Elderflower Grapefruit Gin & Tonics

If you’re anything like me, you are counting down the days until winter is over. It’s dark and grey outside and I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen the sun in weeks. I needed a little bit of sunshine in my life, so I used this recipe for inspiration to create a citrusy and refreshing cocktail. It’s simple to make and is perfect to sip on as a pre-dinner cocktail, at the end of a long day or just because.

I haven’t always been the biggest fan of grapefruit, but I love the sweet and tart flavour it provides in a cocktail. It’s refreshing without being too sweet. The rosemary is really what makes the cocktail, though. If you haven’t tried adding herbs to your cocktails yet, then you’re truly missing out! It was just this past year that I started getting into cocktails with herbs and now, I can never look back. My favourite herb to add is rosemary, but sage and basil are great as well.

You’ll notice that the recipe includes specific types of gin, elderflower liqueur and tonic. While I think you could use any brand and still end up with a good cocktail, these specific ones add a little something special to the drink. Plus, both Split Tree and Dillon’s are local Ontario companies so you can feel good supporting local while enjoying your delicious drink.

Please continue reading below to find the recipe, and let me know what you think if you try it!

Elderflower Grapefruit Gin & Tonics


  • 1.5 oz Dillon’s Rose Gin
  • 3/4 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Split Tree Tonic No 3
  • 3-4 oz club soda
  • 1 slice of pink grapefruit (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 rosemary sprig


Add 3-4 ice cubes to your prettiest glass. Squeeze the grapefruit into the glass. Add the gin, elderflower liqueur, tonic and club soda. Garnish with extra slices of grapefruit and the sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!

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  1. I love elderflower so this sounds like a great drink for me! I’m not a huge fan of grapefruit either but in a drink it’s much less bitter. Beautiful photos by the way!

    1. I think you’ll love this drink because the elderflower helps with the bitterness of the grapefruit. It’s refreshing but not too sweet! Thank you for the sweet comment about my photos! It’s definitely a learning process. 🙂

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