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Easy Pink Grapefruit Martini: Ready in NO TIME!

Let’s face it, sometimes you need a cocktail that’s fast, fabulous, and ready in less than five minutes. This pink grapefruit vodka cocktail is an absolute keeper, and if you’re a true grapefruit lover, try making it with grapefruit vodka for double the citrus delight!

Grapefruit Martini

Now, let’s learn how to make grapefruit martini, and some other tips that can make it flavorful for you.

Light, Breezy, and Perfect All Year Round

The beauty of this drink is its versatility. The fresh grapefruit juice really celebrates the bounty of winter citrus, making it delightful on cold days. However, its light and breezy nature also works wonders on a warm spring day. You can’t go wrong with this one in summer or fall, either! It’s a true anytime-of-the-year cocktail.

It’s a Snap to Make!

This might be the easiest martini you’ll ever create. Squeeze your fresh grapefruit juice (and some lime) directly into a jigger. Add your favorite vodka, shake it with ice, and boom – drink’s ready! No fuss, no fancy equipment. Since one grapefruit yields a lot of juice, you could probably even make a small batch for when party time rolls around.

How Does This Grapefruit Martini Taste?

This martini is bright, refreshing, and has a lovely balance of sweet and tart flavors. The grapefruit really shines – Ruby red grapefruits tend to be a bit sweeter, while the pink varieties can vary quite a bit from fruit to fruit.

It’s not a shy drink: the boldness of the fruit tempers the alcohol, but the vodka is still definitely forward. However, the overall refreshing nature makes this a decent summer drink, especially if you love all things grapefruit.

Let’s be honest, the color isn’t going to be ignored! This makes a perfect “girls’ night” cocktail – think of it as a more sophisticated, slightly less sweet twist on a Strawberry Salty Dog.

Pairing Ideas

Whether you’re hosting a get-together or just want some good food to complement your red grapefruit martini, here are a few tasty options:

  • Roasted Grape & Sweet Potato Crostini: This plays up the cocktail’s sophistication and is incredibly easy to assemble.
  • Summer Hummus Flatbread: A great counterpoint for a casual summer gathering. Top your flatbread with grilled corn and berries.
  • Ricotta Sage Honey Stuffed Prunes: This adds an upscale version of sweet & savory to the mix – or try stuffed dates for a similar vibe! These are always delicious when made in a larger batch.
  • Grilled Scallop Citrus Ceviche with Chips: Perfect for keeping with the citrus theme, and who could resist?

Think about classic party appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail, a simple bruschetta, or try some salty snacks like Fried Olives or Zucchini Corn Fritters for a delicious contrast. And if you’re in the mood for a decadent dessert pairing, our Peanut Butter and Vanilla Espresso Martini is a must-try!


Serving1 serving
Calories312 Kcal
Carbohydrates31 g
Protein2 g
Sodium4 mg
Fiber2 g
Sugar16 g


  • Cocktail shaker


  • Grapefruit Juice (Freshly Squeezed): I know grabbing a container of Ocean Spray is tempting, but trust me, fresh is the way to go! The size of your fruit will matter – a small one yields about half the ounces needed for one cocktail, while a big grapefruit might be a full squeeze.
  • Lime Juice (Also Fresh): You got it – fresh is best here too for maximum flavor.
  • Vodka (Your Favorite): Use whatever brand makes you happy. This is your drink, after all!
  • Orange Liqueur (Just a Touch): Cointreau is a classic, but experiment if you like! For a slightly drier martini, a bit of dry vermouth could work. Or, try a splash of elderflower liqueur for a delicate floral note that pairs beautifully with the grapefruit. Love other fruit flavors? Our Vodka Peach Bellini recipe offers another delicious way to combine fruit with your favorite vodka. Not traditionally part of a classic martini recipe, but this twist is all about breaking the rules a bit. (For the purists out there: Remember, a Greyhound drink pairs gin with the grapefruit, so this substitution is actually quite fitting!)

Grapefruit Martini

Recipe by Whisk and NibbleCourse: Beverages and CocktailsCuisine: American / International


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You can print the recipe for your ease. Read the details of ingredients paragraph above this recipe!


  • Grapefruit Juice (Freshly Squeezed)

  • Lime Juice (Also Fresh)

  • Vodka (Your Favorite)

  • Orange Liqueur (Just a Touch)


  • Add a generous amount of ice to your cocktail shaker (about halfway). Add all your ingredients, and secure the lid tightly.
  • Shake vigorously! You want that mixture to get fully chilled.
  • Use a strainer to pour your creation into a chilled martini glass.
  • Optional Garnishes: For extra flair, add a twist of grapefruit zest, a slice of grapefruit or lime, or a few fresh mint leaves.


  • Invest in a jigger: These little 1-oz measuring cups make a world of difference when it comes to cocktail making at home.
  • Chill it down: Shaking for at least 10–15 seconds guarantees your cocktail will be ice-cold.
  • Give it a garnish! Finish with fresh grapefruit slices, lime wedges, or sprigs of fresh mint leaves for a touch of pizzazz.

This recipe is super easy to adapt!  If there’s a crowd, it can be easily doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled.

What if I Do Not Have a Shaker?

No cocktail shaker? No problem! A regular mason jar with a tight-fitting lid will do the trick. Fill it with ice, add your ingredients, and give it a good shaking.

To remove any citrus pulp, strain your martini through a fine mesh strainer before pouring it into your glass.. If you like, muddle a few fresh basil leaves in your mason jar for a subtle herbal note.

Can I Use Gin?

Absolutely! If you prefer a classic gin martini vibe, simply swap the vodka for your favorite gin. This cocktail is versatile and works beautifully with both spirits– it all depends on your preference!

Should I Rim the Glass?

Whether to rim a martini glass with salt or sugar is entirely a matter of preference. This is a sophisticated drink that works well with the glass left bare, keeping with its traditional cocktail image. However, a touch of sweetness or saltiness can certainly add another dimension to the flavor!

Makinig a Mocktail

Don’t want the booze? No worries! Simply swap the vodka or gin for your favorite orange liqueur. A splash of seltzer (club soda or an orange-flavored option would be ideal) adds some fizz. If you don’t have orange liqueur, try fresh-squeezed orange juice mixed with plain sparkling water or even sparkling grapefruit juice for a fun, bubbly, dessert-like version of this grapefruit mocktail.

Serving Suggestions

The beauty of this martini, aside from the gorgeous color and fresh grapefruit juice, is that it really is an anytime cocktail.  It makes a wonderful al fresco brunch cocktail, but it’s also a perfect apéritif – a slightly sip-able treat for winding down an evening.

Since this drink has both bitter and sweet flavor notes, it pairs well with a variety of foods. Serve it up at summer parties or a girl’s night in. Think about classic party appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail, a simple bruschetta, or try some salty snacks like Fried Olives or Zucchini Corn Fritters for a delicious contrast.

Health Benefits of Grapefruit Martini

While a Grapefruit Martini should always be enjoyed in moderation, it does offer a few small health benefits thanks to its fresh grapefruit juice. Grapefruit is a good source of Vitamin C, which supports immune function, and it also contains antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. Additionally, the fresh citrus flavor can be quite refreshing, and the overall cocktail experience might provide a touch of stress relief – which can be beneficial in its own way!

Potential Side Effects

For Everyone:

  • Impaired decision-making and reflexes: Even moderate amounts of alcohol can affect your judgment and coordination.
  • Increased risk of dehydration: Alcohol acts as a diuretic, leading to potential dehydration.
  • Dangerous interactions with medications: Grapefruit juice can negatively interact with several medications. Always consult your doctor if you’re taking any prescriptions.
  • Impact on blood sugar: The sugar content in a martini could cause blood sugar fluctuations, especially for people with diabetes.

Risks for Pregnant Women:

Medical professionals strongly advise against any alcohol consumption during pregnancy. There is no known safe amount of alcohol for a pregnant woman or her developing baby. Alcohol can cause severe harm, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). If you’re pregnant or trying to conceive, it’s crucial to avoid alcohol entirely.

Disclaimer: If you have any concerns about how alcohol might personally affect your health, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.

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This grapefruit martini is a delightful twist on a classic cocktail. Whether you prefer the traditional Greyhound with gin or the modern vodka variation, the fresh grapefruit juice is the star of the show. Easy to customize with a sugared rim, a splash of orange liqueur, or a simple non-alcoholic swap, this is a drink that works for any occasion. Cheers to the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and sophistication!


Frequently Asked Questions

What vodka works well in a grapefruit martini?

While any vodka will work, opt for a high-quality brand with a neutral flavor profile, so the grapefruit can truly shine. If you enjoy experimenting, citrus-infused vodkas can add a fun layer of flavor!

Is bottled grapefruit juice an acceptable substitute for fresh?

Freshly squeezed is best for the most vibrant flavor! However, if that’s not an option, a high-quality brand of pink grapefruit juice is a convenient alternative. Just keep an eye out for added sugars or preservatives.

How do I rim the martini glass with sugar?

Moisten the rim with a slice of grapefruit or by dipping it lightly in water. Then, spread some white sugar in a shallow dish, and rotate your glass for an even coating. It adds sweetness and visual appeal!

How can I create a grapefruit martini without alcohol?

Absolutely! Omit the vodka and replace it with your favorite non-alcoholic alternative or even club soda/sparkling water.

How can I adjust the sweetness of a grapefruit martini?

Since grapefruits vary, you might find it too sweet or not sweet enough. Add more or less of your chosen sweetener options (like simple syrup or even a touch of maple syrup) to taste. Start with less than the recipe recommends, and add gradually until you find your perfect balance.

What is pink martini made of?

A traditional Pink Martini isn’t related to grapefruit. It’s made with gin, sweet vermouth, and a dash of Angostura bitters. However, you could create a pink grapefruit martini by adding a splash of cranberry juice for color!

What is the name for a drink made from grapefruit juice and vodka?

The classic cocktail you’ve been exploring in this article is a variation on the Greyhound –  a simple and delicious combination of vodka and grapefruit juice

How many calories in a grapefruit martini?

A grapefruit martini typically contains around 241 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredients and proportions used.

Is martini very alcoholic?

Yes, martinis are considered strong cocktails. Since they’re primarily made with hard liquor (gin or vodka) and a small amount of vermouth, their alcohol content is higher than drinks like beer or wine.

How to make different types of martini?

Here are two classic variations:

  • Dry Martini: Combine 2.5 ounces of gin or vodka with 0.5 ounces of dry vermouth. Combine ingredients with ice in a shaker, then strain into a chilled glass.
  • Extra Dry Martini: Use the same ratio as above, but reduce the dry vermouth to just a few drops or a quick rinse of the glass.

Is A martini A vodka or gin?

Traditionally, a martini is made with gin. However, the vodka martini has become an incredibly popular variation, where vodka replaces the gin as the main spirit.

Which martini is best?

This is entirely subjective! Martini preferences vary! Here are a few different styles to explore:

  • Classic Martini: The original, with gin and dry vermouth.
  • Vodka Martini: A smooth, modern take on the classic.
  • Dirty Martini: Adds a splash of olive brine for a savory twist.
  • Fruit-flavored Martinis: Variations using fruit liqueurs or infusions.

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