Boozy Grapefruit Sparkling Lemonade |

AKA the Ultimate Summer Refreshment.

It’s perfectly timed with the crazy cold front that decided to roll through Denver last night. I almost had to turn the heat on in the house, which I am not ok with in August. Way too soon… I want fall to come before I start freezing to death! Apparently we are in for a brutal winter… I’ll be clinging to every warm moment I can from now until I absolutely have to turn on the heat in my house.

Boozy Grapefruit Sparkling Lemonade |

With a glass of this boozy grapefruit sparkling lemonade in hand, of course. 

Simple cocktails like this are exactly what I like to pull out when I’m either A) ambushed by a group of guests, B) going to a party and have been asked to bring a drink or C) am too exhausted to even try to function… The grapefruit and lemon really pack a zing in each sip and since I’ve been addicted to anything acidic lately, it’s become a necessary component of my daily life.

Boozy Grapefruit Sparkling Lemonade |

Plus it’s sparkling and that just makes me smile. 🙂

Note: you can also make this without the vodka. I’ve had a glass every morning (without vodka, I swear) every day for the past week – SO good.

Boozy Grapefruit Sparkling Lemonade |

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Boozy Grapefruit Sparkling Lemonade |

Boozy Grapefruit Sparkling Lemonade

Yield: Serves 4

A light and acidic cocktail that will brighten up your cocktail hour!


  • Juice of 1 grapefruit
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 6 oz vodka
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • Extra slices of grapefruit and lemon


  1. Combine juices, sugar and vodka in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar has dissolved completely. When ready to serve, fill the pitcher with ice and top with sparkling water. Stir and top with slices of grapefruit and lemon.