Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails

Side view of grapefruit cocktails.

These Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails are perfect for a festive brunch or holiday party. The simple vanilla bean & grapefruit syrup can be made ahead of time. To serve, just add sparkling wine.

Since the holiday season is here, it’s the perfect time for a festive, sparkling cocktail. These Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails would be right at home at a holiday brunch, or served as part of a New Year’s Eve gathering.

They’re gorgeously flecked with vanilla bean and scented with grapefruit and basically all things delicious.

My favorite part about these cocktails is that all of the work can be done ahead of time. That “work” lies in making the simple syrup, but in all honestly the simple syrup really is simple. It will only take you about 10 minutes to make it, then you’ll need to let it cool.

Bottle of simple syrup.

How to Make Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Simple Syrup

Split a vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape the seeds into a small saucepan. Throw the whole bean in there too. Then add the zest and juice from one grapefruit, 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Heat on medium-high until the sugar dissolves and then just let it all steep and cool for an hour or so. Strain out the solids and you’re set.

How to Make Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails

To make these cocktails add an ounce of the simple syrup to a champagne flute and top it off with sparkling wine. No need to use a spendy bottle of champagne. Instead, look for Cava or Prosecco. Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly sparkling wines.

Sparkling cocktail next to bottle of simple syrup.

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Side view of grapefruit cocktails.

Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, grapefruit cocktail, sparkling cocktail, vanilla bean cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 226 kcal
These Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails are perfect for a festive brunch or holiday party. The simple vanilla bean & grapefruit syrup can be made ahead of time. To serve, just add sparkling wine.
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Ingredients

Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean split in half, seeds scraped
  • 1 grapefruit zested & juiced

Cocktail

  • 1 ounce Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Simple Syrup
  • 6 ounces Sparkling wine
  • Grapefruit wedges for garnish
  • Fresh thyme for garnish

Instructions

Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Simple Syrup

  1. In a small saucepan mix sugar, water, vanilla seeds and bean, and grapefruit juice and zest. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; set aside 1 hour to cool. Discard vanilla bean and strain through fine mesh strainer. Pour syrup into glass jar and refrigerate.

Cocktail

  1. To serve, add 1 ounce syrup to a champagne flute; top with sparkling wine and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and sprig of fresh thyme.

Recipe Notes

This recipe will make enough simple syrup for about 10 cocktails. You can also add the syrup to sparkling water for a flavored soda water. 

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Bean & Grapefruit Sparkling Cocktails
Amount Per Serving
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Potassium 531mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 19g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 56.6%
Vitamin C 93%
Calcium 7.5%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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6 comments

  1. Kristina


    yes, please! I love a sparkly cocktail, and the vanilla bean syrup sounds lovely for SO MANY things! saving this one – might make some tonight! CHEERS.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope you love it Kristina – Cheers!

      Reply

  2. Becky


    WOW! Those all look so good!

    Reply

  3. Mary


    That sounds outstanding. I’m not into super sweet cocktails, and I can tell this has great balance of citrus with the grapefruit (one of my favorite cocktail mixers!). Definitely trying this, and not only this holiday season… I can see this being a great summer go-to as well!

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