Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit (Bourbon + Grapefruit + Ginger)

For us, grapefruit has always been a bit polarizing. For a long time, we really struggled to find a good use for grapefruit, as it always seemed to come across as strangely bitter and a bit unbalanced - at least until we started integrating it into our cocktails and - oh man! - we finally understood why so many people rave about grapefruit! When added to a cocktail, the grapefruit's complex, bittersweet flavor profile provides an added depth of flavor that also serves to balance out the sweeter components of the drink it's incorporated into, leaving you with a flavorful and well-balanced drink! Since discovering this, we've integrated fresh grapefruit juice into so many of our cocktails (like our Mezcal and Tonic!), but we've never created a drink dedicated to truly highlighting the grapefruit's unique flavor - at least until now! This cocktail - named Forbidden Fruit after the nickname originally given to the grapefruit when it was first discovered in Barbados in the mid-eighteenth century - was designed to showcase everything that is great about this incredible fruit! Not only does it include grapefruit two ways - using fresh grapefruit juice and grapefruit bitters - but it also surrounds the grapefruit with ingredients perfectly suited to complement it - bourbon, lime, ginger, mint, and just a pinch of salt - creating a drink that is grapefruit-forward yet incredibly well-balanced. Whether you love grapefruit or have mixed feelings about it (like we used to!), we know you will love this drink as much as we do!


For Cocktail:

  • 2 oz bourbon

  • 1 1/2 oz grapefruit juice

  • 3/4 oz lime juice

  • 1/2 oz homemade ginger simple syrup (see recipe below)

  • 2 dashes grapefruit bitters (we used The Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters!)

  • 7-8 leaves fresh mint

  • 1 pinch salt

  • Fresh mint (for garnish)

For Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 cup ginger, peeled and sliced

  • 1/2 cup sugar (we use cane sugar!)

  • 1/2 cup water


  1. To make simple syrup, combine sugar, water, and ginger in a small saucepan over high heat, stirring periodically to dissolve the sugar. When the mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring periodically. Let the syrup cool completely, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate - if stored properly, the syrup should keep for up to a month!

  2. Combine bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, mint, and salt in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Tip: To make your life easier, try using a citrus press like this one!

  3. Shake and double strain into a champagne flute filled with ice.

  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

  5. Enjoy!