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Naturally sweetened honey rosemary grapefruit sodas via

Honey Rosemary Grapefruit Sodas

  • Author: Laura - Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Soda (can be easily multiplied) 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian



for the rosemary grapefruit simple syrup (makes about 1-1/2 cups):

  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 large strips of grapefruit zest
  • 23 large sprigs of fresh rosemary

for the honey rosemary grapefruit sodas:

  • 12 parts rosemary simple syrup
  • 2 parts fresh grapefruit juice
  • 34 parts sparkling water or club soda
  • ice/fresh rosemary sprigs/grapefruit slices, for serving/garnish


make the rosemary grapefruit simple syrup:

  1. Heat the water, sugar, honey, and grapefruit juice in a medium sauce pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the grapefruit zest and rosemary, and let gently simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and steep for up to an hour.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a glass jar, and chill before serving. Can be made in advance, and stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

make the honey rosemary grapefruit sodas:

  1. To serve, fill a highball glass with ice. Add the rosemary simple syrup and fresh grapefruit juice. Stir to combine. Top with soda/sparkling water.
  2. Garnish with grapefruit slices and/or a sprig of rosemary. Serve and enjoy!


Make it boozy: Add 1.5 oz gin before topping with soda.

Make it a rosemary paloma cocktail: Add 1.5 oz tequila and a big squeeze of lime to the rosemary simple and grapefruit juice. Cheers!

Make it vegan: Swap pure maple syrup or organic cane sugar for the honey.

Make it paleo: Swap out the cane sugar, and use a full cup of honey. The honey flavor will be more pronounced, but equally delicious!

Keywords: homemade grapefruit soda, rosemary, honey, cocktail