Introduce some old Hollywood glamour into your nightlife with a grapefruit vanilla gin sour. Smooth vanilla paste, ruby red grapefruit juice and a pinch of lime will turn this happy hour cocktail into a full on Shangri-La.

This drink might sound super fancy, but it couldn’t be easier to make. Grab that gin from under the kitchen sink (we kid) then add it to an ice-filled cocktail shaker with the remaining liquid ingredients. Toss in the powdered sugar then give the components a good shake, rattle and roll.

It’s all about the finishing touches—strain the cocktail into a chilled glass then garnish with a small wedge of grapefruit or lime. If you’re really out for a show, add a vanilla bean for extra flair!

Two glasses of a refreshing grapefruit vanilla gin sour

Grapefruit Vanilla Gin Sour Recipe

Vanilla, gin and ruby red grapefruit are an unbelievably yummy combination! Next time you host happy hour, serve friends a grapefruit vanilla gin sour!


Yield: 2 cocktails
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  • 4 oz gin
  • 8 oz grapefruit juice, ruby red
  • 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla paste
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, muddled (plus extra for garnish)
  • juice of 1 lime, plus extra for garnish
  • slice or wedge grapefruit, for garnish


  • Rinse your cocktail glass then place it in a freezer to achieve a frost.
  • Meanwhile, combine liquid ingredients, muddled rosemary and powdered sugar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Give your cocktail tin a good shake, remove chilled glass from the freezer then strain ingredients into the glass.
  • Garnish with a fresh wedge of grapefruit, lime, rosemary or all 3! You can even include a vanilla bean for extra flair!


If you really want the flavor of the vanilla to be subtle, just reduce the amount to 1 tsp. You can always add more!
Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0.3g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 261mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 27g
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Grapefruit vanilla gin sour recipe