A light and refreshing Tequila Spritzer recipe that you can knock up in minutes and enjoy at any time of year. This grapefruit rosemary cocktail with tequila and pineapple juice uses fresh rosemary that is muddled with the tequila and pineapple chunks, so it's incredibly simple to make and has no syrup. We add some grapefruit juice, top it up with soda water and serve with a rosemary garnish and the result is a fragrant tequila cocktail that works well as an aperitif or at parties.
I'm a huge fan of easy cocktails and this Tequila Spritzer ticks all the boxes. It's pretty too, a soft pink colour that complements the earthy green of the rosemary garnish.
I developed this grapefruit rosemary cocktail recipe for friends of mine in Belize who have access to limited ingredients, but what they did have in abundance was pineapples, tequila and grapefruit. It's become a favourite of mine and I love spritzer drinks when I want a lighter cocktail with low sugar.
Looking for easy cocktail recipes? Try a Twinkle - made with champagne, gin and elderflower it's another one of my faves.
Here's what you will need to make this Tequila Spritzer with grapefruit, rosemary and pineapple.
- Silver Tequila
- Soda Water
- Grapefruit juice
See the recipe card for quantities.
Put the pineapple chunks, rosemary and tequila in the cocktail shaker and muddle together so the tequila and pineapple juice mix and the rosemary sprigs infuse with them.
Don't have a cocktail set and wondering how to muddle without a muddler? You can use a Pestle from a Pestle and Mortar set or a wooden spoon instead
Add the grapefruit juice and fill the shaker with as much ice as you can fit in.
Why should you fill the cocktail shaker to the top with ice?
The more the ice can move as you shake it, the more it will break down and melt, which waters down your cocktail. Filling the cocktail shaker completely with ice allows the liquid to move over and around the ice whilst it stays still.
This way the tequila spritzer is chilled down without being watered down. No one wants a watery cocktail. Maximum strength please!
Strain the grapefruit rosemary cocktail with tequila into a lowball glass with a couple of ice cubes in it. Top it up with soda and slide the rosemary garnish down the side.
Ta da! A Tequila Spritzer.
Hint: This cocktail would taste great served with a snack of manchego cheese drizzled in honey. But then I believe cheese and honey goes with everything.
Substitutions and variations
Here are a few ways you can change up this tequila spritzer recipe to suit you.
- Herbs - try it with thyme instead of rosemary
- No alcohol - US readers try Ritual Zero Proof and Europe try Mockingbird
- Fruit - Try swapping the grapefruit juice for another citrus like blood orange.
You will need a cocktail shaker, something to muddle with and low ball glassware like these fun glasses from LSA International.
Store the pineapple, grapefruit juice and soda water in the fridge before making this cocktail.
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
It does really make a difference to use chunks of fresh pineapple muddled with the rosemary and tequila in this spritzer recipe, and you can snack on any leftovers.
Tequila Spritzer with Grapefruit, Rosemary & Pineapple
- Cocktail shaker
- Low ball glassware
- 50 ml tequila
- 100 grams pineapple
- 150 ml grapefruit juice
- 200 ml soda water
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- Put the pineapple chunks, rosemary and tequila in the cocktail shaker and muddle together for 30 seconds so the tequila and pineapple juice mix and the rosemary sprigs infuse with them.
- Add the grapefruit juice and fill the shaker with as much ice as you can fit in before shaking.
- Strain the grapefruit rosemary cocktail with tequila into a lowball glass with a couple of ice cubes in it. Top it up with soda and slide the rosemary garnish down the side.
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