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Grapefruit Bee’s Knees Mocktail

Enjoy a grapefruit- and honey-based fizzy mocktail!

Grapefruit Bees Knees Mocktail in a class with a spring of rosemary and a lime garnish. A sliced grapefruit and lime are on a cutting board to the left.

I love a mocktail. It elevates the moment, gives me something delicious to sip on, and doesn’t make me tired or interfere with my sleep. I enjoy many tea-infused mocktails. But since I usually drink mocktails in the evening and don’t drink caffeine that late, tea mocktails aren’t my go-to choices. 

Here’s the recipe for my grapefruit- and honey-centered mocktail. It’s on my repeat list lately. I hope you enjoy it.

You’ll notice this recipe calls for honey syrup. A quick note about that. You *could* use simple syrup or another liquid sweetener. But, honey syrup is easy and fast to make, dissolves beautifully in even cold drinks, and adds a rich and delicious complexity. 

Grapefruit Bees Knees Mocktail in a class with a spring of rosemary and a lime garnish. A sliced grapefruit and lime are on a cutting board to the left.

GRAPEFRUIT BEE’S KNEES MOCKTAIL

Recipe from Tea Infusiast
A grapefruit- and honey-based fizzy mocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 oz honey syrup (or more, to taste)
  • 2 oz grapefruit juice
  • 2-4 drops Angostura Bitters
  • 4 oz seltzer
  • 1 sprig rosemary (optional)

Instructions
 

  • TO MAKE THE HONEY SYRUP (more than you need for this recipe): Combine equal parts honey and water in a saucepan. (You can use as little as ¼ c. each.) Stir over medium high heat until dissolved, then add one more minute. Cool and refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to a week.
  • TO MAKE THE MOCKTAIL: Combine room temperature (or even better, chilled) honey syrup, grapefruit juice and Angostura Bitters. If you are using the optional rosemary sprig, pour the liquids over it to infuse a stronger rosemary flavor or add it at the end for a more subtle one. Top with seltzer. Enjoy!

Notes

VARIATION:
Keep the Angostura bitters on the low end, 1-2 drops only, and add a small squeeze of lime.  Check the sweetness and adjust honey syrup to taste.
EXTRA HONEY SYRUP:
Honey syrup dissolves beautifully in any drink. If you drink sweetened iced tea, for example, that’s a great way to use extra honey syrup.

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