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Ginger Grapefruit Sour Recipe

Ginger Grapefruit Sour Recipe

Drifters: if you're a fan of citrus fruit and bourbon, then this cocktail is sure to delight your tastebuds. The Grapefruit Sour cocktail combines the bold flavors of bourbon with the tangy sweetness of grapefruit, resulting in a perfectly balanced and refreshing drink.  

However, we did you one better here and added fresh, zingy ginger. We also swapped the usual sugar-laden grapefruit juice you buy at the grocery store for our real-squeezed, bubbly Spindrift Grapefruit to create a lively, refreshing twist on an American classic. 

Brief History of the Grapefruit Sour Cocktail

The original whiskey sour’s origins can be traced back to even earlier times when citrus fruits were commonly used in cocktails for their tangy taste. The combination of bourbon and grapefruit was a natural choice, as the brightness of the fruit complemented the smoky notes of bourbon perfectly. And so, the Grapefruit Whiskey Sour cocktail was born. 

Its refreshing taste and easy-to-make recipe have made it a favorite among both bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts. Plus, its vibrant pink color adds to its appeal, making it an Instagram-worthy drink. Whether you're sipping on this cocktail at a rooftop bar or enjoying it at home, one thing is for sure – it always hits the spot. 

The Legacy of Citrus

Citrus fruit has been used in cocktails for centuries, with lemons and limes being popular choices due to their acidity and flavor. However, the vibrant, slightly sweeter grapefruit deserves a lot more of the spotlight.  

Grapefruit is a great choice for cocktails because it adds a bright, tart flavor that can cut through the sweetness of many recipes while still not being too acidic for most citrus lovers.  

Why Bourbon?

Bourbon is a type of whiskey that is primarily made from corn mash. It has a higher alcohol content than other types of whiskey and is known for its bold flavor profile. This makes it an ideal liquor for cocktails, as it can stand up to other strong ingredients without being overpowered.  

In the case of the grapefruit sour cocktail, bourbon's rich flavors add depth to the drink and balance out the tartness of the grapefruit. Additionally, bourbon's sweetness pairs well with the tangy fruit, making for a harmonious combination. 

Our Take on a Classic

We love the OG recipe, but we wanted ours to include a note of warm spice, which is why we included fresh ginger. Spindrift Grapefruit and fresh ginger create a dynamic duo that will leave your taste buds wanting more. But why do grapefruit and ginger pair so well together?  

It's about balance. The bitterness of the grapefruit is toned down by the spiciness of ginger, creating a harmonious flavor profile that is both refreshing and complex. Add bubbles to that and you’ve got yourself a refreshing, pleasantly warm cocktail (or mocktail) that is easy to enjoy year-round. 

Pairing Suggestions

As for food pairings, the grapefruit sour cocktail is a versatile drink that can match well with a variety of dishes.  

Its tangy and slightly bitter taste makes it ideal to balance out rich and savory flavors. It pairs well with seafood dishes like grilled shrimp or tuna tartare, as well as spicy foods like buffalo wings or Mexican street tacos.  

For a lighter, complimentary option, try pairing it with a salad topped with citrus fruits. The possibilities are endless, so don't be afraid to experiment and find your perfect pairing for this zesty cocktail.  

Ingredients

featuring spindrift grapefruit

  • 1. 2 oz. bourbon
  • 2. 1/4 of a grapefruit, squeezed
  • 3. Ice
  • 4. 2 tsp ginger
  • 5. Spindrift Grapefruit

Directions

Serves 2 • 10 Minute Prep

  • 1. First, make ginger sugar by zesting about an inch of fresh ginger into a cup of sugar
  • 2. Press the ginger into the sugar until mixed and fragrant
  • 3. Add ice, bourbon, ginger-sugar, and the juice of ¼ of a grapefruit into a shaker
  • 4. Shake vigorously and pour into a coupe glass over a fresh ice cube
  • 5. Top with Grapefruit Spindrift. Enjoy!
Spindrift Grapefruit

Bartender's Note*

Grapefruit and ginger goodness. Fresh, tangy, spicy, and smooth. All the adjectives.

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