Pamplemousse Fizz

I’ve developed a bit of an obsession with grapefruit soda.  I bought one variety on a lark a few months ago in lieu of my usual low calorie soda.  The flavor was a refreshing change of pace for my palate – and I knew that I could use it for some future experiments.

That first bottle I purchased was a fantastic orange grapefruit flavor, which apparently got discontinued shortly after I discovered it.  I noticed that the same company also makes a dry pink grapefruit soda.  I tried it and felt it was a suitable replacement. Using inspiration from recipes I’ve made in the past, the Pink Victrola and Pink Flamingo Martini, I set out to create something new.  After some research, I found a similar recipe, the Pamplemousse Fizz. This cocktail, however, uses grapefruit juice and seltzer instead of grapefruit soda. Despite the difference, I don’t feel my variation is truly unique or original….but it saves me from coming up with a clever name.

Pamplemousse Fizz

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Credit: Simply Whisked and Food & Wine


  • 4 oz pink grapefruit soda (I use diet)
  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz elderflower liqueur
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • Slice of lemon for garnish, if desired


  1. Pour ingredients into a double old-fashioned over ice.
  2. Stir gently.
  3. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Pamplemousse Fizz

I really can’t adequately express how much I enjoy this soda.  I enjoy it as is, without liquor, on ice – but it has turned out to be a very versatile mixer.  In fact, I foresee some experiments mixing pink grapefruit soda with rum and vodka in the future, so stay tuned.

I did not try making it with juice and seltzer yet, but I can’t imagine it will taste bad.

This beverage is just as refreshing and light as the Paloma, but the flavor of the gin and elderflower puts a different spin on it.  As Food & Wine suggests, this would be a wonderful brunch cocktail…or to serve at an afternoon tea party or picnic lunch. Next time you are out to buy a bottle of grapefruit soda, just grab a couple…or a half dozen bottles.  I promise you will find use for them.  Cheers!

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