Grapefruit Martini Recipe: A Pink Citrus Delight

Updated December 2, 2021
Delicious Grapefruit Martinis


  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces pink grapefruit juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • Ice
  • Spanish olive for garnish


  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the simple syrup, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, and vodka.
  3. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass.
  5. Garnish with an olive.

Variations and Substitutions

Pump up the flavor with these tasty variations:

  • Substitute grapefruit-flavored vodka for the vodka.
  • Use blueberry vodka in place of the vodka for a berry good martini.
  • Muddle a sprig of rosemary with the simple syrup before adding other ingredients.
  • Muddle a jalapeño chili slice with the simple syrup before adding the remaining ingredients.
  • Muddle sage or thyme leaves with the simple syrup before adding remaining ingredients.


The olive is a classic martini garnish that works well. You can also try:

  • Herb sprigs
  • A grapefruit wedge
  • A sugared rim

About the Grapefruit Martini

Grapefruit has a distinctly tart flavor that can really punch up a cocktail. It also blends beautifully with a whole spectrum of flavors. And by adding just a little bit of sweet via simple syrup or a liqueur, it brings balance to the puckering tartness of the grapefruit for an oh-so-satisfying cocktail with a lot of flare.

A Delicious Tart-Tini

Try this deliciously tart spin on a martini. It will wake up your tastebuds and lift your spirits as you sip.

Grapefruit Martini Recipe: A Pink Citrus Delight