Hair of the Dog

Grapefruit Zanzini

26th March 2015


If a drink has ginger simple syrup in it, my mom and I have always called it a Zanzini. I thought that’s what everyone called them, but apparently we made it up. Seriously, try googling “Zanzini Recipe”… nothing. Regardless, ginger simple syrup is a delicious way to add sweetness and zest to any cocktail. I had a ripe, juicy grapefruit, so I was so excited to combine the tart juice with some fresh mint and ginger. These seriously strong, refreshing cocktails are so simple to make and absolutely perfect for lounging potentials this spring!


Do yourself a favor: tune into some good music, find a chair, and relax with one of these Grapefruit Zanzinis on a Sunday evening, preferably somewhere outdoors. They are also delicious without alcohol, so make a batch for the kids at your next BBQ. Oh, there are no kids? Fair enough, double the alcohol and kiss your responsibilities goodbye.

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Total Time | 15 minutes

Makes 4 cocktails


  • 2 grapefruits (~1c juice)
  • 1 lime
  • ¼ c mint
  • 6 oz vodka
  • 16 oz club soda or sparkling water
  • 1 cup ice
  • Ginger simple syrup
    • ½ cup sugar
    • ½ cup water
    • 1-teaspoon ginger, minced


To make ginger simple syrup, combine water, sugar, and ginger in a small pan and place over medium-high heat. When the syrup begins to boil and all the sugar has dissolved (~5 minutes), remove from heat and set aside.

While the syrup comes to a boil, juice the grapefruit and lime. Muddle the mint in a cocktail tumbler (or any large jar) using the blunt handle of a wooden spoon or a handheld wooden juicer.

Combine all the ingredients in the cocktail tumbler and vigorously shake to mix.

I strained out the mint, pulp, and ice and served in cocktail glasses, but you can also save yourself the trouble and pour directly into a glass with extra ice.

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