Citrus-Mint Sparkler

March 4, 2018

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Tart, tangy grapefruit always shines in cocktails. In this sparkling drink, it’s a perfect, bitter balance to slightly sweet berry-flavored vodka, with a big pour of bubbles to fancy it up. Don’t skip the garnish; a big mint sprig adds an herbal aroma that’s a beautiful match for the varied fruit flavors. (Wine-wise, there’s no need for anything too fancy; a good Cava works great.)

To make simple syrup: combine one part sugar with one part hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool before using.

Serves: 1


  • 1.25 ounces berry-flavored vodka
  • .5 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • .25 ounces fresh lime juice
  • .25 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 ounces sparkling wine
  • Mint sprig, for garnish
In This Recipe


  1. Combine first four ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a large mint sprig.

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