Rosemary Grapefruit Soda

Happy New Year’s Eve! After a wonderful week that included visiting with family and friends, I have begun to look forward to the new year. Déjà vu? It is by complete coincidence that I chose to post a grapefruit-inspired drink on both last New Year’s Eve and this one.

I have wanted to make this drink for some time. The two times per year my girlfriends and I get it together enough to make it to brunch, we typically find ourselves at a restaurant that serves a very similar – if not the same – drink. It is delicious, refreshing and the perfect use for winter citrus. As suggested in the original recipe, the rosemary-infused simple syrup is also a great sweetener for lemonade.

Speaking of lemons, this Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail is another delicious drink that also makes use of rosemary. I drank a couple of those on Christmas day and found them lovely. I then made these Rosemary Grapefruit Sodas the day after Christmas. Given that I am just now posting them, I have resolved to be more attentive to my teeny tiny blog in the New Year.

Rosemary Grapefruit Soda

Last year, I wrote my resolutions were to practice yoga on a more regular basis as well as to make a galette, Charlotte and Baked Alaska. I succeeded at the yoga and the galette. I did not even try the Charlotte and Baked Alaska, and perhaps more surprising to myself, I did not care. Preferences change, and I decided I simply was not in the mood. Maybe I will get around to those desserts this year and maybe I will not. Either way, I’m sure it will be fine.

I have decided I really do not see a problem with making resolutions any time during the year. My goal on Memorial Day was to finish the five published Game of Thrones books by Christmas. I have been reading (which in this case means looking at  the book on my dresser) A Dance with Dragons since September. In my defense, I have read Gone GirlWhere We Belong, and A Casual Vacancy in the meantime, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Sparkling Rosemary Grapefruit Soda

Tonight, I have been invited to a party. I would prefer to stay at home and relax on the couch with a book (see above), but I decided to kick-start achieving my resolutions by getting out of my comfort zone. If you find yourself in need of a little resolution inspiration, I found the lists 32 Things You Should Stop Caring About and 25 Things You Need to Forget About rather enlightening.

This year, I struggled to choose my resolutions. At what point do resolutions cross the line into a plain ol’ to do list? The best I can come up with is to start rinsing with mouthwash. I brush and floss, so that next step seems logical.

I am also going to try to meditate, which for me simply means pausing for 15 minutes out of the 16 hours I typically spend awake. This means I must stop for just one of 64 of my 15-minute waking increments. This sounds achievable, yet I have been working on taking just these few minutes for myself  since July. I always tell myself that I will start tomorrow. This time, tomorrow literally is tomorrow. Right after I make cupcakes. Enjoy!

Rosemary Grapefruit Soda

Happy New Year's Eve Cocktail: Sparkling Rosemary Grapefruit Soda
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup rosemary, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice (about two grapefruits)
  • 5 cups club soda or plain sparkling water
  • Ice, for serving
  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnishing
  1. Combine the plain water, granulated sugar and rosemary in a saucepan over high heat.
  2. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot to the touch, about three to five minutes.
  3. Remove the syrup from the heat and allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the rosemary flavor to infuse throughout the syrup.
  4. When the time has passed, use a mesh strainer (or colander in a pinch) to strain the syrup into a pitcher. Discard the strained rosemary.
  5. Add the grapefruit juice and stir to combine.
  6. Immediately before serving, add the club soda or sparkling water and again stir to combine.
  7. Serve over ice and garnish each glass with sprig of rosemary.

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