I’ve made a few elderflower cocktails for this blog, and they never disappoint. Now I’m going to give another one a try, this Sparkling Grapefruit & St. Germain Cocktail. Growing up, a half grapefruit was a pretty typical breakfast for me, and grapefruit juice was almost always in the refrigerator. But for some reason, I rarely ever have anything grapefruit anymore. That makes this recipe an extra treat, and I can’t wait to try it!
An easy and delicious four ingredient, low calorie cocktail is calling your name!
I had a bottle of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur on hand. That $30 bottle may last me forever! That left me to shop for the rest of the ingredients and garnish.
The lime and cucumber were easy to find, but I had to change things up with the grapefruit sparkling water. I couldn’t find La Croix, so I bought what I could find.
Whole Foods had grapefruit seltzer in their 365 Everyday Value brand. They also carry Spindrift Grapefruit Seltzer, and the best part was they were both available by the can. It was nice not to have to buy two cases of seltzer I might not like just to make this recipe.
This cocktail was easy to make, and I had mine mixed and garnished in four minutes. First, I added ice with grapefruit and lime wedges to a stemless wine glass. I chose it because it holds a lot (much more than you expect when you look at it). I decided to skip the cucumber, but I’m sure it would have been good.
Then I filled a cocktail shaker with more ice, juiced a lime into it, and topped it off with the elderflower liqueur. I gave it a good shake and poured the freezing cold mixture into the prepared glass.
The recipe doesn’t mention what to do with the grapefruit seltzer, but I assumed pouring it over the liqueur was the next step. I gave it all a quick stir with my bar spoon, and my first Sparkling Grapefruit & St. Germain Cocktail was ready to enjoy.
I tried the 365 brand first, and I have to tell you that I almost gulped it down, it was so good! Thankfully, the St. Germain has a relatively low alcohol content of 20%, so I didn’t get tipsy.
I made another Sparkling Grapefruit & St. Germain Cocktail with the Spindrift seltzer the next day. This brand has actual grapefruit juice in it instead of just grapefruit flavoring. I thought this version was sweeter at first, but it had more of a grapefruit/citrus taste at the end. I liked both, but I think I preferred the first version.