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Rio Rose Cocktail – A Grapefruit Cocktail

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Last Updated on October 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

Bourbon and grapefruit with rosemary? Is there a better combo? This grapefruit cocktail will please!


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.

Gold cocktails in coupes, grapefruit slice garnishes. Wooden reamer and flowers in background

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 grapefruit 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.

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Gold cocktail in coupe with grapefruit slice on black plate. Flowers in background

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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Rio Rose Cocktail - gold cocktails in coupes, grapefruit slices. Wooden reamer and flowers in background
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A lovely light cocktail, simple with bourbon, grapefruit juice and rosemary simple syrup.



Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Strain into a coupe glass.

Serve with a grapefruit slice as a garnish.


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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0.2gSugar: 1gProtein: 0.1g

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Rachel @ My Urban Oven

Friday 19th of February 2016

You always make me want to drink! You are great at coming up with new combinations. Can't wait to try this one!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 20th of February 2016

Haha, that's what we are here for! Hope you enjoy, cheers!


Friday 19th of February 2016

This sounds amazing! I love the combination of bourbon with grapefruit. Great idea!


Friday 19th of February 2016

Yum! Looks delicious. I'm a HUUUUGE fan of gin and grapefruit. Can't say I've tried it with bourbon. Is it too early to make one right now?? ;)

The 'Noms.

Saturday 20th of February 2016

Gin and grapefruit is so good together! The bourbon in this makes it a little smokey and herby with the rosemary! Hope you enjoy it! Cheers!


Thursday 18th of February 2016

I'm always looking for new drink ideas, especially when I'm hosting! This looks and sounds delicious. The grapefruit garnish is a nice touch

The 'Noms.

Thursday 18th of February 2016

Great, thanks so much! I hope you enjoy, cheers!


Thursday 18th of February 2016

Yummy! I actually like grapefruit, so this sounds like a nice refreshing cocktail! I'm trying it the next time we make drinks!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 18th of February 2016

This combo is really great together! Cheers!

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