Grapefruit-Thyme Cocktail


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


  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ 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.

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