Grapefruit Cosmo

Makes 1 cocktail


Grapefruit Vodka* (make 1-2 weeks before use)

  • 1 liter (about 4 cups) vodka
  • 1 pink grapefruit

For Grapefruit Cosmo

  • ice cubes
  • 2 oz Grapefruit Vodka* (or 2 oz regular vodka + ½ oz grapefruit juice)
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • ¾ oz triple sec
  • ½ oz freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • grapefruit peel for garnish

Equipment for Grapefruit Vodka

  • vegetable peeler
  • large glass container
  • fine-mesh strainer
  • bottles with lids for storing

Equipment for Grapefruit Cosmo

  • chilled cocktail glass
  • cocktail shaker


Make Grapefruit Vodka

  1. Using a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, remove the outer peel from a grapefruit, avoiding the white pith, and place the peels in a 1 liter glass container
  2. Cut the grapefruit into sections, and remove the flesh from the pith
  3. Slice the fruit into large chunks and place into the glass container
  4. Pour the vodka into the container, covering the fruit and peel
  5. Cover the container and store in a cool, dark place for 7-14 days, starting to taste at 7 days
  6. When satisfied with the strength of the mixture, pass through a fine-mesh strainer or coffee filter into a bottle or vessel of choice
  7. It is suggested to store the vodka in the refrigerator to preserve the flavor of the grapefruit, but it can also be kept at room temperature

    Make Grapefruit Cosmo

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec and lime juice
  3. Cap and shake vigorously
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  5. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel