The Grapefruit Martini

The Grapefruit Martini
The Grapefruit Martini

This oh so perfect cocktail with an addicting sharp grapefruit bite, the Grapefruit Martini, was inspired by the Grapefruit Gimlet served at Lola in Cleveland, Ohio.  Made with grapefruit, lime and ginger infused Ciroc Vodka; it is the perfect blend of tart, sweet, mellow goodness.   Not too girly, this concoction is the perfect cocktail to serve at your next party or gathering. 

What you will need to infuse the vodka
What you will need to infuse the vodka

Infusing vodka is incredibly easy to do.  We made our infused vodka by taking a bottle of Ciroc Vodka and pouring it into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.  We added the rind from one grapefruit and the rind from one lime.  We also added a sliced piece of ginger (about the size of your thumb) to the mix.  We let this sit for about 3 days.  The smell of this infused vodka is divine – citrusy and sweet.  I am sure you could use it in a number of different cocktail applications.

Ciroc Vodka infused with grapefruit, lime and ginger
Ciroc Vodka infused with grapefruit, lime and ginger

If you are pressed for time you could skip the infusion aspect of this recipe and simple buy a bottle of Absolut Ruby Red.  We decided to sample both versions  of this cocktail – one with our infused Ciroc Vodka, the other with Absolut Ruby Red.  The infused Ciroc Vodka produced a much more smooth drink than the Absolut Ruby Red version.  We aren’t too picky though… we would be happy sipping either version.

Grapefruit Martini


  • 1.5 parts grapefruit infused vodka
  • 2 parts grapefruit juice
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Garnish – the grapefruit rind you used in your infusion

Shake vodka and grapefruit juice in a martini shaker and pour into a cold martini glass. Squeeze a bit of lime and garnish with a piece of grapefruit rind. Enjoy!

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3 Responses to “The Grapefruit Martini”

  1. Pamela Says:

    I recently stumbled upon your blog and have to admit I got way too excited reading this post as I find it perfectly timely. I’m coming back to Cleveland this weekend for a visit, going to Lola where I’ll have to now try the above-referenced grapefruit gimblet, and then going to come back and make your drink. Oh yeah…I love grapefruit!

  2. Megan Says:

    Enjoy Lola…it is certainly a city gem! If you can…let us know how you liked the cocktail…and your dinner :-)

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