Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

Story by Natalie
Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz
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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 and 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.

It will be right at home amongst the Christmas jammies, traditional dinner or friends-Christmas.

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

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.

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.

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

Serves 2

Infused Gin and Rosemary Syrup

1 cup gin
6 cardamom pods
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 rosemary sprigs


2 oz rosemary syrup
3 oz infused gin
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
splash of prosecco
rosemary sprigs
grapefruit peel


  1. In a small jar with an airtight lid add gin and cardamom pods. Seal and store for 24 hours.
  2. In a small saucepan bring sugar, water and 2 rosemary sprigs to a simmer 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 add rosemary syrup, infused gin and grapefruit juice over ice in a cocktail mixer and stir. Using a strainer, divide the mixture in two and pour directly into glasses filled with fresh ice. Top with prosecco and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a grapefruit peel.  Cheers!