Grapefruit Infused Vodka

Be very careful not to get any of the inner white pith in your peels—the zest has a touch of bitterness on its own.


  • 2 large grapefruits, preferably ruby red
  • 3 cups vodka


  • Using a vegetable peeler, peel away the outer zest being careful to not get any of the white pith (see the step-by-step process in the tangerine post). Collect about 3–4 tablespoons worth.
  • Combine zest and vodka in a jar and shake well.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 3–5 days, shaking daily. After 3 days give it a taste (you want it to be very aromatic and slightly sweet).
  • Pour through a coffee filter and store in a cool, dark place.

Tip: If you want some added sweetness, remove the outer peel from one of the grapefruits, dice up the flesh, and add that to the jar as well.


  • On the rocks or neat
  • In a kamikaze, lemon drop, cape codder, or cosmopolitan
  • With soda water, tonic, ginger ale, Coke, Sprite, or Red Bull
  • With orange, cranberry, or apple juice

Grapefruit liqueur

  • 2 cups grapefruit infused vodka
  • 1 cup simple syrup

Combine all ingredients, mix well, and allow to rest at least 10 minutes before using. Store in a cool, dark place.

Pink punch

  • 1.5 oz grapefruit infused vodka
  • .5 oz orange infused vodka
  • .5 oz pomegranate syrup
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • cherry juice

Shake first four ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Add a splash of cherry juice and garnish with a lime wedge.


About Dazed & Infused

Failed science major turned to creative writing which led to a job as a bartender hack turned mixologist turned book editor turned writer who then went on to the world of International Corporate Communications. This is a bit getting back to his roots--that would be booze & science & rambling.
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