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Grapefruit Elderflower Cocktail

Photo: Greg Dupree Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas 

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 15 mins

Serves: 6

Elderflower is the hidden treasure in this rum-spiked take on the traditional Salty Dog.


  • 8 large ruby red grapefruits
  • 12 ounces white rum
  • 8 ounces St-Germain or other elderflower-flavored liqueur
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar
  • Garnish: grapefruit twists

How to Make It

  1. Squeeze juice from grapefruit quarters into a measuring cup to equal 5 to 6 cups juice; pour through a wire-mesh strainer, discarding pulp. Combine rum, liqueur, and juice in a tall pitcher. Set aside.

  2. Squeeze remaining juice from grapefruit onto a rimmed plate. Combine salt and sugar on another plate. Dip rims of lowball glasses into juice on plate; dip rims in salt mixture to coat.

  3. Add ice to pitcher, and stir contents vigorously until chilled. Strain into prepared glasses; garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.