Cranberry Grapefruit Kiss


Here in Madison, Wisconsin there used to be THE perfect (to me) restaurant. It had something for everyone: think bar food, wonderful salads and appetizers, decent prices, plenty of seating, a casual, friendly crowd, and in the summer a HUGE outdoor patio. Those who live in Wisconsin LOVE places with outdoor seating, even though it’s relevant only 3-4 months of the year. It makes up a tiny bit for those days of winter. ⛄️

So, I was particularly sad when this restaurant closed. Something about using the (truly awesome) location for a different purpose. What?! Don’t they know? We NEEDED that restaurant!

Rather than rip out my favorite booth and take it with me, I went in a different direction:  I wrote down the ingredients of my favorite cocktail, what they called a “Grapefruit Kiss.” It was similar to a vodka with cranberry juice, with some adjustments. All I had to do was figure out the proportions.

I had a unique trip to the liquor store. I was looking for grapefruit flavored vodka and “St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur”. The vodka was no problem, but the elderflower liqueur took some searching. I found the St Germaine as well as a cheaper brand. I decided to get the cheaper brand, since I was just experimenting. When I went to the checkout, the guy took one look and said: “Wow, I can’t believe it”! I felt a little self-conscious – was 2 bottles really that much? Was this guy judging me? So I asked him what he meant, and he pointed to the elderflower liqueur and said “I’ve had those in stock for so long and never sold any until today – and you are the second one!” to which I said “Well, the recipe says St. Germaine, but I’m hoping it won’t make a difference.” He said, “that’s exactly what the other guy said!” LOL.

Well THAT bottle of elderflower liqueur is long gone and now I DO have the real, not the knock-off brand of St. Germaine. To be honest, I don’t think it makes much difference. But, I’m kinda high-maintenance, so I’ll probably keep buying the real stuff.

So in my kitchen, this beverage was created. Since I cannot be certain I have the exact same proportions, I am calling mine the Cranberry-Grapefruit Kiss. Anyone who likes cranberry juice will love this drink.

I personally feel that any beverage containing cranberry juice should be considered health food, don’t you?

Cranberry-Grapefruit Kiss

A delicious variation on a vodka and cranberry juice!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 82kcal


  • 1 shot (1.5 oz)grapefruit flavored vodka
  • ½ shot (0.75 oz)elderflower liqueur
  • 6 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 wedge of lime
  • sugar for rim optional


  • Use the lime wedge to rim the edge of the glass. Dip the moist edge in sugar to coat.
  • In a cocktail shaker, mix the vodka, liqueur, and cranberry juice with ice. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 131mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.4mg



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