Grapefruit & Gin Summer Spritz

Cueing my drink of choice for the foreseeable future — this sparkling grapefruit number is refreshing and the most beautiful color! Just before stirring with a citrus peel, its ingredients form an effortless ombre effect. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Makes 1 serving


2 ounces gin
3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
3 ounces lime sparkling water
Juice of half a lime
Orange or grapefruit peel, to garnish

Fill a tumbler with ice. Pour gin, grapefruit juice, and sparkling water in order. Squeeze lime and give a light stir. Garnish with citrus peel.

Photos by Erin Austen Abbott

Jalapeño-Infused Gin Rickey

Mix up an easy at-home cocktail with a bit of spice and citrus to kick the weekend into gear.

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Makes 1 serving

1 1/2 ounce gin
1/2 ounce jalapeño simple syrup (shop local with Cane & Herb)
1 lime, halved
4–6 ounces sparkling water

Filla glass with ice. Add gin and jalapeño simple syrup. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lime. Pour over your favorite mineral or soda water. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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