Grapefruit Mojito

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 20 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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1 cup sugar

Two 2-inch pieces fresh ginger 

2 to 3 strips red grapefruit zest, pith removed 

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus 2 sprigs for garnish 

1 ruby red grapefruit, segmented 

1 lime, chopped 

1/4 cup best-quality white rum, very cold 

1 split (quarter-bottle) sparkling rose wine, very cold 


  1. Combine the sugar, 1 cup water, ginger and grapefruit zest in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add most of the mint leaves. Let cool to room temperature, then chill for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.
  2. Strain the simple syrup into a small bowl and discard the solids. Divide the grapefruit segments, lime pieces and the remaining mint leaves between two tall glasses. Add a few tablespoons of simple syrup to each and muddle. Fill the glasses with ice cubes; stir 2 tablespoons of the rum into each and fill with sparkling wine. Stir, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.