Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice Recipe

If you're looking for a jolt something bright, invigorating, spicy and citrusy - this is just the thing. You steep grated ginger in a bit of sugared water, and then strain it into a lime & grapefruit juice blend. It's from the Rose Bakery inspired cookbook, which a number of us are cooking from in the coming weeks.

Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice

I wanted to let you know that a few of us are going to focus on cooking from Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery over the next two months. I've always liked the idea of cooking from one book for an extended time period, and we've been doing that lately. We did - Moro East last, and The Essential New York Times Cookbook before that. The more the merrier, we'd love to have you join us. To kick things off I decided to start with this beauty - a lovely yellow, citrus-centric Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice.

Grapefruit Juice

It's still citrus season here in San Francisco, and this is a great way to use up a couple ruby red grapefruits. I don't really do the smoothie thing much these days, but I do love a good fruit juice blend. If you're looking for a jolt something bright, invigorating, spicy and citrusy - this is just the thing. It's a pick-me-up minus the caffeine. You steep grated ginger in a bit of sugared water, and then strain it into a lime & grapefruit juice blend. I like to sip it out of a tiny cordial glass with a big ice cube or mix it with sparkling water as an afternoon refresher. It has a good amount of kick, and you can feel it going down - in a good way.

Grapefruit Juice

I suspect there will be plenty of other recipes to discover in this cookbook. So please, feel free to join us. I think this is going to be a fun one to cook from. As I mention on the site, cafe classics are well-represented - scones, smoothies, multiple granolas, soups, salads, and sandwiches. But one of the things I appreciate about this book is the inclusion of recipes that feature natural sweeteners, and slightly off-beat whole grains and flours (quinoa / millet). The book includes many vegetarian recipes, quite a number of vegan recipes, gluten-free recipes, etc. Clearly this is a thoughtful compilation of recipes meant to be crowd-pleasers.

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Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice

This juice is quite strong - but invigorating! You can make it more/less sweet, to your tastes. And you can mix it with more/less water sparkling water, also to taste. You can also double the recipe if you need to use up more citrus. The juice freezes well in baggies or ice cube trays. I typically use ruby red grapefruits here.

3 tablespoons natural cane sugar
2 tablespoons ginger, peeled then grated
1 cup / 240 ml water

very scant 1/2 cup / 95 ml fresh lime juice - 2 juicy limes
1 1/3 cups / 310 ml fresh grapefruit juice - 2 juicy grapefruits

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together the sugar, ginger, and water. Simmer for 5 minutes, transfer to a glass bowl or cup, and place in the freezer for a few minutes to cool.

Strain the ginger into a pitcher along with the lime and grapefruit juices. You can either strain the citrus juices or leave them pulpy, just be sure to catch any seeds before they go in. Stir and taste, if you want a bit more sugar, go for it, but I find this plenty sweet. Serve straight in a tiny chilled glass with ice. Or use a splash to freshen up a glass of sparkling water.

Makes about 2 cups / 1 pint.

Adapted from Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery

Prep time: 5 minutes

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That juice sounds delicious!


Lime and grapefruit is such an amazing combination. I've not been a big fan of ginger in the past, but I'm working on cultivating a taste for it. I've been adding it to cookies and cakes as well as to veggie stirr frys. This recipe seems like a great way to expand my exposure; a sweet drink. It looks like summer in a glass!

Elizabeth (Foodie, Formerly Fat)

Wow, I've never had anything like this - what a fun flavor combination!

Simply Life

Wow, this looks totally refreshing!

Blog is the New Black

Mmm, I love anything with ginger in it, and my husband likes anything with lime -- so this is a perfect recipe to please both of our taste buds! The idea of really getting to know a cookbook is such a lovely thing. I tend to pick one to take to bed with me for reading, which fills my dreams with good things to cook. The 101 Cookbooks LIbrary sounds like a dream, too -- I'm heading over to sign up!

lauren @ spiced plate

I always keep ginger cordial in the fridge for tea or to mix with sparkling water, so I will try this, like, in the next five minutes! A shot of this would also probably make a really fun/effective in-between-courses palate cleanser, too.


I'd love to try it. I used to eat grapefruit every night until last night. Seems I've been experiencing kidney stones. Upon further research, a doctor recommended that I do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit as a preventative action.


This juice sounds incredibly refreshing!

Jessica @ How Sweet

it looks delicious!

raspberry essence

I drink a green smoothie or green juice every morning, and, frankly, this looks like a nice change! :) The idea of getting to know a book intimately over a few months is great!

JL goes Vegan

mmm, tasty! I love the breakfast lunch tea book, but I haven't cooked from it a lot. I'm gonna browse it today :)

anne b.

This looks wonderful! Too bad we still have to wait a while for citrus season where I am. Thanks for the other link too - I'll be using that a lot, I think.

Word Girl

I'm probably going to spend the day browsing cookbooks. What a beautiful space you have created!


It looks very delicious as I am ginger and grapefruits lover! For sure I will try this so good and healthy juice! Just maybe I will put honey instead a sugar.


I like the idea of cooking from one cookbook for an extended period of time, too! I have so many, I really must use them more often. I haven't had grapefruit juice in ages! And I have a ruby red grapefruit on the counter. Just need some ginger.

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

Lime, ginger, and grapefruit together sounds so refreshingly summer. I think I would add Moscato or gin ;)


What a refreshing take on freshly squeezed juice! This reminds me of a juice I had in a little cafe in Rio when I was in Brazil - they'd make the juice fresh at your table every morning :) Thanks also for pointing me to the 101 cookbooks library - this will be really helpful as I search for new recipes to make! Great post as always :)

Anjali Shah

Wow, Heidi, this looks amazing! Having just moved to New Zealand for the year, we are actually just getting to citrus season, and this is going to be so necessary on the wet, dreary days to come. Thanks so much for this lovely post!


Heidi, could your photos be anymore inspiring? As for the 101 Cookbooks Library- people should definitely check it out and join. It's quite lovely!

kamran siddiqi

I love the idea of everyone cooking from 1 book for a month! How fun! And thanks for the link to the other site, too! I'm such a fan, yet I had no idea about that site! Grapefruit makes me weak in the knees. My mom told me that she drank a lot of grapefruit juice when she was breast feeding me as a baby, and I can't help but think that's why. Sorry, is that too personal? Gorgeous, as always!


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