Grapefruit and Star Anise Lemonade

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Zest of 1 grapefruit

Juice of 3 grapefruit

Juice of 3 lemons 

1/3 cup light brown sugar or honey 

2 whole star anise 

1 cinnamon stick 

1 vanilla bean, halved lengthways 

Chopped fresh fruit, to garnish 

1 handful fresh mint, to garnish 

Soda water

Ginger ale or sweet dessert wine


  1. Add the grapefruit zest and juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, star anise, cinnamon, vanilla bean and 1/2 cup water to a heavy-based pot. Simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened to a syrupy consistency, about 30 minutes.
  2. Strain the grapefruit syrup, add the chopped fruit and mint, and dilute to taste with soda water and ginger ale or sweet dessert wine.