Grapefruit Basil Cocktail

Fresh squeezed red grapefruit juice, gin and muddled basil combine in this healthy cocktail that will brighten any winter happy hour. 

Grapefruit Gin Basil Cocktail

Today, I’m participating in my first ever virtual surprise birthday party for one of the hardest working and most influential dietitians I know. Regan Jones is the founder of Healthy Aperture, Recipe Redux and one of the masterminds behind Blog Brûlée. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. This woman never ceases to amaze me. Through her hard work, Regan is a lot of fun and she’s turning 40 today! So we are celebrating.

What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new decade and a new year than with a healthy cocktail?

Using the most flavorful ingredients is the key to creating a healthy cocktail you’ll enjoy. This recipe takes advantage of red grapefruit that’s especially flavorful in winter. The uniquely sweet and tart flavor of freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice creates a drink that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

For an additional layer of flavor, I muddled fresh basil with the Blake Hill Grapefruit Lemon Marmalade I got as a gift at Blog Brulee. Muddling marmalade with herbs is a quick way to infuse fruit or herbal flavor into a cocktail or mocktail. Muddling naturally extracts the essential oils from herbs to add depth, body and flavor to the drink. The fragrant basil plays on the slightly herbal flavor of the gin (I used Hendrick’s).

Blake Hill Grapefruit & Lemon Marmalade on

This was my first time developing a cocktail recipe for the blog. I’m a light weight when it comes to drinking, so needless to say it was a fun weekend assignment. I mean… to find the best combination, we had to test it out with gin versus rum. But hey alcohol has health benefits too right?

Now on to the recipe. If you haven’t noticed, I’m on a grapefruit kick right now. This grapefruit cocktail recipe gave me a good reason to keep it going. Cheers!

Grapefruit Gin Basil Cocktail

Fresh squeezed red grapefruit juice, gin and muddled basil combine in this healthy cocktail that will brighten light up any winter happy hour.
Servings: 1 drink


  • 1 T grapefruit marmalade
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves torn (plus more for garnish)
  • ¾ c fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • oz. gin
  • 2 T grapefruit simple syrup recipe below
  • ice cubes
  • For the Grapefruit Simple Syrup:
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice


  • Make the grapefruit simple syrup: Combine ¼ cup sugar with ¼ cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in a small pot. Bring to a boil then lower to simmer until the sugar dissolves. Let cool.
  • Make the cocktail:
  • Muddle the marmalade and basil in a cocktail shaker.
  • Add ice cubes, gin, grapefruit simple syrup and fresh grapefruit juice to a shaker. Shake well.
  • Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.

Say happy birthday and check out how my blogging buddies are helping Regan celebrate with these healthy cocktail and appetizer recipes! #RMJis40

[inlinkz_linkup id=476752 mode=1]

10 Comments on Grapefruit Basil Cocktail

  1. Regan @ The Healthy Aperture Blog
    January 5, 2015 at 11:39 AM (5 years ago)
    You can't even begin to imagine how touched I am, Marisa. This is amazing and truly makes this day the best birthday ever! And I'm personally feeling victorious that your first blog drink is on me. "Cause you know, me and cocktails... we go way back :) Thanks again friend! Reply
    • Marisa
      January 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM (5 years ago)
      You are so deserving, Regan! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Reply
  2. Carolyn
    January 5, 2015 at 11:58 AM (5 years ago)
    You had me at gin. And grapefruit and basil! Great cocktail for Regan. Reply
  3. Sonali- The Foodie Physician
    January 5, 2015 at 12:14 PM (5 years ago)
    This sounds so refreshing and delicious! I love your use of the marmalade- such a great idea! Cheers! Reply
  4. Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition
    January 5, 2015 at 12:52 PM (5 years ago)
    Gorgeous pictures! And I love that you incorporated something from Blog Brulee! I still have my jar of marmalade and now I know exactly what to do with it :) Reply
  5. Min
    January 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM (5 years ago)
    OOh! I still have that marmalade! What a creative and delicious way to enjoy it ;). I just love adding herbs to cocktails!! Cheers! Reply
  6. Alanna
    January 5, 2015 at 4:46 PM (5 years ago)
    What a delicious cocktail recipe! I guarantee that I'm an even bigger light weight than you are ;) I don't drink much, but I love looking through beautiful drink recipes like yours. Have a great week!! Reply
  7. EA-The Spicy RD
    January 7, 2015 at 2:21 AM (5 years ago)
    My mouth is watering as I start at my computer scree. Seriously! This is such a pretty drink, and I imagine so delicious. I had a grapefruit this morning for breakfast, and have a feeling I'll be enjoying another one tomorrow morning. Or perhaps a cocktail..:-) Reply
  8. Karman
    January 7, 2015 at 1:35 PM (5 years ago)
    I just love that we both used this marmalade in cocktails and they turn out so different! Beautiful photos and great idea to add basil for a unique twist! Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *