Ginger-kissed Grapefruit Juice

This grapefruit juice will jolt you to attention. It’s just the thing if you’re looking for something bright, invigorating, spicy, and full volume citrus. Steep grated ginger in a bit of sugared water, and then strain it into a lime & grapefruit juice blend. Inspired by a version in the Rose Bakery cookbook.

Ginger-kissed Grapefruit Juice

It is citrus season here, and this is a great way to use up a couple ruby red grapefruits. This ginger-kissed grapefruit juice is my favorite caffeine-free pick-me-up. Sip it out of a tiny cordial glass with a big ice cube, or mix it with sparkling water as an afternoon refresher. It has a good amount of kick, and you can feel it going down - in a good way.

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Grapefruit Juice: More Ideas

Grapefruit juice can be a bit intense for some people, and this version (with the lime juice) even more so. SO GOOD, but intense lol. That said, you can experiment with cutting the grapefruit juice with other fruit juices to take some edge off the intensity. A 50/50 blend of grapefruit juice and blood orange juice is delicious and strikingly beautiful. And the combination of grapefruit juice with apple juice and carrots in a high-speed blender served over ice is also a favorite.

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Ginger-kissed Grapefruit Juice

5 from 1 vote

This juice is quite strong - but invigorating! You can make it more or less sweet, to your tastes. And you can mix it with more or less water sparkling water, also to taste. You can also double the recipe if you need to use up more citrus. The juice freezes well in baggies or ice cube trays. I typically use ruby red grapefruits here.

  • 3 tablespoons natural cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled then grated
  • 1 cup / 240 ml water
  • very scant 1/2 cup / 95 ml fresh lime juice , 2 juicy limes
  • 1 1/3 cups / 310 ml fresh grapefruit juice , 2 juicy grapefruits
  1. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, stir together the sugar, ginger, and water. Simmer for 5 minutes, transfer to a glass bowl or cup, and place in the freezer for a few minutes to cool.
  2. Strain the ginger into a pitcher along with the lime and grapefruit juices. You can either strain the citrus juices or leave them pulpy, just be sure to catch any seeds before they go in. Stir and taste, if you want a bit more sugar, go for it, but I find this plenty sweet. Serve straight in a tiny chilled glass with ice. Or use a splash to freshen up a glass of sparkling water.

Makes about 2 cups / 1 pint

Adapted from Breakfast, Lunch, Tea: The Many Little Meals of Rose Bakery (2006) Phaidon Press

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
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That juice sounds delicious!


Lime and grapefruit is such an amazing combination. I've not been a big fan of ginger in the past, but I'm working on cultivating a taste for it. I've been adding it to cookies and cakes as well as to veggie stirr frys. This recipe seems like a great way to expand my exposure; a sweet drink. It looks like summer in a glass!

Elizabeth (Foodie, Formerly Fat)

Wow, I've never had anything like this - what a fun flavor combination!

Simply Life

Wow, this looks totally refreshing!

Blog is the New Black

Mmm, I love anything with ginger in it, and my husband likes anything with lime -- so this is a perfect recipe to please both of our taste buds! The idea of really getting to know a cookbook is such a lovely thing. I tend to pick one to take to bed with me for reading, which fills my dreams with good things to cook. The 101 Cookbooks LIbrary sounds like a dream, too -- I'm heading over to sign up!

lauren @ spiced plate

I always keep ginger cordial in the fridge for tea or to mix with sparkling water, so I will try this, like, in the next five minutes! A shot of this would also probably make a really fun/effective in-between-courses palate cleanser, too.


I'd love to try it. I used to eat grapefruit every night until last night. Seems I've been experiencing kidney stones. Upon further research, a doctor recommended that I do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit as a preventative action.


This juice sounds incredibly refreshing!

Jessica @ How Sweet

it looks delicious!

raspberry essence

I drink a green smoothie or green juice every morning, and, frankly, this looks like a nice change! :) The idea of getting to know a book intimately over a few months is great!

JL goes Vegan

mmm, tasty! I love the breakfast lunch tea book, but I haven't cooked from it a lot. I'm gonna browse it today :)

anne b.

This looks wonderful! Too bad we still have to wait a while for citrus season where I am. Thanks for the other link too - I'll be using that a lot, I think.

Word Girl

I'm probably going to spend the day browsing cookbooks. What a beautiful space you have created!


It looks very delicious as I am ginger and grapefruits lover! For sure I will try this so good and healthy juice! Just maybe I will put honey instead a sugar.


I like the idea of cooking from one cookbook for an extended period of time, too! I have so many, I really must use them more often. I haven't had grapefruit juice in ages! And I have a ruby red grapefruit on the counter. Just need some ginger.

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)

Lime, ginger, and grapefruit together sounds so refreshingly summer. I think I would add Moscato or gin ;)


What a refreshing take on freshly squeezed juice! This reminds me of a juice I had in a little cafe in Rio when I was in Brazil - they'd make the juice fresh at your table every morning :) Thanks also for pointing me to the 101 cookbooks library - this will be really helpful as I search for new recipes to make! Great post as always :)

Anjali Shah

Wow, Heidi, this looks amazing! Having just moved to New Zealand for the year, we are actually just getting to citrus season, and this is going to be so necessary on the wet, dreary days to come. Thanks so much for this lovely post!


Heidi, could your photos be anymore inspiring? As for the 101 Cookbooks Library- people should definitely check it out and join. It's quite lovely!

kamran siddiqi

I love the idea of everyone cooking from 1 book for a month! How fun! And thanks for the link to the other site, too! I'm such a fan, yet I had no idea about that site! Grapefruit makes me weak in the knees. My mom told me that she drank a lot of grapefruit juice when she was breast feeding me as a baby, and I can't help but think that's why. Sorry, is that too personal? Gorgeous, as always!


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