This classic cocktail is as easy to make. It's tart and salty and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. If you like your citrus cocktails a bit more on the sweet side, add a quick honey syrup, or if you like things spicy, you can even muddle a few slices of jalapeño in the bottom of your shaker first!

Kate E. Richards
Source:, May 2020


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Spread salt on a small plate. Run grapefruit wedge around the rim of a tall glass, then roll the glass in the salt to thoroughly coat the rim. Fill the glass with ice.

  • Place jalapeño slices (if using) in a cocktail shaker and muddle briefly. Add vodka (or gin), grapefruit juice and honey syrup, if desired. Fill the shaker three-fourths full of ice. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice, if desired.


Tip: To make a quick honey simple syrup, stir 1 tsp. hot water into 1 tsp. honey until the honey is dissolved; let cool.

Nutrition Facts

176.4 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 19.8g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 0.5g 2% DV; sugars 8.1g; fat 0.2g; saturated fatg; vitamin a iu 852.4IU 17% DV; vitamin c 58.4mg 97% DV; folate 15.8mcg 4% DV; calcium 15.7mg 2% DV; iron 0.3mg 2% DV; magnesium 17.7mg 6% DV; potassium 250.5mg 7% DV; sodium 2.1mg; thiamin -1mg -100% DV; added sugar 6g.