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Grapefruit & Pomegranate Vodka Sour

This simple and refreshing cocktail is a wonderful way to enjoy the flavors of winter fruit. Grapefruit, pomegranate, and honey add sweet, sour, and floral notes to this easy vodka drink.

Back in 2019, this recipe originally appeared in a seasonal food and drink pairing with my Winter Buddha Bowl, but given the immense popularity of the cocktail recipe by itself on social media, I decided it was time to give it its own dedicated recipe!

a pink drink in a rocks glass with a red grapefruit wheel and a rosemary sprig.

You can find more winter citrus cocktails here and a delicious, even easier, booze-free version of this drink in my Winter Sun (Grapefruit & Pomegranate Mocktail)!

Who doesn’t love a simple, seasonal cocktail? This light, crisp Grapefruit & Pomegranate Sour is a great lunch or dinner-time cocktail, made with vodka, grapefruit, lemon, and a honey pomegranate syrup.

Tip: if you’re a gin lover, feel free to substitute with a nice juniper-forward London Dry, or even a fruity grapefruit gin like Malfy Gin Rosa!

You might also like my Easy Lemon Vodka Cocktail.

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Quick & easy honey pomegranate syrup

Don’t be intimidated by the special syrup, this one takes very little prep and just a minute or two to combine ingredients.

You can use freshly pressed pomegranate juice, or a brand like POM, it’s up to you. I like to use fresh juice when I can find pomegranates at the store.

Simply mix 1/2 cup of honey with 1/2 cup of water, add 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice, stir, and voila!

Learn all about honey syrup and more ways to use it!

I like to use warm water to speed up the process, but you can use room temperature water and the honey will dissolve almost as quickly.

There’s no need to cook or boil anything and make more dirty dishes. Simply mix and store the syrup in the same mason jar or other resealable container.

This Honey Pomegranate Syrup should keep in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.

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grapefruit and pomegranate vodka sour cocktail recipe

Grapefruit & Pomegranate Vodka Sour

A light, crisp lunch or dinner time cocktail with vodka, grapefruit, lemon, and an easy honey pomegranate syrup.

4.65 from 39 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz honey pomegranate syrup*


  • *To make the Honey Pomegranate Syrup, add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup honey to a mason jar and stir until the honey dissolves. Add 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice and stir to combine.
  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill 3/4 with ice. Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds.
  • Strain into a double rocks glass filled with pebble or cracked ice.
  • Garnish with grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.
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a pink drink in a rocks glass with a red grapefruit wheel and a sprig of rosemary.
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