The Big Texan Bourbon-and-Grapefruit Cocktail


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  • Servings: Makes 1 cocktail

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  • 2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 tablespoon simple syrup (see Note)
  • 2 basil leaves
  • Ice
  • 1 grapefruit slice and 1 preserved cherry, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the grapefruit juice, bourbon, simple syrup and basil. Fill a chilled rocks glass with ice. Add 5 ice cubes to the shaker and shake well. Strain the drink into the ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with the grapefruit slice and cherry.


Make simple syrup by boiling equal parts sugar and water. Let cool before using.

Contributed By Photo © Jody Horton Published June 2011

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