Ginger-kissed Grapefruit Juice

This grapefruit juice will jolt you to attention. It’s just the thing if you’re looking for something bright, invigorating, spicy, and full volume citrus. Steep grated ginger in a bit of sugared water, and then strain it into a lime & grapefruit juice blend. Inspired by a version in the Rose Bakery cookbook.

Ginger-kissed Grapefruit Juice

It is citrus season here, and this is a great way to use up a couple ruby red grapefruits. This ginger-kissed grapefruit juice is my favorite caffeine-free pick-me-up. 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.

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Grapefruit juice can be a bit intense for some people, and this version (with the lime juice) even more so. SO GOOD, but intense lol. That said, you can experiment with cutting the grapefruit juice with other fruit juices to take some edge off the intensity. A 50/50 blend of grapefruit juice and blood orange juice is delicious and strikingly beautiful. And the combination of grapefruit juice with apple juice and carrots in a high-speed blender served over ice is also a favorite.

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Ginger-kissed Grapefruit Juice

5 from 1 vote

This juice is quite strong - but invigorating! You can make it more or less sweet, to your tastes. And you can mix it with more or 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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 (2006) Phaidon Press

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
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Heidi: I tried this recipe and really like it. I added a variation...champagne! Tastes like a mimosa. I would encourage everyone to experiment with this recipe. You don't need wine classes to try your own wine drinks.

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So yummy, thank you Heidi! I subbed dark agave for the sweetener and it was amazing. As imagined, it got spicier the longer it sat in the fridge. Mr D and I finished the pint in less than 48 hours and I've got requests to make it as a mixer for a vodka cocktail. A definite keeper...

Mrs D

I'd love to join you in cooking from this cookbook! How do I do it?

Alexandra Rogers

This looks wonderful! Too bad we still have to wait a while for citrus season. Maybe adding a shot of vodka make a great different taste!

Ellie Bruno

I´ve been obsessed with making ginger beer at home ever since you posted that link to Jeffrey Morganthaler´s great blog. This looks like another great variation on the theme, I´m excited to play around with this!


Wow! What an incredible assortment of delectable ingredients all mixed together to make one refreshing and delicious beverage! I've made this weekend after weekend in hopes of my kids finally coming home. But, I will continue to make this beverage for myself because I just LOVE it! Have yourselves a great week! Jasper Turner Gutwillig (speaking from the perspective of Grady Turner)

Jasper Turner Gutwillig

This juice is amazing!! I've been feeling sluggish and out of it lately so when I saw this recipe, I knew it would be just the thing to get me out of my funk. I substituted the lime with lemon but the recipe works the same. Sweet, spicy, and oh so flavorful. Thank you for the pick me up!!


Fantastic! I'm loving the last of the citrus season here on the West. I've got a bunch of Meyer lemons and one pink grapefruit left over from my weekend brunch ready to go. I'm very fond of my post-meal evening ginger tea routine and this drink is a nice change of pace. Perfect for lunches.

Jen S

This sounds so delicious! I can't wait to try this, my mouth is literally watering thinking about it!


Loved the recipe! Added a shot of vodka to mine.


Hi Heidi -- I wanted to thank you for the book recommendation. I ordered it after seeing this post, thumbed through it for an hour and already baked some scones for brunch today -- they're wonderful. I love the use of wholemeal flour and the inclination towards less sugar in the desserts. HS: So happy to hear it Deb! That Sally Lunn bread on your site might need to hop on over to my house.


I don't have fresh ginger or sparkling water on hand, so I improvised: 4 drops of essential oil of ginger (brand: Aura Cacia - *not* the same thing as "ginger extract") and 1, 12 oz. can of tonic water (whole foods - made with pure cane sugar), plus store bought grapefruit and lime juices. This version lacks the bite of the fresh stuff, but it's lovely and will be great for after dinner drinks. Thanks!


The juice looks so very refreshing. I just wished the weather in California would be better as this juice calls for summer.Tomorrow, I will cook Indian food for friends and this will be a perfect addition. Thank you for the great post!


Lately, the only thing that wakes me up in the morning is a few bites of grapefruit. It's my new coffee for this transitional winter-spring period in NYC. The health benefits of ginger are endless, so I'll definitely be whipping this up soon!


This sounds like the perfect pick-me-up for these still cold and rainy days we're having. And I love juicing up sparkling water with something interesting. Yum!


Thank you for publishing a non-alcoholic drink recipe for grown ups! This one sounds perfect for breakfast, entertaining, or a hot summer day. Can't wait to make it. No, scratch that. Can't wait to drink it!

Janice Harper

I just spent a happy half hour grating ginger and juicing a whack of limes and grapefruits (note to self: buy a reamer!) and I couldn't be happier with the results: A carafe of soft pink spicy goodness :) Heidi is right, this juice is definitely invigorating and strong--but a lovely blend. I never would have thought to mix lime and grapefruit with ginger! It is spicy and so may not play well with kids, but for adults it's fabulous. Wondering how it might go down with a splash of sparkling water and a shot of citrus vodka on a sunny summer afternoon :)


I love this recipe, I make a version of it every summer using just lemons and ginger "Ginger Lemonade". it's the perfect thirst quencher for those sultry hot New York summer afternoons.


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