Grapefruit Simple Syrup

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This grapefruit simple syrup is the perfect way to lightly sweeten your favorite citrus-forward cocktails and mocktails. It works especially well in palomas and comes together in just 10 minutes.

  • Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 ounces 1x
  • Category: Cocktails/Mocktails
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled


  1. Add the sugar, water and grapefruit peels to a saucepan. Heat over medium and stir often, until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. Let stand until cool, then discard the peels and pour syrup into a small jar or other airtight container. 



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  • Store in the refrigerator and use within one month.
  • I highly recommend using this in my mezcal paloma!