  • oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 oz club soda, to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball (Collins) Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer

Instructions

  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill well and set it aside.
  • Measure and pour ¾ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add ½ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add 1½ oz fresh grapefruit juice as well.
  • Finally, add 2 oz Gin to the mix.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside or replace the ice.
  • Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture from the shaker into the ice filled glass.
  • Top up with 3-4 oz club soda and stir gently to combine.
  • Finally, place a grapefruit slice or twist into the glass for garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great substitute that will still work well with the citrus flavors in this cocktail.
  • Grapefruit Juice: If fresh grapefruits aren't available, bottled grapefruit juice can be used instead, though I always prefer fresh when possible. You could also use a different citrus juice like orange for a different twist on the cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat. Try using a natural sweetener like stevia or agave nectar for a lower-calorie option.

Making a Pitcher of Grapefruit Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of grapefruit juice, 4 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with club soda, garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Gin, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, if you're making simple syrup, use vegan-friendly sugar (some sugars are processed using bone char).

Nutrition Facts

Calories
211
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
32
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
21
g
23
%
Potassium
 
100
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.3
g
1
%
Vitamin A
 
4
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
17
mg
21
%
Calcium
 
11
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Grapefruit Collins Cocktail Drink

Grapefruit Collins Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This easy Grapefruit Collins recipe will refresh your senses! It's the perfect spring cocktail with Gin, grapefruit & lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 211

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Gin
  • oz fresh grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • 3-4 oz club soda - to top up
  • Ice cubes
  • Grapefruit slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball (Collins) Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer

Instructions

  • Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Give it a quick stir to chill well and set it aside.
  • Measure and pour ¾ oz simple syrup into the shaker.
  • Add ½ oz fresh lemon juice.
  • Add 1½ oz fresh grapefruit juice as well.
  • Finally, add 2 oz Gin to the mix.
  • Fill the shaker with ice, close it and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside or replace the ice.
  • Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture from the shaker into the ice filled glass.
  • Top up with 3-4 oz club soda and stir gently to combine.
  • Finally, place a grapefruit slice or twist into the glass for garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Gin: If you're out of Gin, vodka is a great substitute that will still work well with the citrus flavors in this cocktail.
  • Grapefruit Juice: If fresh grapefruits aren't available, bottled grapefruit juice can be used instead, though I always prefer fresh when possible. You could also use a different citrus juice like orange for a different twist on the cocktail.
  • Simple Syrup: If you don't have simple syrup, you can make your own by dissolving equal parts sugar and water over heat. Try using a natural sweetener like stevia or agave nectar for a lower-calorie option.

Making a Pitcher of Grapefruit Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Gin, 8 oz of grapefruit juice, 4 oz of lemon juice, and 4 oz of simple syrup.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with club soda, garnish with a grapefruit slice or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Gin's botanicals.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Gin, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, if you're making simple syrup, use vegan-friendly sugar (some sugars are processed using bone char).

What is a Grapefruit Collins?

A Grapefruit Collins is a gin-based cocktail made of fresh grapefruit juice, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water. This refreshing drink isn’t complicated; it requires the right ingredients and some shaking. The Grapefruit Collins is an exciting twist on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, adding grapefruit juice for a tangy kick.

A side shot of a Grapefruit Collins cocktail in a highball glass on a multicolor tray surrounded by a jigger, a shaker, and a bowl with grapefruit wedges.

What is a Grapefruit Collins made of – The ingredients

To whip up a Grapefruit Collins, ensure you have these ingredients:

  • Grapefruit Juice: Provides the tart, citrusy base of the cocktail. Its acidity balances out the sweetness of other ingredients.
  • Gin: Adds a botanical, slightly bitter flavor that complements the grapefruit’s tartness. It’s the primary alcoholic component.
  • Simple Syrup: Sweetens the cocktail to counteract the sourness of the grapefruit juice and Gin’s bitterness.
  • Club Soda: Gives the cocktail its characteristic fizziness and dilutes the strong flavors, making it more refreshing.
  • Lemon Juice: Enhances the citrusy profile of the drink and adds an extra aroma.
  • Ice Cubes: Chills the cocktail, making drinking more refreshing and enjoyable.
  • Grapefruit Slice or twist (for garnish): Adds a visual appeal to the cocktail and it adds extra grapefruit flavor to the drink.

Gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, lemon and grapefruit laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Grapefruit Collins?

Our guide makes it easy to learn how to mix up a Grapefruit Collins:

1
<p>Start by chilling a highball glass using some ice.</p>

Start by chilling a highball glass using some ice.

2
<p>Pour one ounce of simple syrup into the shaker. The syrup will sweeten the drink and help to blend the flavors.</p>

Pour one ounce of simple syrup into the shaker. The syrup will sweeten the drink and help to blend the flavors.

3
<p>Follow with ½ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.</p>

Follow with ½ ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

4
<p>Pour 1½ ounces of freshly squeezed grapefruit into the shaker. The tartness of the grapefruit juice and the acidity of lemon juice will balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.</p>

Pour 1½ ounces of freshly squeezed grapefruit into the shaker. The tartness of the grapefruit juice and the acidity of lemon juice will balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

5
<p>Add two ounces of Gin to the shaker. The Gin will provide the alcoholic kick that makes a Collins a Collins.</p>

Add two ounces of Gin to the shaker. The Gin will provide the alcoholic kick that makes a Collins a Collins.

6
<p>Ice up the shaker.</p>

Ice up the shaker.

7
<p>Shake the cocktail vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will thoroughly mix the ingredients and ensure the drink is properly chilled.</p>

Shake the cocktail vigorously for about 15 seconds. This will thoroughly mix the ingredients and ensure the drink is properly chilled.

8
<p>Strain the mixture into your highball glass filled with fresh ice. This will remove any pulp or seeds from the grapefruit juice, leaving you with a smooth, refreshing drink.</p>

Strain the mixture into your highball glass filled with fresh ice. This will remove any pulp or seeds from the grapefruit juice, leaving you with a smooth, refreshing drink.

9
<p>Top off the glass with club soda. The club soda adds a bit of fizz to the drink, making it even more refreshing.</p>

Top off the glass with club soda. The club soda adds a bit of fizz to the drink, making it even more refreshing.

10
<p>Stir gently the mixture with a bar spoon in the highball glass. This will ensure that the drink is mixed properly but keeps the bubbles from the soda.</p>

Stir gently the mixture with a bar spoon in the highball glass. This will ensure that the drink is mixed properly but keeps the bubbles from the soda.

11
<p>Finally, garnish the drink by squeezing a grapefruit slice or twist over the highball glass. </p>

Finally, garnish the drink by squeezing a grapefruit slice or twist over the highball glass.

12
<p>Then, add the grapefruit slice or twist into the drink. This adds a touch of elegance and a pop of color to your Grapefruit Collins.</p>

Then, add the grapefruit slice or twist into the drink. This adds a touch of elegance and a pop of color to your Grapefruit Collins.

History and Origin of the Grapefruit Collins

The Grapefruit Collins cocktail has a fascinating story. It comes from the classic Tom Collins cocktail, first made in the middle of the 19th century.

Jerry Thomas’s 1876 book “The Bartender’s Guide” first shared the original Tom Collins recipe. This drink mixes Gin, lemon juice, sugar, and fizzy water. It quickly became a favorite in America and Europe, appearing in bars and homes everywhere.

As years went by, bartenders started playing around with this classic recipe. They changed ingredients to make new versions that suited different tastes. The Grapefruit Collins is one of these variations.

A Grapefruit Collins cocktail, shot from above, in highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda

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FAQ

How many calories does a Grapefruit Collins contain?
A standard serving of Grapefruit Collins contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Grapefruit Collins cocktail?
The strength of a Grapefruit Collins cocktail typically ranges from 15-20% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to about 30-40 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail compared to others.
What type of alcohol is used in a Grapefruit Collins?
Gin is the primary alcohol used in Grapefruit Collins. The botanicals in Gin complement the tartness of the grapefruit juice, creating a refreshing and balanced flavor profile.
In what kind of glass should you serve a Grapefruit Collins?
Traditionally, you serve a Grapefruit Collins in a highball or collins glass. These tall glasses allow plenty of ice and mixers, enhancing the drinking experience.
What does a Grapefruit Collins taste like?
A Grapefruit Collins offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors. The tartness of the grapefruit juice and the acidity of lemon pair beautifully with the sweetness from the simple syrup, while the Gin adds depth and complexity.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Grapefruit Collins?
The typical ratio for a Grapefruit Collins is 2 oz Gin, 1 ½ oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice , ½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice, and ¾ oz Simple Syrup. This is then topped off with soda water to taste.
How do you serve a Grapefruit Collins?
You serve a Grapefruit Collins over ice, known as "on the rocks." This method helps to keep the drink chilled without diluting it too quickly.

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