Rio Rose Cocktail – A Bourbon Cocktail

Rio Rose Cocktail

Bourbon and grapefruit with rosemary? Is there a better combo?



One of the best parts about the cold snowy days of February is the amazing deals you can get on great citrus. We always find ourselves walking out with produce bags stuffed with fresh citrus destined to be used in some fresh cocktails. On our last shopping trip, we found some beautiful Texas Rio grapefruit that we figured would be perfect for making some of our other favorite cocktails like the Rosemary’s Blush or the Red Hound.



We have been big on combining sweet and sour grapefruit with a floral gin in the past as we love the way the grapefruit brings out the herbal aspects of gin, but grapefruit can work really well with other spirits like bourbon.



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Rio Rose cocktail in two cocktail coups with grapefruit wheels on black plate

Coupes / Citrus Reamer

Angostura Bitters / Shaker



Bourbon and Grapefruit

We started this cocktail with a smooth bourbon, the caramel and vanilla flavors providing a warm sweet base. Add in the sweet and sour components of the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and the bright tartness starts to bring the drink to life. Rosemary infused simple syrup brings a sweet hint of evergreen and herbs, while adding a fresh floral perfume to the fresh grapefruit and bourbon.



A dash of aromatic bitters adds a hint of spice that ties the drink all together. Perfect for a fans of bourbon and grapefruit, this cocktail will help chase any winter blues away!






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Yield: 1

RIo Rose Cocktail - A Bourbon Cocktail

A lovely light cocktail, simple with bourbon, grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes



Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Strain into a coupe glass.

Serve with a grapefruit slice as a garnish.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 16mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 0.1g

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