Truth be told, I don’t like grapefruits – but I do like grapefruit cocktails. Especially paired with fresh herbs, so this sage Paloma happens to be one of my favorites.

There was a time that I thought, “Who doesn’t like grapefruits Chloe?”


So I cut into a big ol’ juicy one, took a bite, and pretended to like it for five seconds, then decided to be the only person in the world who doesn’t like grapefruit. Similar to my feelings about peanut butter.

I might not be the only one who doesn’t like grapefruits, but you get the picture here. They’re not my favorite. I only take them when they’re disguised with tequila, gin, or vodka.

orange cocktails on bread board

The homemade grapefruit syrup is delicious with fresh sage infused into it. The mixture happened a bit happenstance because sage was the only herb ready for picking out in the garden – so it made its way into the syrup. I am so happy it did, because it perfectly offsets the tart grapefruit flavor.

Sage Paloma

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker – shake well over ice, and serve in a salt rimmed glass. Enjoy!

Sage Infused Grapefruit Syrup


  • 2 Grapefruits
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Handful fresh sage

Quarter the grapefruits, and squeeze the juice into a small saucepan. Add the rinds and a large handful of fresh sage into the saucepan. Top with the sugar & water, and stir together. Turn the heat to the lowest setting, and let the mixture simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

Turn the heat off, and let the mixture cool – you can even refrigerate this overnight for a stronger flavor!

Strain the syrup through a mesh strainer to remove pulp, rinds, and sage leaves.

Pour the syrup into a tight seal bottle, and save for up to a month.

What is your favorite way to enjoy grapefruits? I’d love to give them another chance!

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  1. I have been craving tequila cocktails the last few months. This sounds delicious and refreshing. I’m going to save your recipe for once baby arrives!

    1. I am so excited for the baby to come, congrats! This will be a great celebratory drink!

  2. OMG this sounds and looks so good! I’m just like you, I don’t really love grapefruit but I do love grapefruit cocktails. So weird but I guess it’s the tequila just makes me love anything. Lol.

    1. haha I am in the same boat ;) I think tequila could also help me overcome my dislike of salads…what do you say?

  3. Okay I NEED to try this!!! I didn’t used to like grapefruit but I grew out of that – so I’ll sooo be trying this this summer! YUM!

    1. It’s seriously so so yummy! I am glad you were able to mature out of the grapefruit dislike – I am still working on it ;)