Salted Grapefruit Bourbon (Not Quite) Martini

I follow a lot of food and drink themed Instagrams, I love seeing what other people created and putting my own twist on it. 

Food & Wine had an Instagram video where they made a Salted Grapefruit Bourbon Martini. I was obsessed as soon as I saw the video and knew I had to try and make it. I had almost everything I needed, I just needed to make some salted simple syrup. Which a) is ridiculously easy to make and b) Food & Wine's post shows you exactly how in the video!

It's Saturday night. You need this salted grapefruit bourbon martini in your life, stat. 🍸

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I love the music in that video too! The drink is just as easy to make as it looks on your iPhone screen. Once you make the salted simple syrup, make sure you don't get lazy and skip the straining part. Since you are supposed to be using sea salt, there may be some leftover bits, so don't skip the straining!


You will need:

For the Salted Simple Syrup- 

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup sea salt

For the Drink-

  • 1 oz bourbon (I used Bulleit Bourbon)
  • 1 tbsp salted simple syrup 
  • 3 oz grapefruit juice
  • Ice

To make the salted simple syrup, just combine the water, sugar and salt in a small pot and bring to a boil. Stirring occasionally. 

Strain, cover and refrigerate. 

Once the syrup is cool (and I'll admit, we didn't wait...) you can make your drink!

Add the bourbon, syrup, grapefruit, and ice to a cocktail shaker and SHAKE! 

Pour into your glass, add more ice if you so desire, Alex and I use our giant ice cube trays. And enjoy! *cheers*

I called this a "Not Quite" Martini, since we opted to use our rocks glass. Still a great drink! The salted simple syrup adds a whole other flavor to the drink. It's almost creamy, and it coats the tongue nicely. Grapefruit can be bitter and tart, but the sugar balances everything out and the bourbon gives you a smooth warming sensation. I'm loving the syrup and I can't wait to find other ways to use it! 

Even Louie was intrigued! 

Perfect timing! 

Perfect timing!