Grapefruit Crush

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Made from fresh-squeezed juice, the grapefruit crush is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail.

I first tried this grapefruit crush cocktail at a pool party at my neighbor Tracy’s house, and I’ve seen it pop up on restaurant menus all summer long. It’s super refreshing and dangerously easy to drink. Made with fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka, triple sec, and lemon-lime soda, the cocktail is a riff on the popular orange crush drink that originated on Maryland’s Eastern shore at Harborside Bar & Grill, where the bartenders squeeze the juice to order using an old-fashioned citrus press. The name of the cocktail comes from “crushing” the fruit.

What You’ll Need To Make a Grapefruit Crush

grapefruit crush ingredients

For best results, I recommend using fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice with a bit of pulp — you’ll need two large grapefruits to make two cocktails — but if you’d rather use store-bought, look for 100% fresh-squeezed bottled juice with no sweeteners or preservatives.

Instructions

Begin by squeezing the juice from the grapefruits. I use a citrus juicer like this one.

fresh squeezed grapefruit juicePour the grapefruit juice, vodka, and triple sec into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with the lemon-lime soda and garnish with a grapefruit slice.

Alternatively, if you’d like to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the juice, vodka, triple sec and lemon-lime soda in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.

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Grapefruit Crush

Made from fresh-squeezed juice, the grapefruit crush is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail.

Servings: 1 drink
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, from 1 large grapefruit
  • 1 oz (2 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1/2 oz (1 tablespoon) triple sec (orange liqueur)
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) lemon-lime soda

Instructions

  1. Pour the grapefruit juice, vodka, and triple sec into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Top with the lemon-lime soda and garnish with a grapefruit slice. (Alternatively, if you’d like to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the juice, vodka, triple sec and lemon-lime soda in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.)

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Reviews & Comments

  • I LOVE this! Used Simply Grapefruit and Sprite Zero (to save some calories)…so delicious! This is my weekly treat. Thank you, Jen for another perfect recipe ❤️

    • — Carolyn B. on September 6, 2021
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  • Couldn’t believe how much we loved this one!

    • — Lauren on September 4, 2021
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  • One of my all time favorite summer cocktails. Try it with Deep Eddy ruby red grapefruit vodka instead of plain. You won’t regret it!

    • — Ann on August 27, 2021
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  • Delicious! Always looking for grapefruit cocktails/sangrias
    Thanks for another great tasting recipe.

    • — ANNE LADY on August 26, 2021
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  • Delicious and refreshing – thanks Jenn!!

    • — Tamera on August 16, 2021
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  • I just made one….liking it!
    I’ve been dying to learn mezcal cocktails I think I can turn this into one. Smoky grapefruit….not so sure

    • — Kim Moore on August 12, 2021
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  • Hi Jen,

    Would tequila work in lieu of the vodka? If not, what do you recommend?

    Thanks,

    Janelle

    • — Janelle on August 12, 2021
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    • Yep 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 12, 2021
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