Grapefruit & Serrano Chile Crush

Grapefruit & Serrano Chile Crush

I read in one of my favorite cookbooks, Culinary Artistry, that grapefruit and Chile was a match made in heaven. THIS IS FACT. I am an absolute sucker for a great craft cocktail, but with Corona ruining all my plans, I have to settle for making them at home. This grapefruit Serrano crush recipe is simple enough, and is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

What makes this recipe spicy is the Serrano simple syrup. This recipe makes a little bit extra syrup, so you can easily store it in the fridge and easily make a grapefruit Serrano crush whenever you feel like it. I almost exclusively use Titos for all of my cocktail recipes. I love that its flavor is super neutral and its gluten free:

This grapefruit Serrano crush recipe wouldn’t be a crush without freshly squeezed citrus…and a lot of it. There’s no need to go out and buy a special citrus juicer. A great hack is to insert closed tongs into the flesh of the halved citrus, then squeeze and twist the fruit around them. This helps to get every last bit out.

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Grapefruit Serrano Crush

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Grapefruit & Serrano Crush

March 26, 2020
: 2-6
: 15 min
: easy

Make your own craft cocktails at home this weekend! This grapefruit Serrano crush is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy and... vodka.


  • For the Serrano simple syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 6 serrano chiles
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice, from about 2 grapefruits
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Serrano simple syrup
  • splash club soda
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • Step 1 Combine all ingredients for the Serrano simple syrup in a medium sauce pot and heat on low until the sugar evaporates. Chill. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • Step 2 For the cocktails, shake the grapefruit juice, vodka and simple syrup with ice. Strain into 2 ice filled glasses.
  • Step 3 Top the drinks with a squeeze of lime, and a splash of club soda. Garnish with halved Serranos and grapefruit sections, if desired.


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