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Grapefruit julep recipe

Grapefruit julep recipe

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This is a delicate twist on the classic mint julep. If you have traditional tin julep cups, now's the time to use them. Otherwise, ceramic cups or glasses will work just as well. Replace the vodka with a little extra grapefruit juice to make a non-alcoholic version. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 5 mins to cook
  • 124 calories / serving
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • large handful mint leaves
  • 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) vodka (optional)
  • 40ml (2fl oz) grenadine
  • 4 tsp lime juice
  • 200ml (1/3 pint) pink grapefruit juice
If you don't have any limes, try a lemon instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 0%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    14g 15%
  • Salt

    trace 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 14.3g Protein 0.4g Fibre 0g


  1. Start by making a sugar syrup. Put the sugar in a small saucepan with 65ml (2 1/2 fl oz) water. Gently heat through, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Cool completely. The syrup will keep, covered, in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon syrup into each of 4 julep cups or tumblers. Divide the mint leaves between the cups and use the end of a rolling pin or a wooden spoon handle to muddle (mash) them, releasing their flavour.
  3. Divide the vodka (if using), grenadine and lime juice between the cups and fill each with crushed ice. Top up each cup with pink grapefruit juice.

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