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Grapefruit-Honey-Ginger Soda

If you are looking for a tasty way to encourage you (or your loved ones) to drink more water, a way to add a little sparkle to a party or just a way to use up leftover citrus, this is the one. Pour a few glugs of this syrup into a glass of ice and sparkling water and you have a healthy, delicious and fun beverage. Place a slice of grapefruit on the side of the glass and let a thin slice of ginger float for garnish.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Author The Cowgirl Gourmet adapted this recipe from the Kitchn's recipe


  • Zest of 1 pink or ruby red organic grapefruit
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice I used 1 1/2 grapefruits
  • 1/2 cup raw local honey
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • Carbonated water for serving (I prefer the Mountain Valley Spring brand)
  • Grapefruit slices for garnish
  • Sliced ginger for garnish


  1. Zest the grapefruit first and then juice it.
  2. In a small saucepan, add the zest, juice, chopped ginger and honey and place over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and allow to boil for two minutes, watching carefully and stirring frequently. You want the honey to melt and the flavors to meld, but you do not want it to bubble over. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  3. Through a sieve, strain the syrup into a clean container and discard the ginger and remaining zest.
  4. To serve, spoon 2 tablespoons of the syrup into an 8-ounce glass filled with ice, add sparkling water and stir to combine. Place a slice of grapefruit on the rim of the glass and drop in a slice of ginger. Serve immediately and repeat often.
  5. Refrigerate any leftover syrup and use within 1-2 weeks.