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Grapefruit-Thyme Cocktail

The subtle lemon flavor of thyme pairs well with the tart grapefruit.

Grapefruit-Thyme Cocktail

Source: Mad Hungry, April 2011


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 bunch fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed
  • 4 grapefruits, juiced
  • 2 cups vodka
  • Club soda
  • Freshly ground black pepper, for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat. Add the thyme and peppercorns. Let steep for one hour. Strain and chill, reserving a few thyme sprigs for garnish.

  2. Mix grapefruit juice and vodka in a pitcher. (Chill if making ahead.) To serve, fill each 8-ounce glass with 1 tablespoon thyme syrup, add ice to fill the glass, and fill 3/4 of the way full with the grapefruit mixture. Top with club soda. Garnish with 1 sprig of fresh thyme and some cracked black pepper if desired.

Reviews (1)

  • Michael H 15 Jan, 2014

    I made this cocktail for a Christmas party and didn't actually read the recipe thoroughly and ended up using gin instead of vodka! I shook the ingredients together in a shaker with crushed ice and served it in a chilled martini glass with plenty of cracked black pepper on top. The flavor was great . . . the first guest said "This tastes like a liquid Christmas tree!" which I took as a compliment. Another evening I rinsed the glass with Pernod prior to pouring the cocktail. 5 stars!

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