Grapefruit Vodka Soda

Letting vodka steep with grapefruit segments—you don't want the bitter pith here—gives you a juicy, fresh grapefruit-infused vodka that retains the fruit's vibrant flavor and needs nothing more than club soda and ice to become a delicious, bone-dry cocktail. Orange, tangerine, and Meyer lemon would all be delicious here, too.

Grapefruit Vodka Soda cocktail
Photo: Photo by Adam Friedlander / Food Styling by Pearl Jones
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
8 hrs
1 750-ml bottle


For the Grapefruit-Infused Vodka

  • 1 bottle (750-ml) vodka

  • 2 medium ruby red grapefruit

For each Grapefruit Vodka Soda

  • Ice

  • Half-moon slices of ruby red grapefruit, for garnish

  • 3 ounces club soda, chilled


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut off the top and bottom of a grapefruit, exposing the flesh. Place the grapefruit on the cutting board so that one of its cut sides is on the work surface. Cut away the remaining peel and pith of the grapefruit, angling the knife to follow the curve of the fruit. Cut the grapefruit into quarters. Repeat with the remaining grapefruit; transfer grapefruit to a large resealable container and pour in the vodka. Let stand at room temperature at least 8 hours (or overnight).

  2. Strain the grapefruit-infused vodka through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean resealable container. Store vodka in the freezer until ready to use.

  3. Fill a Collins glass two-thirds full with ice and tuck in a couple of grapefruit slices. Pour in 1 1/2 ounces of grapefruit-infused vodka; top up with 3 ounces of club soda. Stir briefly with a long-handled cocktail stirrer, then serve.

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