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Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
2 glasses of Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz with rosemary

The warm flavors of cardamom infused gin, the tartness of freshly squeezed grapefruit, the subtle earthiness of rosemary syrup and the sweet bubbles of prosecco join forces to create magic in a glass.

If you’ve been following along with all of the recipes we’ve been pumping out this holiday season you might be wondering “but, where are the booze?” We’ve been a bit distracted with holiday meal mains, sides and desserts, cookies, breakfast rolls, you name it. But, when Fred Meyer asked us to join them in sharing a bit of festive cheer with a handcrafted cocktail recipe, the vote in the Modern Proper Kitchen was unanimous, we've had the recipe for this baby for a year, and now seems the perfect time to share it.

rosemary simple syrup in a small white pan
rosemary simple syrup being strained into a glass jar
Cardamom pods in Gin in a jar

One of my very favorite Christmas traditions is friends-Christmas. Our family gathers with two others for a total of six adults and 15 kids. We indulge in rich foods, games, movies and good drinks to last us hours. We look so forward to this special time to reconnect with our good friends. Year after year, I zealously volunteer to make and bring the drinks. It gives me a chance to try new things and be a bit bold with my choices. Last year’s handcrafted cocktail was the cardamom grapefruit gin fizz. It was my absolute favorite to date, and I may have just started a new tradition as I think that's what I'll be making again. I just can't get enough.

Grapefruits, Cardamom Gin and rosemary simple syrup cocktail
Grapefruits, Cardamom Gin and rosemary simple syrup cocktail
champagne being poured into Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz
rosemary simple syrup being poured into Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

The warm flavors of cardamom infused gin, the tart pucker that comes from freshly squeezed grapefruit, the subtle earthiness of rosemary simple syrup and the irresistible bubble of prosecco join forces to create magic in a glass. If you think this drink sounds too fancy to make it's way into your Christmas traditions I promise you, you're wrong. It will be right at home amongst the Christmas jammies, traditional dinner or friends-Christmas. I'm learning fancy has a place, especially at Christmas and especially when in the form of the perfect cocktail.

2 glasses of Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz with rosemary
2 glasses of Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz with rosemary

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

  • Serves: 2
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rosemary syrup (recipe below)
  • 3 oz Cardamom infused gin (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup Grapefruit juice
  • Splash of prosecco, chilled
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Grapefruit peel, for garnish

Cardamom Infused Gin and Rosemary Syrup

  • 1 cup Gin
  • 6 Cardamom pods
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Rosemary sprigs

Method

  1. In a small jar with an airtight lid add gin and cardamom pods. Seal and store for 24 hours.
  2. To make the rosemary simple syrup, bring sugar, water and 2 rosemary sprigs to a simmer in a small saucepan until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Remove the rosemary and use right away, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  3. To make the cocktail pour rosemary syrup, infused gin and grapefruit juice over ice in a cocktail mixer and shake to combine.
  4. Using a strainer, divide the mixture in two glasses filled with fresh ice.
  5. Top with prosecco and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a grapefruit peel. Cheers!