The Nevada Grapefruit Martini

The Nevada Grapefruit Martini is made with rum, fresh lime and grapefruit juice – all shaken into a martini glass!


The idea for this drink came up a few weeks ago when I found out that a friend of mine was coming into town from Texas. From what I was told, he loves grapefruit.

He has one every day…so I thought what better way to greet him than with a grapefruit martini!

I went searching for grapefruit drink recipes but a lot of them were just versions of another drink, like a screwdriver, but swapping the orange juice with grapefruit juice, or they were over-compensating for the grapefruit by using way too much sweetener.

This Nevada cocktail seemed to be the perfect answer to what I was looking for. It has freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, bitters and freshly squeezed lime juice. But don’t worry, there’s a bit of simple syrup to balance it all out.

I went through a LOT of grapefruits trying to find the perfect cocktail to serve to my friend. I also discovered through this process that apparently my five year old LOVES eating grapefruit- who would have thought?

He ate all the leftover wedges and slices we hadn’t used for garnish. It’s kind of funny how you don’t buy things at the grocery store that you don’t particularly like not even thinking that your kids might have different tastes than yours.

So now, we have added grapefruit to the already very long grocery store list. Which is a good thing- it’s not like it’s candy or anything- grapefruit is good for you!

So I consider this grapefruit martini to be a very healthy addition to your cocktail hour.




The Nevada Grapefruit Martini

  • Author: Dan
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 2 ounces rum
  • 1 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave
  • Dash or two of bitters (optional)


  1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with fresh grapefruit slice.

11 Responses

  1. fina

    I think the Cointreau adds to alcohol content, though and the bitters did get lost in the grapefruit but no matter. Outstanding drink. Thanks!

  2. Kim

    So you didn’t mention what your friend from Texas thought about your concoction?
    I’m from Texas and It has been sweltering here, so I want to give this a try because it sounds refreshing and includes some of my favorite drink ingredients. But, I’m going to sub vodka for the rum.
    Thanks, Dan!

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