Grapefruit Old Fashioned


Grapefruit Old Fashioned //

It’s the last day of 2013, my friends. You deserve a cocktail.

Pull up a chair, let’s talk about the highlights of 2013 and the goals for 2014. Was 2013 kind of a crummy year for you? Was it the best ever? Tell me…I have drinks for us!

I feel like I’ve waxed poetic about my love of bourbon and old fashioneds before, but this entire blog doesn’t have a single recipe for an old fashioned, which is kinda sad.

In my experience, there are a lot of people who know how to make terrible old fashioneds, so I usually steer clear of them if I know I’m not at a fancy mixology kinda bar. The last time I went to a dive bar and ordered an old fashioned, the bartender pulled out a packet of Sweet ‘n Low and mixed it into the bourbon. I ’bout freaked out.

I’ll need to do a classic recipe for a good old fashioned soon, but in the interim, I bring you a fun new twist: Grapefruit Old Fashioned.

Grapefruit Old Fashioned //

I first made this drink last summer and then remade it for Christmas.

I had fresh sage on hand so I added it to the simple syrup for just a hint of herbaceousness. It’s definitely not necessary and feel free to leave it out or swap it for different mild herbs.

Grapefruit Old Fashioned //

Grapefruit Old Fashioned //

I’d say 2013 was filled with some pretty fantastic moments. First, there was Amelia. Having a corgi all to myself was a dream come true. And then there was my lil’ cookbook! which was also pretty dreamy. There were some challenges along the way, too; not everything is pancakes, glitter and corgi butts, but nothing that I didn’t learn from. I’m feeling pretty good about 2014. I’m ready to ring in the New Year.

Thank you all so much for you support this year. I’m so glad you’re here. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014. See you next year.

Grapefruit Old Fashioned //

Grapefruit Old Fashioned

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Sage Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3-4 sprig fresh sage


  • 4 ruby red grapefruits
  • Angostura bitters
  • Bourbon of choice, I used Bulleit
  • Sparkling water
  • Ice


  • Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the water and sugar; mix until the sugar dissolves. Add the sprigs of sage and bring the mixture to a simmer, cooking for 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and allow the syrup to steep while you make the rest of the drink, about 10 minutes. After it's done steeping, remove the sprigs of sage and discard.
  • Before you juice the grapefruits, slice off four grapefruit rings for garnish. Juice the grapefruit juice into a measuring cup. If you happen to despise pulp (that would be me!), feel free to strain the grapefruit juice.
  • To make the cocktail, add about 3 to 4 liquid ounces of grapefruit juice and two tablespoons of simple syrup to a glass. Add two dashes of bitters, 2 liquid ounces bourbon, a splash of sparkling water and ice. Stir until combined, and garnish with the grapefruit peel. Repeat the process until all the other cocktails are assembled.
Serving: 4g
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  • Reply Julie January 9, 2014 at 6:49 am

    I have never made an Old-Fashioned before, but absolutely love grapefruit, so this has piqued my interest enough to try it.

  • Reply Joy January 4, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I love how the sage sprig turns to rosemary, hic-cup (!) step one.

  • Reply Stephanie January 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Happy 2014! I love a good old fashioned, but I never make things like this for myself. Maybe this is the year I need to change that.

  • Reply Ice January 3, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Wow! I’ll definitely serve this on my post New year party. Thanks!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 2, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    You had me at sage syrup–I can only imagine how delicious the sage is with grapefruit. Genius, pure genius. I will take two πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Lucy January 2, 2014 at 8:12 am

    this drink looks amazing, but those coasters! where did you find them? happy new year!

  • Reply Abby January 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    That looks delicious. And cute coasters. Where are they from?

  • Reply Iris R. January 1, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Thank you! I made this last night and it was so delicious I barely even drank any bubbly at midnight. Happy New year!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme January 1, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Oh yay! Hearing this makes me so happy. Happy New Year!

  • Reply Prudy December 31, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Oh, this is a beautiful thing. I love grapefruit. And a grapefruit Old Fashioned? Yeah, it’s now on my drink menu tonight. <3 Happy New Year!!

  • Reply Nicole December 31, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Grrrrrl, this is why I heart you! Because you love whiskey, too. πŸ™‚ And I would’ve slapped that bartender trying to put Sweet’n’Low in an Old Fashioned (were you in the South? ‘Cause they love that stuff down there). Gonna have to make some of these this weekend! πŸ™‚

    Here’s to an awesome 2014 for ya, filled with lots of cute corgi butt, Old Fashioned’s, lots of yummy foods, and awesomeness! πŸ˜€

    • Reply Nina December 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Hey, easy on the South! πŸ™‚ As A.J. Liebling wrote as far back as 1961, “The South is not monolithically insane.”

      • Reply Nicole December 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

        Haha! I love the South. I’m from Texas (which sometimes considers itself part of the South). πŸ™‚

        • Reply Nina December 31, 2013 at 2:17 pm

          Hooray, me too! Then you are of the limited tribe that gets to talk anything resembling smack– carry on!

  • Reply Nina December 31, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Happy New Year to you and Josh and Amelia! Your blog has been one of my favorite discoveries of 2013. Everything I have made from it– and I have made a lot of things– has been great! Thank you!!

  • Reply Marie @ Little Kitchie December 31, 2013 at 6:27 am

    YUM! Happy 2014, Adrianna!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 31, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I’m in looooove with this!! Living in Wisconsin, every bar SHOULD know how to make an old fashioned but there are some that are like “Lemme pull out this nasty old fashioned mix” and I’m like “NOOOOO”. So props to you sister and Happy New Year!

  • Reply Toby @ brag & butter December 31, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Oh yes please. And the saaaaage? Giiiirl? Out there. Love it. The house down. My cocktail-to-represent-2013 would be a Negroni for sure. Why? Because I usually go for Americanos, and this year needed something stronger, but sticking with tradition. Very much going on (including starting to write the blog, continuing work on tha book, marrying, …) indeed – but I’m ready for a refill!

  • Reply autumn December 31, 2013 at 4:48 am

    YUM! Love how you brightened up (and prettied up) the old fashioned w/ grapefruit. Happy New Year!

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