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Grapefruit Bourbon Sour with Coopers’ Craft

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Last Updated on September 23, 2021 by The Noms

This grapefruit bourbon cocktail is a rich and tasty cocktail made with Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve. A great spring cocktail with tropical flavors.


Grapefruit Bourbon Sour, pink cocktail in gold rimmed glass with white foam topping and citrus peel


That is what inspired this cocktail using Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve, Brown-Forman’s newest bourbon in 20 years — which is available in Nebraska! Make sure to read our Walnut Pear Pie cocktail made with Coopers’ Craft, too!


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Coopers’ Craft Bourbon

Coopers’ Craft Bourbon has two expressions, the 82.2 proof, and the 100 proof Barrel Reserve! Both bourbons begin with the same spirit, but are aged using different wood techniques resulting in different profiles. Make sure to click on over to the Walnut Pear Pie cocktail for more info all about the two expressions of bourbon.


The 100 proof Barrel Reserve bourbon is aged in their one-of-a-kind chiseled and charred American oak barrel. It’s robust and complex. By using their chiseling process, they expose the bourbon to 50% more wood in the barrel.


Grapefruit Bourbon Sour, a pink cocktail in glass with white foam topping. Whiskey bottle behind


The flavor profile for the 100 proof is caramel and cotton candy coated apples, pear and citrus fruit over vanilla wafers dusted with cinnamon. Now, on to the cocktail highlighting the beautiful Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve Bourbon!


Pink cocktail with white foam in gold rimmed glass. Whiskey bottle behind


Bourbon Grapefruit Sour

We started with a combination of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, Coopers’ Craft Barrel Reserve, and lime juice. It was the perfect blend of sweet and tart, but we knew we had to add something. We added in a bit of bitter orange liqueur, as it plays super well with grapefruit juice, and with the bourbon, as we learned.


Pink cocktail with white foam in gold rimmed glass. Whiskey bottle behind


From there, we knew we had a tropical flavor base, and wanted to play off of that, so added cinnamon simple syrup and a dash of salt or saline. We wanted to take it up even another notch, and then added an egg white for richness and softening of the color, so it made it look perfect for spring.


Who can turn down a light pink colored cocktail, especially with beautiful egg foam? So this grapefruit bourbon sour is a great and tasty choice.


Pink cocktail with white foam in gold rimmed glass. Whiskey bottle behind


Dry Shaking a Cocktail

The purpose of a dry shake is to whip air into the cocktail with egg white to give a foamier texture to the drink. Ice is not great for that foaminess, so shake without ice first to whip the drink up.

Meaning, you include all your cocktail ingredients with your egg whites in your shaker first (no ice), shake as hard as possible for 30 seconds or so, then add ice, shake again to cool, and serve.


Pink cocktail with white foam in gold rimmed glass. Whiskey bottle behind


Double Straining

You don’t HAVE to double strain this one. It’s an optional choice with most egg white cocktails. But, in this case since we were serving in a glass with no ice, we didn’t want any ice shards from shaking to show up in the glass. Even with egg whites, we usually double strain, but again it’s optional.


We would encourage you to double strain if you are using fresh grapefruit and lime juices that haven’t been strained to get out the pulp. This will make your drink smoother, and you won’t have the pulp in your drink then, making your beautiful egg white cocktail even better.


Pink cocktail with white foam in gold rimmed glass. Whiskey bottle behind


We hope you will try out this beautiful and tasty spring grapefruit bourbon sour cocktail, along with some Coopers’ Craft 100 Proof Barrel Reserve, too!


Grapefruit Bourbon Sour, pink cocktail in gold rimmed glass with white foam topping and citrus peel




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Pink cocktail with white foam in gold rimmed glass. Whiskey bottle behind
Yield: 1

Grapefruit Bourbon Sour

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Grapefruit Bourbon Sour is a great spring cocktail! Light, but rich, this one using Coopers' Craft Barrel Reserve is a must make!


  • 2 ounces Coopers' Craft
  • .50 ounce Bitter Orange Liqueur
  • .75 ounce grapefruit juice
  • .25 oz lime juice
  • .25 oz cinnamon syrup
  • egg white
  • drop of saline or dash of salt


    1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker.
    2. Shake for 20 seconds without ice. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds.
    3. Double strain into a coupe. Garnish with grapefruit peel if desired.
    4. Cheers!

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Total Fat: .1gSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 8.6gFiber: .3gSugar: 1.9gProtein: 3.8g

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