Grapefruit Bourbon Sidecar

Reinvent the Sidecar cocktail with this drink made with bourbon and grapefruit juice. It’s refreshing enough for brunch or happy hour.

Try a Bourbon Grapefruit Sidecar for cocktail hour tonight! Make these for happy hour or if you want to kick those mimosas to the curb at brunch!

It’a not that often that you find a drink like this one that’s party worthy for multiple occasions. Like I said, you could shake these up for cocktail hour or brunch – or really any time of the day that you think you need to make yourself a drink.

I seem to really like the flavor of grapefruit these days – am I getting old? Why do I feel like old people always eat grapefruit? But I’ve used it in a couple of other cocktail recipes like this Nevada Grapefruit Martini and this Light and Calm rum drink…so I guess I’m a fan.

And yes, I’m sure it’s not an old people thing…I guess for me it’s just something I’ve never eaten when I was younger and now that I’m in my mid 40’s it seems like a great idea for breakfast.

Or cocktails.

Not only does this Bourbon Grapefruit Sidecar taste amazing but it looks just as good too. The bright color of the grapefruit juice and the sugared rim mixed with grapefruit zest are good enough all on their own.

But then we’re going to shake this grapefruit juice up with bourbon and orange liquor to really make this sidecar a drink you’re going to want to drink.

Again and again.

And if you are making these Bourbon Grapefruit Sidecar for a party or you’re having friends over for brunch – you can make this whole drink up ahead of time.

Rim all the glasses and mix the drink together in a large pitcher, then just shake up and pour as needed. That is one of the keys to a good cocktail if you ask me, shaken like crazy so there’s pieces of ice going all through the drink, keeping it cold sip after sip.

Another key to a great cocktail is garnish. This garnish looks great on the glass but also gives the drink some sweetness as you sip so it balances out the tart flavor of the grapefruit juice.

Grapefruit Bourbon Sidecar
 
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Recipe Type: Cocktail
Serves: 1 drink
Ingredients
For the garnish
  • 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 slice grapefruit cut in half
For the drink
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ½ ounce orange liquor
  • ⅓ cup grapefruit juice
Instructions
  1. Dip the rim of a coupe glass into a shallow dish of water.
  2. Mix the zest and sugar together on another shallow dish the dip the rim of the glass in to coat the edge.
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the drink ingredients and shake well.
  4. Strain into prepared glass, garnish with grapefruit slice and serve.

 

Dan George

Born and raised in New Jersey, Dan started the web site Mantitlement as a way to learn how to cook for the first time from his wife, Christie. Christie has always been the primary cook in the household and Dan got used to having her three-course, restaurant quality meals for dinner every night. Well, it was time he learned how to do some cooking on his own, and that's how Mantitlement got started. Dan believes that everyone is entitled to having great food and drinks at home...and he can show you how to make them with his collection of recipes!

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