Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet

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Nate doesn't drink. And as much as I love a good glass of wine, I'm not one to bust open a whole bottle for myself when I want a nightcap. For years, I've solved this dilemma by muddling gin and lime together with various mixers for kind of a makeshift cocktail that changes based on whatever juices or sparkling water I have in the fridge. It's the perfectly-refreshing combo, simple and relatively low in calories and super-convenient because I always have a lime on-hand.

You know, in case I need some guacamole.

I'm clearly a California girl, if you can't tell by my kitchen essentials.

Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet - made with gin, fresh rosemary syrup, lime and grapefruit juice

So I was pretty stoked to discover recently that there's actually a name for my favorite cocktail! A cocktail including gin and lime is called a “gimlet.”

It's my new favorite word.

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Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet

Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 4 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces gin
  • Juice of one-half lime


  1. Make the rosemary simple syrup by cooking sugar, water and rosemary over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
  2. Stir together one ounce simple syrup with remaining ingredients in a cocktail glass and serve over ice.

This rosemary grapefruit cocktail was one of the featured drinks when I visited the HGTV Dream Home in Georgia. It was originally served with vodka, but I swapped that out for gin because vodka and I are SO not friends.

Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet - made with fresh rosemary syrup, grapefruit, lime and gin

In case you're wondering, tequila and I are like old college roommates and whiskey and I are frenemies with sort of a love-hate relationship. I have mixed feelings about any bar stock, really. Am I the only one that's finicky about hard alcohol? I don't drink very much or very often, so I'm kind of a lightweight and I notice a huge difference between alcohol types and quality levels.

Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet - made with fresh rosemary syrup, grapefruit, lime and gin

The flexible fruity concoction serves up well with spring or summer appetizers such as sliders, tuna tartare, sandwich meats or veggie boards. If you're going for more of a sit-down vibe, it's great with fish or asian fusion. I think it would be a really fun way to round out a Southern meal with some sweet cornbread, peas and pan-fried chicken.

Rosemary Grapefruit Gimlet - made with fresh rosemary syrup, grapefruit, lime and gin

What's your go-to drink?


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