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!

Grapefruit vanilla gin sour recipe

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